Kentucky Derby 2013 Weather: Latest Reports and Conditions from Churchill Downs

Donald WoodFeatured ColumnistMay 4, 2013

LOUISVILLE, KY - MAY 03:  A rain soaked track runs during the morning exercise session in preparation for the 137th Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs on May 3, 2011 in Louisville, Kentucky.  (Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images)
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It’s finally time for the 139th Kentucky Derby. But while the excitement surrounding the 2013 edition of the fastest two minutes in sports is through the roof, the weather at Churchill Downs is not ideal for Saturday’s marquee event.

Instead of seeing the top horses in the field running in perfect conditions—contenders like morning-line favorite Orb, Verrazano, Goldencents and others—Mother Nature plans on adding the element of rain and moisture to deal with for this packed field.

With rain expected throughout the day and the knowledge that no Kentucky Derby has ever been canceled, the hope is that the post time of 6:24 p.m. ET is not delayed or even postponed.

If you will be attending the festivities at Churchill Downs or watching on television, be conscientious of the weather and the havoc it could wreak on race day at the Kentucky Derby.