09/21/2009 11:00PM

Kentucky Downs cancels three Monday races


Kentucky Downs, the all-turf track in south-central Kentucky, canceled the last three races of a scheduled nine-race card Monday because of potentially unsafe conditions following heavy rain.

Track president Corey Johnsen said he consulted with jockey Calvin Borel about a problem spot on the track in the vicinity of the five-furlong pole, "where the horses come down that hill and start into the turn. If needed, we're going to have the inner rail put farther out onto the course so as to avoid any problems there."

Johnsen said the three canceled races likely would be made up during the final two programs of the meet on Saturday and Monday. Kentucky Downs already is running fewer days and races than in past seasons, owing to financial considerations. A total of 30 races were slated during the four-day 2009 meet, whereas 44 to 46 races spread over six days had been the norm.