Pompano Beach, FL…September 5, 2017…Due to the impending threat of Hurricane Irma, the Florida Stakes season for two and three year-olds, scheduled to begin on Saturday, September 9, has been pushed back one week.
The first leg of the Sunshine State Stakes will be held on Saturday, September 16 with the second leg the following Saturday, September 23, after the qualifying races.
In cancelling the races for this Saturday, FSBOA President Joe Pennacchio remarked, “While we are anxious to start our stakes program here in Florida, the thing most paramount is the safety of our horses and all personnel involved.
“Travel may be next to impossible and we want everyone to hunker down in a secure location.”
Those who have already entered for the opening leg of the Sunshine State Stakes do not have to re-enter their horses.
The hurricane is not expected to impact the start of Pompano Park’s pari-mutuel season, which gets underway on Sunday, October 1.