Following a severe storm in the Louisville, Kentucky area that caused severe damage to some of the facilities at Churchill Downs, the racetrack is being closed today to all races, simulcast wagering, and training. The storm, which hit Churchill Downs, caused significant damage to nine barns and several living quarters.
According the officials at Churchill Downs, the training area on Poplar suffered no damage. Training in this part of the track will continue today as normal. However, while no damage was caused at the Louiville Track itself, all other operations are on hold.
Arrangements have been made to move 150 horses, if necessary, to the Kentucky Fair. Officials at Churchill Downs hope that the move won’t be necessary. Officials are also working closely with the American Red Cross and local emergency officials to find temporary housing for about 100 workers whose living quarters were also damaged.
Kevin Flanery, president of Churchill Downs, praised the fast response of emergency personnel from the Louisville Metro Police Department, the Louisville Fire Department, and the Louisville Gas and Electric Company. He also credited the Churchill Downs personnel for the speed of their response in dealing with the needs of the horses horsemen, and stable hands.
Flanery said that Churchill Downs officials are still assessing the damage from the storm to the entire facility. The schedule of races remaining this week, including the Downs After Dark program Friday, is uncertain. Flanery said that updates and notices will be released as soon as possible.