Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Weather Damages Churchill Downs

((HT: WAVE-TV Louisville))

Officials at Churchill Downs are working to relocate horses after a powerful storm that spawned tornadoes blew through Louisville. A few barns partially collapsed and horses were running loose Wednesday night at the track. The chapel was also damaged, but thankfully, there are no current reports of serious injuries.

No races are run on Wednesdays at Churchill Downs, but track President Kevin Flanery says there was simulcasting of races elsewhere, so people may have been there. Thursday's race card was canceled.

Louisville Gas and Electric reported about 5,000 were without power late Wednesday night.

“It’s been a rugged night at Churchill Downs,” track spokesman John Asher told Louisville Courier-Journal's Jessie Halladay.

Some horses had to be shipped to alternate sites, and training was also canceled.

The area in and around the University of Louisville and Cardinal Stadium also saw some damage, but there have been no injuries reported from there as well.

More when we know more...

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