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Horse Racing, Kentucky Derby at The Downey Profile®

Course in Good Shape After Heavy Rain


Harvey's Gone

Horses trained over the Kentucky Downs course Sunday morning after a six-inch deluge of rain Thursday forced the postponement of Saturday’s opening card to Wednesday.

Track president Corey Johnsen said he is pleased with the course’s condition, crediting course superintendent Ron Moore and veteran racetrack executive Ann McGovern.

“We’ve learned over the years about rainfall and managing our course, so we’ve improved things dramatically,” Johnsen said. “We purchased an extra half-mile of rail so that allows more flexibility in different positions, and we purchased an industrial-type pump that allows us to control the levels of the infield lake, which assists greatly in drainage. I walked the course (Saturday), and it’s in great shape.”

Johnsen said the rail will be out Wednesday and Thursday and be brought in for the Saturday and Sunday cards. McGovern said Saturday the rail will be out about 45 feet. The program will have an official measurement.

Some rain is forecast Monday night and Tuesday morning, but nothing like the moisture that Hurricane Harvey blew into the area last Thursday night. The course should be in great shape for Wednesday's card.

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