06/10/2011 9:54AM

Churchill Downs: Fri. scratches, news

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The last of the Friday warm-ups for the 3 Fri night racing programs that remain on the spring meet sked at Churchill Downs comes today,  with a twilight first post of 2:45 ET. "Warm-up" is the appropriate term, as the weather just won't cool off around here - the high temps are expected to reach the mid-90s yet again, with no let-up in sight.

Like everybody else across the country, we're all looking forward to an exciting 143rd running of the Belmont Stakes tomorrow. Like most tracks and outlets, advance wagering is available here today on the Belmont. By the way, the live feature here tomorrow is no slouch, with Check the Label, Tapitsfly, and Snow Top Mountain part of a rugged field of 11 f-m turfers in the G3, $100k Mint Julep (race 10 of 11).

The feature tonight (race 9 of 11) pits multi-G1 winner General Quarters vs. Wise Dan and a couple other capable runners in a classified alw .  .  . look for GQ to be in need of a race (especially at this 7-furlong distance) and for Wise Dan and J.Leparoux to prevail in the third race in his form cycle.

Fast track, firm turf for later on today. The carryovers are included in the scratches we're pasting in from the CD website. Good luck.

Friday, June 10, 2011 - Day 24 of 39 (Updated 8:55 a.m.)

TRACK: FAST

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

POST TIME: 12:45 p.m. (all times EDT)

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

SCRATCH #1 Tie

SCRATCH #1A Princess Janelle

RACE 2 (3:16 p.m.)

NO CHANGES

RACE 3 (3:48 p.m.)

NO CHANGES

RACE 4 (4:18 p.m.) - 50-cent Pick 4 on races 4-7

NO CHANGES

RACE 5 (4:50 p.m.)

NO CHANGES

RACE 6 (5:22 p.m.) - $2 minimum Pick 6 on races 6-11 (3-day carryover $14,651)

SCRATCH #1 American Darling

SCRATCH #11 Gettem Up Girl

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

NO CHANGES

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

NO CHANGES

RACE 9 (6:54 p.m.) - Feature

SCRATCH #4 Grand Traverse

RACE 10 (7:24 p.m.)

NO CHANGES

RACE 11- $1 Super Hi-5 (no carryover)

SCRATCH #7 Wekiva Watchee

AE #11 Threeforall will run