Hurricane Ida Impacts Racing Across the Nation

Horse Racing Radar
Valerie Mellema
Valerie Mellema is a Staff writer for Horse Racing Radar
Wednesday, September 1, 2021

Hurricane Ida made landfall in New Orleans at a Category 4 level storm and severely damaged the racetrack's tote board, barns and has closed all 15 of the track's OTB/casino locations around the city. The city is expected to be without power for quite some time following the storm. Smaller towns outside of New Orleans are not expected to have power restored for at least a month. Water has been restored in many areas but residents are on a boil notice until further notice. 

The Quarter Horse meet at Fairgrounds had already been rescheduled to later in the year, so there were no horses on the property at the time of the storm. The track will have until November's Thoroughbred meet to repair the extensive damage on the property. Evangeline Downs was fortunate to miss out on the brunt of the storm, which is currently running its Thoroughbred meet. The Delta Downs meet is scheduled to start October 13th. They were also out of the path of the storm and suffered no damage.

As remants of the storm continues to cross the United States, it has caused weather concerns at other tracks as well, such as Delaware Park. The track has issued a press release announcing changes to today's racing schedule.

"Due to the remnants of Hurricane Ida, Delaware Park's entire live racing card scheduled for today, September 1st has been transferred to be run tomorrow, Thursday, September 2nd.  Post time for the first race is 1:15 p.m."

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