11/18/2010 12:29PM

Churchill Downs: Main track downgraded to sloppy for opener


With a steady rain falling all morning, the Churchill Downs main track has been downgraded from muddy to sloppy to begin the card. Officially, the track is still calling the turf "good," but given a fair amount of rainfall, this handicapper would view it more as yielding.

Getting back to the sloppy main track, don't be surprised to see jockey Calvin Borel have a rewarding day. His numbers tend to go through the roof when this track is wet.

He knows how to find the right path on such kind of surfaces.