05/11/2011 4:53PM

Arlington: Wednesday midcard update

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Belated Wednesday conditions:
Well, hot. Really hot. About 84 degrees. East wind (tail-wind stretch) 10-14 mph.
Turf listed firm (rail 15 feet outside lane 5) right now, but there are major storm clouds on the horizon. Things could change rapidly.

Hot weather = (usually) slower Poly times. We've seen that. Combine the heat with the east wind, and we're seeing really slow opening fractions in sprints. That was especially true in race 1, a $5K starter, where the first fraction in a six-furlong dash went in a route-like 24 seconds. Final times have not been all that slow, but much more so than over the weekend, when things were cool and damp.