07/22/2011 5:51PM

Arlington: Off turf, not as hot


Four races into Friday's card, the temperature is 86 degrees, which, compared to the cauldron of the last two days in Chicago, feels chilly. Not really, but you get it. There's a light west wind. Cloudy.

Big storms swept through Chicagoland mid-morning today. Arlington is off turf, and the course figures to be good to yielding tomorrow, when the Stars and Stripes Stakes is scheduled.

I'd try to tell you something insightful about race shapes and times so far today, but I'm working from the home office, and my internet connections is so spotty that I haven't been able to view an entire race yet.