Grants Pass Downs’ highest priority is the safety of both human and equine athletes. Therefore, when conditions of high heat combined with humidity create an unsafe racing environment, Grants Pass Downs will cancel racing to ensure the safety of our horses and riders.
Equine veterinarians agree that when the heat index reaches 105 degrees Fahrenheit or higher it creates an unsafe environment for racing horses. It is the policy of Grants Pass Downs that whenever the weather in Grants Pass equals or exceeds a heat index of 105 degrees Fahrenheit no races will occur at Grants Pass Downs.
It is Grants Pass Downs’ policy to have water available at strategic locations on the track, in the paddock, and on the backside for horses on race days. In addition misters have been installed in the paddock stalls to cool horses. Grants Pass Downs will also work closely with the Oregon Racing Commission veterinarians to monitor all horses and assure their safety.
heat index CHART
by Temperature (Farenheit) and relative humidity (%)
The heat index is a measure of hot weather ‘feels’ to the body. This table uses relative humidity and air temperature to produce the ‘aparent temperature’ of f the temperature the body “feels” These values are for shady locations only. Exposure to full sunshine can increase heat index by up to 15 degrees farenheit. Also, strong winds, particularly with very hot, dry air can be hazardous as the wind adds heat to the body.