All wet: Sloppy track awaits Kentucky Oaks


LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) – Rain is falling Friday morning at Churchill Downs, producing a sloppy track for the $1 million Kentucky Oaks later in the afternoon.

Track officials have posted conditions as “sloppy” for the main track and “good” for races over the grass course.

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The Oaks, the premier event for 3-year-old fillies, headlines the second-best attended day at the track.

Last year’s Oaks Day attracted a record 124,589, the third best total in the sport topped only by the Kentucky Derby and the Preakness.

As for the Derby, the National Weather Service offers a glimmer of hope. The latest forecast calls for the rain to clear out by 2 p.m. Saturday, leaving about five hours until post time for the track to dry out.


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