03/08/2008 12:00AM

Distance change for The Very One

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HALLANDALE BEACH, Fla. - The distance of Saturday's $100,000 The Very One Handicap at Gulfstream Park has been changed from 1 3/8 miles to 1 1/8 miles due to heavy rains which struck the area earlier Saturday morning. According to track officials, the switch was made to prevent the race from starting on the backstretch and thus having the horses passing over the same spot on the yielding course twice during the running of the race.

"Shortening the distance of the race was the only way we felt we could safely keep The Very One on the yielding turf course," explained racing operatons manager Bernie Hettel.