Damaged rail moves Ellis Park races to turf

Published: Jul. 23, 2021 at 4:01 PM CDT
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HENDERSON, Ky. (WFIE) - Ellis Park officials say two horse races had to be moved to turf after an accident involving a tractor occurred on Friday afternoon.

Officials tell 14 News the driver of the tractor had a medical emergency that caused him to lose control and hit the inner rail of the main track.

They say the driver was taken to the hospital, but no word yet on this person’s condition.

Officials had to shut down for about 15 minutes to block off the rail and transition the rest of the day’s races from the dirt to the turf tracks.

Track officials say they are used to thinking on their feet at Ellis Park, but this was unique even for them.

Dan Bork, Ellis Park Racing Secretary, said,

“There’s hardly ever a normal day in racing, but no - this is not normal,” Ellis Park Racing Secretary Dan Bork said. “We’re just trying to make the best of a bad situation.”

On a normal day, Ellis Park only has a few races on the turf track, but with the dirt track out of commission, officials say the alternative was no racing at all.

They tell 14 News the rail will be repaired overnight and races are expected to be back to normal Saturday.

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