Derby Day Weekend Weather
It’s the one weekend a year we can all claim to be a Kentuckian. I am talking the first Saturday in May and the Run for the Roses at Churchill Downs. Indeed, the Kentucky Derby is the one tried and tested sign of springtime!
After a very wet week, there is no worry about a muddy track thanks to drying winds, Ol Kentucky Sol (as in sunshine) and oh by the way a subterranean drying system that can turn the surface at the Downs from sloppy to fast in a matter of hours.
The weather locally and in Louisville will start seasonably cool on Friday as they run the Kentucky Oaks. The sun will play a game of hide and go seek behind passing clouds. Highs will struggle to make 65.
Saturday is the big day. It starts with the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure in Charleston. Then the scene shifts to the Harveytown section of Huntington as Mike Perry invites all for the annual Heritage Farm Spring Festival.
The day time air will start rather cool for the 9AM 5K on the banks of the Kanawha River but warm smartly by the noon hour in Harveytown.
By late afternoon the sun will indeed shine on the Twin Spires at my old Kentucky Home in Louisville for the 140thth run for the roses. The day will be dry, the track fast and the breezes gusty as California Chrome, the Derby favorite, eyes the garland of roses.
Post Time will be 6:25 on WSAZ. I will add my pick for the race on Friday as I scour the field for a “weather” related named horse.