Tropical Storm Gordon remnants brought nearly half a foot of rain to the Ohio Valley over the weekend, prompting one Kentucky horse racing track to cancel its race card.
Kentucky Downs canceled its Sunday card and is moving the 10-race program to Wednesday due to the wet and unseasonably cool conditions.
“Unfortunately, due to the early morning rain showers and predicted showers throughout the day, we are canceling the card today,” Ted Nicholson, Kentucky Downs senior vice president and general manager said in a press release.
“We felt it wasn’t going to be safe for our riders and horses, and safety is our No. 1 priority. So we are moving the races from today to Wednesday.”
Kentucky Downs is a horse racing track located on the border between Kentucky and Tennessee, in the city of Franklin, Kentucky.
“We apologize for the inconvenience, and we know there were horses in transit,” Nicholson said. “But with so many horses — as well as people from out of town — having shipped in already, we wanted to give it every chance to run.
“We were hoping the storm would miss us, as it did Saturday, and with our course being firm the day before and very little rain overnight, we felt there was a chance to run. Obviously that changed, and there is no sign that the rain is going to let up until this evening.”
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