Yes, it’s rain­ing in Ken­tucky, too

The Hamilton Spectator - - SPORTS - THE AS­SO­CI­ATED PRESS LOUISVILLE, KY. —

Rain is pelt­ing Churchill Downs at the start of an ex­pected a three-day stretch of wet weather lead­ing up to the Ken­tucky Derby. But there are two sil­ver lin­ings. The first is that the se­ri­ous prepa­ra­tions for the Derby con­tenders are com­pleted, and the weather wasn’t a fac­tor Thurs­day morn­ing, with most of the Derby horses out for rou­tine main­te­nance gal­lops.

The sec­ond is that the rain could end well be­fore the Derby on Satur­day. While show­ers are fore­cast in the morn­ing, the storm could move out be­fore the sched­uled post time of 6:46 p.m.

The dirt track at Churchill Downs has a rep­u­ta­tion for rapidly drain­ing and dry­ing. While there un­doubt­edly will be some resid­ual mois­ture on the sur­face, it might not be a muddy Derby if the sky clears in time.

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