June 10, 2010

Friday Night Lights, Rachel and Blame

The Kentucky Derby may be over for 2010, but this weekend at Churchill Downs, the atmosphere will be electric. And electricity is just what the venerable Louisville oval will need to light up the night sky on Friday, as the track rolls out the first of several after dark racing cards. Last year's immense popularity of night racing, in which the track averaged over 30,000 in attendance, prompted a $4 million permanent lighting system to be erected. Friday’s theme will be Disco at the Downs, so polyester should be seen in abundance, as costume contests and dance competitions spice up the live racing. Churchill Downs will offer free parking and shuttle service, and gates will open at 4 p.m. with the last race scheduled for after 11 p.m. The on-track party will continue in the paddock past the witching hour. The partying should be over in time to welcome a daytime card on Saturday afternoon, and what a card it is.
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railrunner said...

Rachel Alexandra looks like a lock and her works have been fantastic since the La Troienne. I hope she wins by open lengths.
I'm going to try and beat Blame in the Foster. I like General Quarters and most but I'm not sure if he likes the dirt as much as synthetics and turf. Macho Again won it last year but doesn't look as sharp right now but I'm going to take a chance on him for second or third.

Brian Zipse said...

The Foster is a very good race, and while I like Blame best, the two mentioned, and a few others, certainly would be no surprise.

LDP said...

Both showed up yesterday. Things are building up for the Classic, RA seems to be back. Blame is turning into a monster, then you have QR too, in the east. Then in the west you have Queen Z and King Rail Trip.