05/13/2011 10:09AM

Churchill Downs: Fri. scratches, news

Email

Continuing with what has been a highly eventful spring meet, there were 10 winning $2 tickets, each worth more than $147k, sold in the pick 6 yesterday, with none of them being sold here at Churchill. Nearly $1.6 million was bet into a carryover of $514k left over from the Ky Derby.

The super high 5 also fell yesterday after a $220k carryover enticed nearly $600k more into it, with each $1 winner coming back for more than $21k.

The weather today is dry, although the weathermen keep talking about a 60-percent chance of rain today and 40-percent tomorrow and Sunday. Whatever happens, nothing can match the torrential downpours we had for a few weeks leading up to the Derby. For now, a fast track and firm turf.

On an extremely sad note, a memorial tribute to fallen 24yo jockey Michael Baze will be held after the 4th race today . . . that'll be about 4:30 ET. You left us far, far too early, young man . . . 

Reminders: first post for the next 5 Fridays (thru June 10) is 2:45 ET. Also, no 6-figure stakes here until the G3 Louisville on Sat., May 28.

Have taken the liberty of pasting in the early changes for the 11-race Fri. card from the CD website. Good luck today.

Friday, May 13 - Day 8 of 39 (UPDATED: 8:10 a.m. All times EDT)

TRACK: FAST

TURF: FIRM (Lane 2, 15 feet off the hedge)

POST TIME: 2:45 p.m.

RACE 1 (2:45 p.m.) - 50-cent Pick 4 on races 1-4

SCRATCH #2 Crown the Cat

RACE 2 (3:16 p.m.)

SCRATCH #7 Honeymoon Hotel

Race 3 (3:48 p.m.)

NO CHANGES

Race 4 (4:18 p.m.) - 50-cent Pick 4 on Races 4-7

SCRATCH #4 Ay Mamita

SCRATCH #6 Angel Love

SCRATCH #7 Im A Dixie Diva

Race 5 (4:50 p.m.) 

NO CHANGES

Race 6 (5:22 p.m.) - Pick 6 ($2 minimum wager) on races 6-11 / No Carryover

NO CHANGES

Race 7 (5:52 p.m.) - 50-cent Pick 5 on races 7-11

SCRATCH #1 Uncensored

Race 8 (6:22 p.m.) - 50-cent Pick 4 on races 8-11

SCRATCH #3 He Can He Will

Race 9 (6:54 p.m.)

NO CHANGES

Race 10 (7:24 p.m.)

SCRATCH #8 Sweet Gladys

RACE 11 (7:54 p.m.) - SUPER HI-5 ($1 minimum wager) / No Carryover

NO CHANGES