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Churchill Downs, famous Kentucky race track, to reopen Friday after damage from storm (Video)

No horses housed in this heavily damaged barn in the stable area at Churchill Downs were injured following the possible tornado that hit the Louisville, Ky., race track. (Garry Jones/AP)

A tornado touched down on the famous Churchill Downs barnyard in Louisville, Ky., Wednesday night, damaging nine barns and a chapel and freeing horses from their stalls at the home of the Kentucky Derby .

On a statement on its Web site, Churchill Downs said that along with the nine barns, the storm also damaged “a number of stable area structures, including some living accommodations for backstretch workers. No injuries to workers or horses on site were reported.”

Live racing was canceled Wednesday and Thursday, and the track will reopen Friday. A fundraiser, “Pony up for Charity,” has been scheduled for Friday to raise money for the backstretch storm victims.

Employees of horse trainer Jinks Fries, trainer of Kentucky Derby horse ArchArchArch, survey the damage to the barn at Churchill Downs. (John Sommers II/Reuters)

AP reports on the damage:


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