07/09/2003 12:00AM

Rain halts Ellis opener


After just four races, management at Ellis Park canceled the balance of the opening-day program because of unsafe track conditions. Racing was scheduled to resume Thursday.

Nearly three inches of rain pounded the Henderson, Ky., track after the fourth race, forcing what many observers believed was the first opening-day cancellation since Ellis was built in 1922. The 41-day meet runs through Sept. 2.