For Second Day in Row, Gulfstream Races Cancelled
by Ron Mitchell
Date Posted: 2/2/2004 3:32:38 PM
Last Updated: 2/3/2004 7:39:22 AM

"The jockeys rode their mounts to the starting gate with the intention of riding but they decided the track was not safe," said Gulfstream Park president and general manager Scott Savin. "The Gulfstream management appreciates their attempting to resume racing."

Racing is scheduled to resume on Wednesday after the regular Tuesday dark day.

On Sunday, jockeys refused to ride in the final eight scheduled races after more than four inches of rain fell in the area over the previous 24-hour span. The track was listed as sloppy for the two contested races Sunday.

``I thought the track was safe,'' track president Savin said Sunday. ``But I'm not sitting on a horse going 35 mph. The riders were concerned about a rut on the first turn.''

Track spokesman Joe Tannenbaum said the first two races went off without any problems. But after the second race, jockeys walked around the track with racing officials, then decided not to ride.

Rains stopped before post time and the sun came out, but the conditions did not improve as the day went along.

A transformer at the track also was struck by lightning early Sunday morning, knocking out electricity at the track until 11 a.m. -- about two hours before the first race.

Savin said patrons inconvenienced by the power outage or the race cancellations were offered free admission to a future racing day.

Racing will resume with a nine-race card Monday, Savin said.

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