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Is there other members here experiencing the same??

The elevated air pollution levels are due to the smoke that has drifted over western New York from the wildfires in the Canadian provinces of Quebec and Nova Scotia. The fires have elevated air pollution levels throughout the country, with air quality alerts issued in a total of 17 states.

It's really bad here. 

The public is advised by the DEC and DOH to avoid outdoor exposure and strenuous activities.

Let your life be driven with purpose!

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Trump has confirmed it's another hoax. Sorry.

Life is what you make it.

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Seriously, it's bad. Blue. Yesterday, I could see the haze and smell it slightly. Today, the haze is worse, and the sun is barely noticeable in the sky, casting an eerie yellowish pink color through the smoke. The smoke smell hits you, as soon as, you open the door.


Yes, not good. Hope it clears up asap. You guys have severe weather to contend with. No joke.

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Everything looks and smells the same here in Covington, SandyGirl.

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Good to hear, Blue Jay. You've heard of the fires, right?

Busy day, so if I don't get back to you soon, I will when I can. 

: )



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Blue Jay here is our current air quality alert which covers Covington, Kentucky, I believe?

AIR QUALITY ADVISORY IN EFFECT UNTIL MIDNIGHT EDT TONIGHT...The Southwest Ohio Air Quality Agency has issued an Air Quality Advisory for Butler, Clermont, Hamilton and Warren counties in Ohio; Boone, Campbell and Kenton counties in Kentucky; and Dearborn County in Indiana, until midnight EDT Thursday night. The Agency expects to see levels of fine particulates in the 'unhealthy for sensitive groups' range on the Air Quality Index. For additional information, please visit the Southwest Ohio Air Quality Agency's web site at


Yes! Thanks for the update lady! Covington is in Kenton County.

Reminds me of the Stephen King Movie " The Mist"


The least I can do since you have been concentrating on the “horse races!” :)



How will this affect the Belmont Stakes race in New York?? Will the race be temporarily postponed?

I just heard on the news the pollution in New York is the worst of anywhere in the world today!


The New York Racing Association issued the following statement late Wednesday in regard to training Thursday morning at Belmont Park and Saratoga:

The New York Racing Association, Inc. (NYRA) has canceled training on Thursday at Belmont Park and Saratoga Race Course due to poor air quality conditions forecast to impact New York State overnight and into Thursday morning.

Training ordinarily takes place daily at Belmont from 5:30-10:30 a.m. and at Saratoga from 5:30-11 a.m.

A decision regarding Thursday's live racing program, which has a first post of 3:05 p.m., will be made Thursday morning following a review of the air quality conditions and forecast.

This story will be updated.


I’m feeling a little  “hoarse” in empathy!

Cough , cough! 

:pun intended:

Thx for the update!


Thank you for your posts and comments in my absence, Blue Jay and lady4u. Very busy time.

As of right now the Belmont Stakes and full card is still on schedule. However, that decision may still change.

If the air quality doesn't improve I feel the race should definitely be postponed. Owners and Trainers already have concerns of recent deaths possibly due to a virus of sorts. 

Updates will be posted as time permits!


Right now as I post this the racing's status for the remainder of Belmont Stakes week still remains unclear, with future cards potentially in jeopardy as well if warnings persists.

Authority members and partners who enforce the Horseracing Integrity and Safety Act are working with NYRA on this impact.. We don't actually have a specific rule regarding poor air quality of this magnitude, but we definitely learn and deal with new things everyday. The racetrack safety rules are updated yearly. This too will be implemented.

This is a very serious decision. It may seem easy for the naysayers but it so deeply involved. I'm confident that the right decision will be made one way or another. Maybe the winds will play in our favor for all.  Here's hoping. 

* The Horse Racing Integrity and safety act supports the use of the Air Quality Index as published at to guide decisions about training and racing.


Yes, I can only imagine the impact on the horses considering their lung capacities! Then also taking into consideration the strain of racing under such extreme conditions at full speed ahead!



The New York Racing Association announced the cancellation of racing June 8 ( Today ) at Belmont Park due to poor air quality conditions forecast to impact Long Island and all of New York State throughout the day. Racing's status for the remainder of Belmont Stakes week remains unclear, with future cards potentially in jeopardy if hazardous air quality persists.


What we are looking at is if the (AQI) exceeds 200 there will be no racing going forward until air quality conditions improve. If the air quality is 150 to 200 then only horses that pass an addition pre-race vet examination will be permitted to race. This is a serious national phenomenon where People come from all over. The horse racing industry is a multi billion dollar industry. Which is huge for the economy and local economy. Though there is no assurance we who enforce the safety act remain optimistic that we will see an improvement in air quality as early as tmrw Friday. Basically, each day will be based on a last minute decision.


With air quality dramatically improved in New York, training resumed at Saratoga Race Course and Belmont Park June 9, and at 8 a.m. ET Friday, officials announced racing would take place as scheduled at Belmont in the afternoon. The track has five stakes Friday including three grade 1s.

Among the horses to train Friday at Belmont included numerous entrants in the June 10 Belmont Stakes (G1), the third leg of the Triple Crown and Belmont's most-attended race.

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Sandygirl, yes!

We live in SW Ohio about a 40 minute drive from Covington,Ky where Blue Jay lives.

We have had oxidation warnings and not to fill up our gas tanks during certain hours and not to run gas powered lawnmowers, blowers etc for days at a time.

It has been hazy at the horizon for days!

The early hot temperatures of 90 degrees seemed to exacerbate it too!

But we live in the “Ohio Valley” rather than flat lands or hills so I suppose that adds to it?

It has cooled a bit but not by much.

The Leftists have left us!

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Michigan has been impacted. 

"He who is not courageous enough to take risks will accomplish nothing in life." - Muhammad Ali

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We are too  again, King. Stay safe!


You as well, Sandy!

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We didn't get much from the Canadian fires that I noticed in SE North Carolina, but locally they lost control over a controlled burn on Thursday and still haven't managed to get it contained. The sky has been hazy and they've shut down portions of the highways. 

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