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Santa Anita cancels Friday racing with heavy rain forecast

Opening day of horse racing at Santa Anita Park in Arcadia,

Arcadia, CA - December 26: Horse racing with no fans due to the Coronavirus Pandemic during opening day of horse racing at Santa Anita Park in Arcadia on Saturday, December 26, 2020. (Photo by Keith Birmingham/MediaNews Group/Pasadena Star-News via Getty Images)

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ARCADIA, Calif. — Santa Anita has canceled live racing on Friday because of strong rains expected to hit Southern California over the next few days.

Two weekend stakes races on the turf, the Grade 2 San Marcos on Saturday and the $75,000 Baffle on Sunday, will be moved to Feb. 5 and 6, respectively. Racing is set to resume on Saturday, highlighted by the Robert Lewis Stakes, a Kentucky Derby prep.

Track officials say they will schedule extra races throughout next week to make up for those that were originally set to run on Friday.