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Early Morning Barn Fire Canceled Sunday Races at Ellis Park

The races at Ellis Park have been canceled for Sunday after an early morning fire destroyed a barn. No humans were in the barn at the time and seven horses were rescued.

Posted: Aug 22, 2021 12:12 PM
Updated: Aug 23, 2021 8:57 AM

Ellis Park officials have canceled racing for Sunday, after a fire that broke out just after 4 a.m. destroyed a barn.

Ellis Park Marketing Director, Alison Nicholson said upon arrival fire crews were notified of the fire.

"It was quickly put out and everybody is safe, and all the horses are safe, it could have been a lot worse," said Nicholson. 

While no people were in the receiving barn at the time, seven horses were rescued. There was one horse injury

Fire officials were called to the scene and had it out shortly after. But the barn was a complete loss. There were seven fire departments on scene. The Salvation Army and Henderson City / County Rescue Squad also assisted.

"We're all family, and the fact that everybody is safe, that's the most important thing. Buildings can be replaced." said Nicholson. 

As of now, no foul play is suspected. But fire officials say it could have been electrical.

General Manager Jeff Inman says while gaming is still going on Sunday, training and racing have been canceled. Races won't start up again until next Friday. 

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