03/21/2010 11:00PM

Delta cuts closing night short


Delta Downs in Vinton, La., canceled the final nine races on its closing card Saturday night after meeting with jockeys following two spills in the first three races on the program. No riders were seriously injured, according to track officials.

"We had a little bit of weather - blowing rain, it got pretty cold - and the riders felt the track conditions weren't to their liking," said Chris Warren, the director of racing for Delta. "It wasn't a total consensus, but basically, they felt the track wasn't to their liking."

Delta proceeded to call off the balance of the card with the horses in the paddock for the fourth race. Warren said the track would not make up the races that were lost Saturday. The program was the last of an 89-date meet that began in October.

The track Saturday was listed as wet-fast for the first race, then downgraded to sloppy for the second and third. The initial spill occurred in the first, when Lydfirst, ridden by apprentice Janaris Landry, broke down in a maiden claimer and two other rivals fell over him in a chain-reaction accident.

Don Simington, who was on fallen rival Ida Go Dancer, broke his collarbone and will be sidelined four to five weeks, hoping to return to action at Louisiana Downs, according to his agent, Ron Ardoin. It was not immediately clear of the extent of any possible injury to Landry.

The other spill occurred in the third, when a horse broke down and fell.

Delta will open a meet for Quarter Horses on April 14.