Well, as fans of the old “Tonight Show with Johnny Carson” might respond, it’s so cold that Churchill Downs decided to cancel its live racing program–for tomorrow!
Due to sub-freezing overnight temperatures, today’s card might have been a casualty but with no racing scheduled, there was no foul.
No racing was scheduled but due to the unseasonably cold temps, training was canceled Tuesday morning so that the maintenance department could work on the surface to prevent it from freezing.
As this is written, the thermometer in Louisville reads 24 degrees, begging the question how does one book a flight to bluegrass country and wind up in Green Bay, Wisconsin? It is expected the deep freeze will continue as temps will drop into the teens by nightfall.
With temperatures expected to rise into the 30s by Wednesday afternoon, CDI officials are hopeful that live racing will resume Thursday. With that program already set, Wednesday’s card will either be brought back as is or the program will be redrawn.
It will be exactly five years next week since the last weather related cancellation occurred at the Kentucky Derby track.