‘Harvey’ Rain Forces Postponement Of Saturday Card At Kentucky Downs

Because of the deluge of rain, Kentucky Downs has rescheduled Saturday’s opening card to Wednesday, Sept. 6. The fields for the 10-race all-grass card will remain the same, with no redrawing of entries or post positions.

Kentucky Downs’ showcase five-date meet now will be conducted Wednesday Sept. 6, Thursday Sept. 7, Saturday Sept. 9, Sunday Sept. 10, and Thursday Sept. 14. First post is 1:25 p.m. Central each day.

“The ongoing impact of Hurricane Harvey makes it impossible to run Saturday,” said Ted Nicholson, Kentucky Downs’ senior vice president and general manager. “The forecast was for one to five inches of rain, and we got six inches in 12 hours. It is in the best interest of the horses, jockeys and our guests to move the entire card to Wednesday.”

Kentucky Downs remains open today and Saturday for its year-round daily simulcast wagering and Historical Horse Racing operations. 

Kentucky Downs could not reschedule for Sunday or Monday because those are the final two days of live racing at Ellis Park in Henderson, Ky.

Scratch time for Wednesday’s racing program will be 9 a.m. Central Tuesday.

The Wednesday card will be a blockbuster, with four stakes races: the $400,000 Tourist Mile, $350,000 Fasig-Tipton Turf Showcase Juvenile; $350,000 Exacta Systems Juvenile Fillies and $150,000 One Dreamer.

Kentucky Downs offers the richest average daily purses in North America at a $1.7 million a day, including purse enhancements for Kentucky-bred horses. The track led the nation in average field size with almost 11 horses per race and has been ranked No. 1 for three years straight by the Horseplayers Association of North America.

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