HENDERSON, Ky. (AP) — Horse owners and trainers are expressing concerns about debris on the Ellis Park track just a little more than a week before its opening day of racing.
The Gleaner reports that small teams of men were walking the track Tuesday to find potential hazards.
The newspaper reports that tons of soil excavated from Horseshoe Bend river bottoms and put on the track last fall to build it up ended up having debris such as gravel and pieces of blacktop. Ellis Park used a rock-screening machine over the weekend, but heavy rains on Monday revealed pieces of stone still on the track.
General Manager Bob Jackson said he thinks the concerns are somewhat overblown and noted that horses have been running morning breeze workouts without incident.