04/03/2015 4:45PM

Keeneland cancels last four races Friday


LEXINGTON, Ky. – The last four races on the opening-day card of the Keeneland spring meet were canceled Friday after a second round of heavy rain pounded this track amid a tornado watch and lightning strikes.

The first six of 10 races were run without incident, albeit over a track left sloppy by four inches of rain that hit the track overnight and into Friday morning.

Track officials said they have no record of cancellations of any races in the track’s 78-year history, nor could any longtime media members recall so much as one canceled race here.

One of the canceled races was the scheduled feature, the Transylvania Stakes, which had scratched down from 13 to seven starters after the race was moved off the turf. Racing officials said the Grade 3, $100,000 race has been rescheduled for April 15.

Mutuel refunds will be made on all live tickets, including those involving multirace wagers involving races 7 through 10. Full information is available at keeneland.com.

Conditions were expected to improve Friday night, well in time for the huge Saturday card highlighted by the $1 million Blue Grass Stakes and four other graded events. The Saturday forecast calls for sunny skies and high temperatures in the mid-50s.


Pat Lyons More than 1 year ago
Lets see how the bluegrass entrants react moro ... horses are scared
Joe Labunski More than 1 year ago
it looked like an August storm at the SPAAAAA....
r More than 1 year ago
I havent cashed a ticket in 3 years betting KEE. Less is better as far as I am concerned. They cant open BEL soon enough...
Bugsy Anderson More than 1 year ago
Arent these rained off the turf races great? Nothing better than huge fields being shrunk to a few horses. This weekend, more of this stuff. I miss the poly already and prepared to skip this Keeneland meet already. Woodbine starts up soon baby!!!!
Leslie Burke Fernandes More than 1 year ago
woodbine is switching to dirt, so you will have to quit
Chris Lowe More than 1 year ago
They are converting to Tapeta in 2016, not dirt.
nancyb More than 1 year ago
Happy to hear that. The GG tapeta is very fair, though maybe a bit better for horses good on turf. But given that the horse population there is thin to begin with, it's seemed very safe. Weather there can be a factor, like it may be at Woodbine -- and the all-weather lives up to its name.
Walt Gekko More than 1 year ago
I would not be surprised seeing how big a business drop off we have seen at Keeneland they seriously look at going BACK to synthetics for the 2016 or '17 season. As great as dirt is for the major races, it's clearly obvious many horses simply can't run well on dirt and run better on synthetics/turf.
Jason Rothstein More than 1 year ago
Business has dropped off? In one day
Steve Kendall More than 1 year ago
Everybody wins!!!! Even if you lost the first two races!!!