03/11/2002 12:00AM

Penn National tote board leveled


Penn National's infield tote board was leveled on Sunday afternoon, a dark day at the track, when extremely high winds ripped through Pennsylvania.

Wind gusts of nearly 60 mph blew through Grantville, where the track is located. The 200-foot long tote board, made primarily of wood and cinder block, fell front to back, collapsing the entire structure. The tote board, with more than 8,000 bulbs to display odds and wagering pools during evening racing, also housed the track's race-timing system.

Penn National management said the loss of the tote would not effect live racing, which will resume Wednesday evening as scheduled.

High winds also hit Turfway Park in Florence, Ky., on Saturday afternoon when racing was canceled by management after the third race. The $50,000 Wintergreen Stakes, Saturday's feature, has yet to be rescheduled.