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Florida track damaged

October 26, 2005

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Sitting in a darkened hallway at Pompano Park, marketing director Steve Wolf was able to telephone harnessracing.com Wednesday afternoon to confirm that the track will be closed for an undetermined amount of time after suffering considerable damage from Hurricane Wilma.

Reading from a prepared release, Wolf said that the Pompano Park barn area and the clubhouse grandstand building suffered considerable damage from the hurricane that struck the state Monday.

"We are happy to report that all our horses survived the storm and are safely housed, and all of our horsemen and women made it through OK," said Pompano Park general manager Dick Feinberg. "We are going to be closed indefinitely as we assess the damage and begin repairs. We have no timetable at this point for when live racing and simulcasting will resume."

Wolf noted that the racetrack parking lot was being used as a staging area and that hundreds of emergency trucks were moving in and out. Additionally, the area was set up as a distribution site for water and ice and thousands of Broward County residents had been lining up all day to receive their allotment. There is still no power to much of southern Florida.

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