Storms Lead to Cancellation of CD Training | BloodHorse.com
With heavy overnight thunderstorms still producing severe lightning on Derby morning, May 5, at Churchill Downs, the Louisville track cancelled the limited training that was scheduled to take place between 6-8 a.m.
Butch Lehr, the track superintendent who is overseeing his final Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) before retirement, was unavailable early to discuss the track condition because he was tied up with track maintenance duties.
CD vice president of communications John Asher said Churchill had sealed the track (packing it down so water runs off) in anticipation of the storms that resulted in about an inch of precipitation overnight.