08/03 CLIFFROSE stuck in the mud of Florida

CLIFFROSE (Monsun-CENTAINE) finished 6th in the Very One Handicap, Gr.3 in Gulfstreampark. The official nearly had to move the race from the Turf to the Dirt as TDN reports:
"Gulfstream Park track officials were forced to change the distance of the GIII Very One H. due to the yielding turf course. Originally carded to be run at 1 3/8 miles, the Very One was cut back to 1 1/8 miles. AStaff and I contacted horsemen involved in this race and they recognize that, since the safety of horse and rider is the most important concern for all of us, we needed to call an audible, said Bernie Hettel, Gulfstream Park=s racing operations manager. AWe wanted to keep the race on the grass, but for that to happen, we needed to move the rail [to 84 feet]. Although we labeled the course yielding, it was safe. With the rail placement in mind, we thought the most prudent course of action was to change the distance. Horsemen understand the reasoning for this and support our decision"