11/05/2010 11:09AM

No Agreement on State of Churchill Turf


The fur continues to fly in the great Churchill Downs turf debate. On Friday morning, Richard Hannon, Jr., who will deputize for his father in saddling Paco Boy in the Mile and Tale Untold in the Juvenile Fillies Turf, pronounced the much maligned turf course as perfectly all right, stating unequivocally that the turf course would be labeled good to firm in England.
But Julien Leparoux, who rides regularly at Churchill Downs, claimed that it was soft, wondering if track officials haven't caved in to the requests of Michael Stoute, the trainer of Workforce, and Henry Cecil, the trainer of Midday, to water the course more effectively.
Leparoux told the Racing Post that there is "absolutely no chance" that the turf course could dry out before the first Cup race on Friday afternoon. With a chance of showers predicted for Louisville on Friday and fine weather the forecast for Saturday, we may not know what the turf course is really like until each of the six Cup races scheduled for it are run.