01/14/2005 1:00AM

Card cut short on stormy day


HALLANDALE BEACH, Fla. - Friday's racing program at Gulfstream Park was canceled after the sixth race because of heavy rain and the threat of an impending lightning storm.

Gulfstream's president, Scott Savin, cited "the safety of our patrons, horses, and riders," and said that "canceling the balance of the racing program also gives us the ability to make sure we can make the track safe and ready for tomorrow."

The cancellation was not the first this meet. The first and last races on opening day were also canceled.

The 2005 Gulfstream meeting is being run under tents and other temporary structures. Patrons reported flooding in the tent areas and in the parking lots north of the track, where many cars were standing in several feet of water.