Northfield back on Monday after storm cancellation
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Northfield Park will be back in action on Monday night, one day after a severe storm caused the cancellation of Sunday's race card. The storm hit as the horses approached the three-quarters in the night's first race, and when the high winds knocked power out and the site went dark, horses scattered. Hunter Myers was the only driver hurt when he was knocked out of the sulky, but according to reports on Monday morning, the 21 year old did not suffer any serious injuries.
The high winds also tore the roof off one barn, which resulted in the moving of about 20 horses. Northfield Park executive vice president of racing Dave Bianconi told harnessracing.com Monday morning that except for the barn roof, there was just scattered debris over the grounds.
"There were extremely high winds, it was a microburst, but it was bad," said Bianconi. "It ripped through the village and there are tons of trees down. Power wasn't out just here at Northfield Park but all over the village and surrounding communities.
"Part of the barn roof came off and a lot of siding came off of other barns, but luckily all horses and people were accounted for," added Bianconi, who said power was restored about 7:30 a.m. on Monday morning. "But it was a hell of a wind that came through here. The lights went out in the middle of the first race, which was declared ‘no contest.' There was a lot of confusion when the lights went out and it was scary. But we obviously had to cancel the rest of the card."
Bianconi said the entire lost card is now scrapped, except for a $20,000 late-closer final, which will now be raced on Sunday, Nov. 12. He said Monday's card will be highlighted by a guaranteed $20,000 Pick-5 pool, which has a $6,000 carryover. The Pick 5 begins in Race 3. First-race post time is 6 p.m.