04/26/2010 11:00PM

Indiana has trouble moving gate


Indiana Downs was forced to shorten the distance of its last two Thoroughbred races and cancel three Quarter Horse races Monday evening due to mechanical problems with the backup truck that pulls the starting gate. The primary truck is undergoing repairs for mechanical problems.

The seventh was an allowance race scheduled to be run at a mile and 70 yards with a field of six. One horse was scratched due to the change of distance to six furlongs.

The eighth race was an optional claimer scheduled to be run at a mile with a field of six, but two were scratched due to the distance change to six furlongs. Both of the shortened race were counted as "all" in multiple race exotic wagers.

It took the mutuel department a while to calculate some of the payoffs by hand, according to Matt Metz, Equibase chartcaller Although the last race went at 8:21 p.m., it was not made official until 9:04, according to Metz.