Rain Weathers Down On Kentucky Derby Morning
Rain showered on Churchill Downs early Saturday, turning the historic track into an unpredictable terrain for the Kentucky Derby.
Heavy rains already postponed early morning workouts Saturday and trainers opted to trot their Derby hopefuls inside their barns instead.
A batch of showers in the predawn hours soaked the dirt circuit. More than an inch of rain had fallen by 7:30 AM, according to the National Weather Service, with more on the way.
Light rainfall is expected throughout the afternoon, a reprieve of sorts after projections earlier in the week suggested the track could get hit with 3-6 inches of rain.
By post time for the first race around 10:30 AM, the dirt looked something more like peanut butter, only a whole lot messier.
Experience in the muck is hard to find in the field, and trainer Bob Baffert says it’s impossible to tell how the top 3-year-olds will react when the starting gate opens for the 1 1/4-mile test.