Flooding Causes Major Problems at Woodbine

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A major storm that rolled through the Toronto area Monday afternoon and evening resulted in extensive flooding in several areas throughout Woodbine’s backstretch.

The Daily Racing Form reported that five inches of rain were dumped on the area, resulting in several barns being flooded. Damage was worse in barns where end doors and windows had been left open and employees were unable to get to them.

The Form also indicated that the dirt training track was closed Tuesday due to waterlogging, and the Polytrack surface was inaccessible due to flooding in the tunnel that the horses use to gain entrance to that surface.

Track officials expect operations to be back to normal on Wednesday; the races for Wednesday’s evening card that were scheduled for the turf have been moved to the main track.

Read more in the Daily Racing Form

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  • betterthannothing

    “Several barns were flooded, to varying degrees. The flooding was worse in barns where end doors and windows were left open and employees were unable to get to them due to flooding at the backstretch entrances.

    The actual stalls were flooded in a number of barns, and matting and bedding was pulled out and tossed on the shed rows in an attempt to dry them.”

    So… What happened to horses in flooded barns?

    • Hoops and Horses

      The horses were almost certainly evacuated. No surprise for the flooding, that area had just over SIX AND A HALF inches of rain in a little over 24 hours (they had 1.6 inches of rain hit Sunday during the Queens Plate card).

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