05/01/2010 1:24PM

Churchill Downs: More Of The Same?


With the seventh race, the Churchill Distaff Turf Mile, having been run on turf, it will be interesting to see if there has been any change in the way the main track has been playing in the next race, race eight, the Humana Distaff. There will have been a gap of 100 minutes or so since the last race on the main track, which when last in use seemed to be increasingly playing in favor of outside closers. If it does continue that way, then the Derby could present the interesting scenario of the pace players and mid-race movers racing out in the middle of the track, forcing the late runners to go even wider, or enticing them to take the bait and come up an inside part of the track that has increasingly looked to be deeper.