03/05/2011 2:02PM

Fair Grounds: Saturday conditions (not pretty)

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Cloudy, storms in area, 73 degrees
South wind (cross) 10-15 mph
Main track muddy, off turf

All kinds of weather watches and warnings out. Wind streaming in from Gulf of Mexico churning up storms throughout the afternoon. Yesterday's wet track had a heavy inside-speed component, and anyone playing FG today should carefully analyze the first couple races before diving in too heavily. Another approach would be to assume the inside-speed thing is going to carry over and play the opener accordingly, but I find it hard to determine who's going to make the front in that route claimer.

Willcox Inn, as expected, is out of the off-the-turf Grindstone Stakes.