Racing resumes at damaged Churchill Downs track
Friday, June 24, 2011
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) -- Racing has resumed at Churchill Downs two days after a tornado caused damage to the barn area and forced the track to cancel racing.
Fans began arriving at 4 p.m. for "Downs After Dark," the track's popular night racing series.
Track officials canceled Thursday's scheduled racing after a tornado Wednesday evening damaged several barns and forced up to 100 horses to be moved.
Raymond Hackley, a fan from Louisville who has visited Churchill Downs for more than 50 years, donated a few dollars to the relief efforts as part of the track's "Pony Up for Charity" program.
Hackley said he gave because he felt backside workers needed a little extra help now and that he was glad to see the track running again so quickly following the tornado.