Kentucky Downs Resumes Live Racing on Closing Day

Following a one-day cancellation due to heavy rains, Kentucky Downs planned to resume live racing Tuesday, the closing day of the 2003 meet.

The decision to hold the final day of live racing came after members of track management, the Kentucky State Racing Commission, the Horsemen's Benevolent And Protective Association and Kentucky Downs' head outrider inspected the turf course and determined the races could resume Tuesday.

Kentucky Downs' general manager Ryan Driscoll said it is unlikely the cancelled card would be made up because of the logistics involved with staging a seven-day, turf-only meet with personnel with other commitments once the Kentucky Downs meet concludes. Contingent upon agreement between the track, horsemen, and the state racing commission, it is likely that the purses from Monday's card would be carried forward to next year's meet.

Driscoll said the cancellation was disappointing, especially considering that one week earlier Kentucky Downs had set a record for wagering. With full fields and the track's races scheduled to be simulcast across the country, Driscoll said Kentucky Downs officials were anticipating brisk business on the cancelled race program.