Torrential rains and powerful winds swept through Southwest Kentucky earlier this week, and it set sail right on the newest addition to Kentucky’s racing circuit — Oak Grove Racing.
While the winds did considerable damage to the temporary facilities, including the announcer’s stand and the metal bleachers installed along the backside for the fans to view the Standardbred races, racetrack officials announced that all power has been restored.
Including the horse power.
“Down, but not out,” wrote Mike Ziegler, Churchill Downs’ Director of Racing, when contacted on Wednesday about the damage. “Everything permanent is OK. “…We sustained wind damage to our temporary facilities, but will be back up and running on Friday. All systems are a go.”
The track — which is owned by a partnership of Churchill Downs and Keeneland and won Kentucky Racing Commission approval last Fall — is in the process of racing its’ first meet in history. The meet is scheduled to continue throughout the month of November, with racing on Friday, Saturday, Sunday and Monday.
A hotel and a state-of-the-art facilities to house Historical Racing Machines are currently being built on the front side of the track. New barns, ship-in areas and other track amenties are already housing horses and personnel for this year’s meet.
Here’a look at some of the wind damage that occurred.
All Photos are from Coady Photography & Courtesy of Churchill Downs: