05/05/2012 6:52AM

2012 Kentucky Derby: Churchill track closed for training Saturday morning

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Tom Keyser
Atigun wins the first race at Churchill Downs on Saturday over a wet track.

LOUISVILLE, Ky. - The Churchill Downs main track was closed for training on Saturday morning because of heavy rain overnight.

The track is normally open for just two hours, from 6 a.m. to 8 a.m., on Derby Day, owing to the early 10:30 a.m. post.

Several Derby horses, in particular Hansen, were scheduled to train Saturday morning, but conditions precluded that from happening. Hansen was quite eager in his training here Thursday and Friday, and his Mike Maker, was hoping to give him something to do Saturday morning, 12 hours before the race.

As of 7:30 a.m, it was cloudy, but no longer raining. The forecast for the day was for humid conditions, a high of 86 degrees, and isolated showers.

Churchill Downs's main track is known for drying quickly. This is the final Derby for Churchill's track superintendent, Butch Lehr, who is retiring. He and his crew for years have turned muddy tracks early Derby Day into fast tracks by the afternoon.

 

 

Douglas Rutherford More than 1 year ago
$1 TRIFECTA WHEEL ( 4 / ALL / ALL ) ( ALL / 4 / ALL ) ( ALL / ALL / 4 ) ........................................ As a wager better , im really HOPING Union Rags runs 3rd .......................... and nothing but LONGSHOTS come into the TRIFECTA ! This is WHY I play my Derby wager this way ............................... 1 , 2 , 3 , 5 , 8 , 11 , 12 , 14 WITH 4 UNION RAGS EXACTA ............................... Good Luck To Everyone
Douglas Rutherford More than 1 year ago
The track has now been listed as FAST ................... This track has an Act of its own ! The Turf listed as Good ! Pay close Attention to Julien Leparoux Today : you know - the Jockey ya Love to Hate .................................... I spoke with JL this morning , and he absolutely feels Great about His mounts ALL Day today
Tim smith More than 1 year ago
Raining ? BET the GRAY colt!!
chad mc rory More than 1 year ago
Did anyone get the splits on that lead tractor last go-round.?
Douglas Rutherford More than 1 year ago
Due to the heavy rains thru-out the night , the track is in question in my opinion with rain still in the air thru-out the day . Will be humid mid 80s . Turf races have been taken off . Te track has been listed as SLOPPY at this moment ! I absolutel do have my SOLID PICK if the track goes to the dry side . I do have a SOLID PICK if the track happens to stay on the SLOPPY / MUDDY / GOOD side of things . I am going to watch how the ( FIRST SEVEN RACES ) play out , along with the weather before ( POSTING MY SOLID PICK Trifecta Wheel WIN - PLACE - SHOW ) I really want to see how SHACKLEFORD handles the front pace ! I WILL HAVE MY SELECTION MADE BY ( 2 : 50pm ET ) Thanks To All , GOOD LUCK TODAY at Churchill Downs !
Douglas Rutherford More than 1 year ago
Early this morning OVER THE LOUD SPEAKER was announced the TURF races off TURF , now I hear that they announced the wrong statement . KENNY MAYNE and BYRON KING believe thru the weater reports that THE TRACK WILL DRY OUT FASTLY and THE TRACK WILL BE ( FAST ) FOR THE DERBY ! The Track May Play Out Today For MID-CLOSERS , to CLOSERS - instead of SPEED
. More than 1 year ago
Thank you Doug for your reports! Best of luck to you!
Douglas Rutherford More than 1 year ago
WELL : I FEEL 100% TONS BETTER AFTER REDEEMING MYSELF AFTER MY LOSS LAST YEAR BY MAKING ( SHACKLEFORD ) MY DERBY $1 TRIFECTA WHEEL HORSE W / P / S . I JUST PLACED A $2,500 WIN TICKET ON SHACKLEFORD .......................... I WAS WANTING TO WAIT AND SEE HOW SHACLKEFORD RAN TODAY , BEFORE MAKING MY ( DERBY PICK ) . I FEEL SO MUCH BETTER NOW ABOUT MY FINAL PICK !
chad mc rory More than 1 year ago
Now there's an encouraging word... I just re-figgered the Derby with them famous-figgers entered backwards. It works!!! As long as there ain't no washouts in the base we can trust that the horses and riders will be safe. Screw all the rest of it, let's get 'em home in one piece. Namaste'