03/06/2004 1:00AM

Rains halt racing at three tracks


Heavy rains resulting in unsafe track conditions forced cancellations at Turfway Park in Florence, Ky., Fonner Park in Grand Island, Neb., and Turf Paradise in Phoenix on Friday and Saturday.

On Friday, Turfway Park canceled its fourth through 12th races, Fonner called off its entire card, and Turf Paradise canceled races 5 through 9 after a horse fell in the fourth. Turf Paradise also called off its Saturday card.

Turfway Park ran three races without incident Saturday, but called off the nine remaining scheduled races because of the track condition.

Turfway's 10th race would have been the $50,000 Wintergreen Stakes. The racing secretary had not immediately decided whether to reschedule the race. Racing was expected to resume Sunday.