10/02/2010 11:29AM

Hoosier: Rain and slop . . . so far


It's Indiana Derby Day at Hoosier, and the place is all dolled up, with HRTV here and maybe a dozen or more media members coming to see Lookin At Lucky later in the day. In late morning, all was quiet back at Barn 16, which LAL has called home since arriving here from California mid-afternoon on Wednesday.

It's been raining pretty steadily for at least a couple of hours here, and the track is sloppy as the first race (post 12:35 ET) nears, but the skies appear to be breaking, and the weatherman is calling for no more rain as the day wears on. What the track condition might be when the G2, $500k Indiana Derby is run later in the day remains to be seen; we'll keep you posted.

There is one potential scratch from the Ind Derby: Indy Bull, who is cross-entered in an earlier Indy-bred stakes. Keep you posted there, too.

Hoo has announced that because of tote issues, two of the scheduled pick 4s that were supposed to be offered will not be. The pick 4s that remain available are the opening pick 4 (races 1-4) and the pick 4 ending with the Ind Derby (races 9-12).

There will be 7 stakes on the 14-race card here today . . . here follow the scratches in the stakes:

Race 9 - SCR #5 Spiritual Order

Race 11 - SCR #5 Shakaleena