ALBANY, NY – Weather is extremely important for horse racing.
As hot temperatures surround Saratoga track season, the focus will be on making sure the horses are being well taken care of.
Last year at the Saratoga track, weather went from nearly 100 degrees and sunny to temperatures in the mid-60's with rain and wind. These weather conditions can influence how horses are during their races.
Former jockey turned training rider Daniel Luna says that changes in temperature, precipitation, and even the wind can mean the difference between the winner's circle and disaster.
Luna explains, "When the weather's too hot, then you lose because the horses can pass away on the track."
As for the rain, it can have a sloppy effect on the track during races. Luna says some trainers will have their horse's skip in the barn when it is raining too much and some trainers will send horses to the track to job.
However it appears most trainers all agree on keeping horses in the barn during thunderstorms. Luna says, "When it comes to thunderstorms, most of the trainers keep the horses in the barn."
Weather conditions are important for jockeys and trainers to pay close attention to.
The good news is that Friday is opening day at the Saratoga Race Course and the weather forecast looks nice for the start of season. The horses in Saratoga are expected to be in top training shape.
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