As much of the horse world keeps one eye on the approach of Hurricane Irma, a Category 4 storm as of Friday morning, the Thoroughbred Daily News reports some 750 horses have been removed from Gulfstream Park, which is in a state-mandated evacuation area.
Bill Finley wrote on Thursday that a shortage of horse vans and clogged interstates made it difficult for trainers to move horses very far away, but many have gone to the Palm Meadows Training Center, or inland to Ocala. Irma appears set to hit Florida hard, though some trainers say they're not sure whether the central part of the state will be any safer for their animals than Hallandale Beach, depending on the track and strength of the storm.
About 500 horses are remaining behind, and all of them have been moved to barns built to codes requiring them to withstand hurricanes. Bill Badgett Jr., of Gulfstream said the dormitories are also storm-proof, and the tent barns are safe up to 175 mile-per-hour winds. Badgett said the track kitchen will remain open as long as possible to provide supplies to workers staying behind caring for horses.
Read more at the Thoroughbred Daily News
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