Torrential rains wash out raceday at SunRay

Steve Bortstein for The Daily Times
The Daily Times

FARMINGTON — The effects of a torrential storm that drenched much of Aztec earlier this week was also detrimental to business Friday at SunRay Park and Casino.

Friday's all-quarter horse program, the final card of the season devoted specifically to short liners, was scrapped after jockeys and track management deemed the course was not conducive to racing.

"Track condition was not fair for the horsemen or the bettors," SunRay Park's director of racing Lonnie Barber said.

The decision to cancel the races was agreed upon after trackmen and jockeys walked over portions of the course.

"It was in the best interests of all involved to make sure the course is fair for everyone," Barber said.

No decision was made as to whether the 10-race card would be made up before the end of the weekend's races, which also mark the end of the 2015 season.

If the track decides to not run the races, track management reserves the right to distribute all purse monies evenly to the horsemen who were scheduled to run.

"We'll look at all the options before we make a decision," Barber said.

A massive rain storm hit the area late Wednesday night, causing damage across San Juan County and causing flooding to some of the facilities at SunRay Park and Casino.

Portions of the track remained uneven as post time approached for the Friday card.

It is expected that the course condition would be upgraded and approved on all fronts in time for today's card, which is set to begin at 1:30 p.m.

Steve Bortstein hosts "First Sports" and "The Fast Track" on Fox Sports 1340 AM and 93.9 FM and on iHeartRadio. He serves as paddock show host at SunRay Park & Casino and is a voting member of the National Thoroughbred Racing Association. Follow him @fox1340am on Twitter.