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Oaks-Derby Weather & Post Position Draw

Kentucky Derby 2012

LOOKS LIKE PARTLY SUNNY SKIES, MID-80s FOR OAKS & DERBY – The early Kentucky Derby Day forecast for Louisville from the National Weather Service calls for partly sunny skies and a high of 84 degrees and a 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Here’s the day-by-day weather outlook:

 

  • Tuesday (May 1): Mostly cloudy, 82, with a 60 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms mainly between noon and 5 p.m. ET.

  • Wednesday (May 2): Mostly sunny, 87.

  • Thursday (May 3): Mostly sunny, 87.

  • Friday (May 4 – Kentucky Oaks Day): Partly sunny, 84, with a 30 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms.

  • Saturday (May 5 – Kentucky Derby Day): Partly sunny, 84, with a 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms.

POST POSITION DRAW

 

KENTUCKY DERBY: The Post Position Draw for the Kentucky Derby will be held Wednesday, May 2 from 5-6 p.m. ET in the Secretariat Lounge on the second floor of the Clubhouse. The event will be televised live nationally on NBC Sports Network and local affiliates. Media credentials must be displayed for appropriate access. In 2010, the Kentucky Derby Post Position Draw reverted back to a traditional “pill pull” where horses’ entry blanks are pulled simultaneously with a numbered pill to determine what stall a horse will break from in the starting gate. The field for the Kentucky Derby will be limited to 20 horses with preference given to horses with the most graded stakes earnings. Entries close Wednesday, May 2 at 10 a.m. ET. Once the post position draw is complete, horsemen will be available for comment in a designated area for media.

 

KENTUCKY OAKS: The Post Position Draw for the Kentucky Oaks will be held Tuesday, May 1 in Churchill Downs’ Racing Office at 11 a.m. ET. Post positions for the Kentucky Oaks are determined by a traditional “pill pull” where horses’ entry blanks are pulled simultaneously with a number pill to determine which post a horse will break from the starting gate. The field for the Kentucky Oaks will be limited to 14 horses with preference given to the horses with the most graded stakes earnings.

 

 

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