Churchill Downs During The Storm

Posted by Zotta Rendevouz


A tornado destroyed the stables at the headquarters of the Kentucky Derby, but become legendary track competition Friday after the events have been postponed for a day. No people or horses were injured at Churchill Downs during the storm on Wednesday night, and the famous twin towers, stands and the club have been damaged.

Churchill Downs President Kevin Flanery said it was the first tornado to hit 136-year-old track, which is near Downtown Louisville.

The track will host a race on Friday night after the cancellation of race card on Thursday.

National Weather Service surveyed the area and found that a tornado has touched the yard, even if the power of tornadoes is not set, the opinion of Churchill Downs, said.

Workers and teachers scrambled to shoot the horses in the stable when the storm broke in the roof and threw dirt on Wednesday. Seven of the 48 barns and the chapel track was damaged.

"People here care more about horses than anything else," said Susan Margolis, wife of trainer Steve Margolis. "No one goes anywhere," when the storm hit.

Margolis barn 'was badly damaged, and a large hole in the roof remained.

"I thought we were finding bodies," said Susan Margolis.

The horses were transferred to private farms, Keeneland Racecourse in Lexington, and various stands of the plant, Flanery said.

"Because they are collapsed, the horses were in stables, and people quietly came to horses, have security," said Flanery.

Churchill Downs said the race would be canceled Thursday constituted.

The track has managed to evacuate about 150 horses at the fair near the Kentucky Exposition Center and, if necessary, but trust Flanery barn runway remaining space would be sufficient.

Track officials had also worked for the American Red Cross emergency officials and local management to provide temporary protection to approximately 100 permanent workers, whose stay has been damaged winds.