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With the forecast calling for substantial rain in Southern California next week, The Del Mar Thoroughbred Club has canceled Thanksgiving Day races as a part of their continuing emphasis on horse and rider safety.

Several of the races from Thursday’s program, including the $100,000 Grade III Red Carpet Stakes, will be shifted to expanded race cards Saturday and next Sunday. The track intends to run its Friday program as scheduled, but will only run races on its main track. Friday’s scheduled feature race, the $200,000 Grade II Hollywood Turf Cup, will be run Sunday.

“The weatherman is making it tough, but safety always comes first,” said Del Mar’s Executive Vice President for Racing Tom Robbins. “We are appreciative of the cooperation from our horsemen. We’re planning on putting on a good show Friday and following that with tremendous stakes-filled cards on both Saturday and Sunday.”