12/26/2005 12:00AM

Irish track gets second bomb threat


A bomb threat forced an evacuation Monday of Down Royal, a racetrack in Northern Ireland.

The track received a phone call warning of a bomb at the track, police said. The evacuation order was given about halfway through the first race, and about 8,000 fans exited the track. The jockeys, who did not hear the evacuation order, rode to the finish of the race.

The card was rescheduled for Tuesday.

The evacuation was the second in two months at Down Royal. On Nov. 5, racing was canceled after a bomb threat was received. An elaborate hoax device was found in a tent near the track that day.