Wet Forecast for Kentucky Oaks and Derby

Heavy rain has been falling in Louisville, Ky., on Friday morning and it appears that rain will be a factor  for Friday’s Kentucky Oaks day  card and for Saturday’s Kentucky Derby Day  card at Churchill Downs.

First post is 10:30 a.m. for Friday’s 13-race card  at  Churchill.

The  Kentucky  Oaks (Grade 1) for 3-year-old fillies is the 11th race  with scheduled post of  6:12 p.m.

The Weather Channel  forecast is for a rain chance of  15 percent during most of  Friday afternoon.

On Saturday, Churchill will have  14  races with first post of 10:30 a.m.

The Kentucky Derby is the 12th  race with scheduled post of  6:50 p.m.

The Weather Channel forecast  is for the rain chance to range between 55 percent and 80 percent during racing hours.

Thus. many handicappers will still be making decisions late in he afternoon for  the Kentucky Derby.

“Which horse will win?” could depend largely on whether the rain has stopped and how well the track is  drying out.

In addition to their own live racing, Gulfstream Park  and  Tampa Bay Downs on Friday and Saturday will have  simulcast betting on each other’s races and on the full cards at Churchill  Downs.

We will have coverage of this weekend’s racing at Churchill Downs and at the Florida tracks on this web site and on our blog which may be accessed on the menu bar at the top of this web site.

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