11/17/2005 1:00AM

Bad weather hits Hoosier


Inclement weather prompted Hoosier Park in Anderson, Ind., to cancel its Thursday card and the final nine races of Wednesday's 12-race card.

The track was thoroughly soaked by rain Tuesday night, and temperatures dropped well below freezing Wednesday night. The riders voted not to continue after Wednesday's third race as the surface began to freeze. Thursday's forecast high was 31, with the low dropping back into the teens that night. Racing is expected to resume Friday as temperatures rise back into the 40's.

Also Wednesday, the first race was declared no contest after the horses in the field had to be pulled up because an injured horse lay on the track. In that race, a maiden claiming event going one mile, Version, ridden by Hector Rosario Jr., clipped heels and fell entering the first turn. The stricken horse then got back up with a broken leg and came upstretch, collapsing on the inner rail about 100 yards beyond the finish line. As the rest of the field raced into the stretch, outriders waved off the riders and the field was pulled up before reaching the wire.

Rosario was transported by ambulance to Anderson Community Hospital, but was named on horses Thursday for Sunday's races.

Version was euthanized, as was another horse in the race, Cape Fear, who was pulled up on the backstretch.