Racing was called off at Bowie Race Course yesterday afternoon after the fifth race had been run. A sudden drop of five degrees in the temperature caused water on the track to freeze and several jockeys scratched their mounts after the fourth race.
The decision to cancel was made jointly by the stewards, jockeys and managements.
"I asked the jockeys if they couldn't make it through the feature (the eight race, the $25,000 Bowie Handicap)," said general manager Al Karwacki. "When they said it was getting too dangerous for even one more race I decided we'd had enough for the day."
There were no refunds since five races are all that are required by law to consitute a racing program.
Early reports from National Weather service employed by Bowie, had indicated higher temperatures during the morning. The decision to go ahead with yesterday's card was made at 9:30 a.m.
The daily double was won by Bright Tartan, ridden by Lynn Cline, and Mamie Taylor, ridden by Bill Passmore. The 4-5 combination returned $53.60.
Mrs. Elmer Trueman, who will be 85 years old Feb. 16, saddled Gitty Bang Bang to win the third at a $17 win payoff. Gitty Bang Bang was ridden by Mike Sim and topped a 1-5 exacta worth $63.20.
The crowd of 8.194 had wagered $193,359 before the cancellation.