The second of two Lexington-bound horse transport flights operated by Tex Sutton did not depart Stewart Airport in Newburgh, New York, as planned Monday morning, Larry Ulrich, a New York-based representative for the company confirmed.
The morning’s first Tex Sutton flight departed Republic Airport in Farmingdale, New York on Long Island at 7:49 a.m. EST, 49 minutes behind schedule, and landed at Lexington’s Blue Grass Field at 9:21 a.m. EST, 44 minutes late. As the morning wore on in greater New York, the winds intensified, causing a trailer ban across the area bridges, including the Mario Cuomo Memorial Bridge, and the horses en route via horse trailer could not make it to the airport. According to Ulrich, “10 or 11” horses were supposed to board the flight.
According to the Tex Sutton website, a flight is scheduled to depart Farmingdale for Lexington early Tuesday morning. Horses entered for the ‘Future Stars Friday’ program are required to be on the grounds at Keeneland by 10 a.m. Tuesday.