Updated on 09/17/2011 2:28PM

Clocker Report - Rain a four-letter word

Wimbledon works five furlongs in :59.70 seconds on Sunday morning at Churchill Downs.

LOUISVILLE, Ky. - Rain was a four-letter word around Churchill Downs during training hours on Sunday. Especially to the four trainers who had works scheduled for their Kentucky Derby hopefuls on an absolutely miserable morning.

Light rain that fell when the racetrack opened for training at 5:15 a.m. turned to torrential downpours an hour later and a sloppy/fast track became heavier and slower as the morning progressed up until the renovation break. The surface quickened a bit after being floated by the maintenance crew during the break.

Trainer Todd Pletcher called an audible, moved up his works for LIMEHOUSE and POLLARD'S VISION and was able to barely beat the heaviest rains. FRIENDS LAKE, unfortunately, took the worst of it by the time he got out at 6:30 a.m. while BORREGO and WIMBLEDON both worked after the track had been floated following the break.

Work of the Day - Wimbledon (five furlongs in :59.70 seconds)- What a difference a day makes. For a horse who did not move very smoothly either jogging or galloping the previous morning, WIMBLEDON couldn't have worked better over the sloppy going. With Dana Barnes aboard, the gray colt broke off approximately four lengths behind stablemate Determined, caught his mate approaching the three-eighths pole midway on the turn, fanned out into the five path coming off the turn and after changing leads finished full of run under a little hand urging and one shake of the whip from Barnes inside the sixteenth pole.

What was most impressive is that with the naked eye it didn't appear WIMBLEDON was going that fast. But the stopwatch indicated otherwise. After getting an opening quarter and half in :24.79 and :36.51 he completed his final quarter mile in :23.19. The gallop out was equally sharp, six furlongs in 1:12.83 and seven-eighths in 1:26.42!

Limehouse (five furlongs in 1:01 according to track clockers) - Another horse who won't dazzle anybody during his morning gallops but looked considerably better when allowedto extend himself this morning. Sent out at 5:45 a.m. under exercise rider Michelle Nehei and working alongside stablemate Speightstown, LIMEHOUSE was well in hand throughout the drill, gradually edging away to beat his older mate by about 1.25 lengths at the wire.

Pollard's Vision (five furlongs in 1:00.89) - With exercise rider Patti Krotenko up, POLLARD'S VISION went in company with stablemate Cherry Bomb. Working closest to the rail, the pair went in fractions of :24.18, :35.67 and :48.57 with POLLARDS VISION ultimately pulling away to finish four widening lengths in front while under little pressure at any time. Did drift out slightly and appeared to brush with his workmate briefly in early stretch. Galloped out six furlongs in 1:14.61.

Friends Lake (five furlongs in 1:03.06) - Rain was falling in sheets by the time FRIENDS LAKE made it to the track and as a result exercise rider Amanda Roxborough was just content to make sure she got the New York bred around safely over a track that was getting wetter and stickier by the second. Was well reserved for his opening four furlongs, going in conservative splits of :25.80, :38.04 and :51.12. AT the eighth pole Roxborough moved her hands just slightly to give FRIENDS LAKE a little encouragment and the Florida Derby winner responded by coming home his final eighth in :11.84 before galloping out three quarters of a mile in 1:17.30.

Borrego (five furlongs in 1:03.74) - The first out over the track after the renovation break and like FRIENDS LAKE was never asked for any speed by exercise rider Andy Durnin, going in splits of :25.65, :37.87 and :51 before completing his final furlong in :12.74. Has made a very good appearance here all week but must be concerned by the fact he shut down completely after passing the wire, barely galloping out to the seven-eighths pole in a slow 1:19.90.

All works timed by Daily Racing Form unless otherwise noted.