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A Halloween night \'no contest\' at Northfield

November 02, 2007

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It wasn’t a Halloween stunt when the lights went off at Northfield Park during Wednesday’s 13th race. As the field of nine headed to the three-quarter pole, led by Muller Seelster, the track was plunged into darkness, leading the judges to declare the race a \"no contest.\" All wagers on the race were refunded and a consolation pool was paid on the late daily double.


“A power surge caused a circuit breaker to trip,” according to chief operating officer Tom Aldrich. “Our horsemen did a great job of dealing with the situation and our judges correctly applied Ohio State Racing Commission rules to declare the race a \'no contest.\'”


There were no on-track incidents during the power outage, as all nine drivers and horses returned safely to their barns. (Northfield Park)


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