Tornado Strikes Will Rogers Downs

Will Rogers Downs

Will Rogers Downs was hit by a tornado that tore through Claremore, Oklahoma Saturday night. The tornado, which caused heavy damage to homes and businesses in the area, was an EF-2, according to initial surveys by the National Weather Service. The Enhanced Fujita Wind Scale rates tornados from zero to five, with five being the strongest.

“The property was in the path of the tornado,” Travis Noland, a spokesman for Will Rogers Downs, told Daily Racing Form Sunday. “At the property itself, there is some pretty significant damage, but we're really grateful from a life, safety respect, there were no reports of any serious injuries.”

Will Rogers concluded its Thoroughbred meet May 15. Horses remaining on the grounds Saturday were transported to other facilities throughout the morning Sunday.

A post on the track's Facebook page Sunday morning said, “Will Rogers Downs remains closed as we continue assessing the damage from last night's storm.”

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