05/26/2011 9:44AM

Indiana Downs sustains storm damage, but expects to take entries and race on Friday

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Workers try to turn the power back on at Indiana Downs Thursday following a strong Wednesday night storm.

The barn area and racing office at Indiana Downs in Shelbyville, Ind., were damaged Wednesday evening after severe storms, and a possible tornado, passed through central Indiana.

One of the barns had its roof torn off, as did the racing office, which was then flooded by the torrential rains. Horses stabled in the damaged barn were moved to the receiving barn and the racing office will be moved to the track kitchen, according to racing secretary Butch Cook.

Indiana Downs, which is located approximately 20 miles southeast of Indianapolis, canceled its final three races Wednesday night and Thursday was a scheduled dark day. The Indiana Downs casino was not affected by the storm and was open for business Thursday.

Cook is confident the racing office will take entries Friday morning and plans are for the track to race Friday evening.

“We think we will be fine,” Cook said. “We are moving things as we speak. As long as we can get the power back and the lights to work, we can run tomorrow night.”