For the first time in more than a decade, Saratoga Race Course is cancelling races due to the heat wave hitting New York, as a precaution to protect the horses and jockeys.

In a NYRA Press Release New York State Gaming Commission Equine Medical Director Dr. Scott E. Palmer said "This is a responsible and prudent decision that aligns with our New York Racetrack Heat Management Protocol designed to ensure safe racing for all participants."

This is the first time since 2006 a race card has been called due to hot weather.

It's definitely a bummer the Saturday card was called, especially for those travelling to the area for a day of racing. But, the right call. And hey if your local, just throw some extra ice in the cooler to keep your drinks cold until Sunday or take it to the nearest pool or lake. There's plenty to chose from in New York state.