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Heavy rain forces Kentucky Downs to reschedule start of racing meet

The start of the 2017 Kentucky Downs live racing meet has been postponed until Wednesday.
The start of the 2017 Kentucky Downs live racing meet has been postponed until Wednesday.

Because of Friday’s deluge of rain, Kentucky Downs has rescheduled Saturday’s opening day of Thoroughbred racing 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 Sept. 6, 7, 9, 10 and 14. First post is 1:25 p.m. CDT 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 1 to 5 inches of rain, and we got 6 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 was to remain open Friday 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.

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.

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