Snowy morning at Churchill Downs gets mixed reviews from trainers, horses

Updated: Apr. 21, 2021 at 3:44 PM EDT
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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WAVE) - It was a rare site at Churchill Downs on Wednesday morning.

Snow fell on the iconic twin spires in April.

“It’s actually kinda cool to see,” two-time Kentucky Derby-winning trainer Todd Pletcher said. “It’s unusual this time of year, but I guess when you come here to Kentucky in the spring you kinda prepare for anything.”

As pretty as the snow is visually, it was not a welcome site amongst the trainers.

“I thought about going back in, staying home,” Louisville-based trainer Dale Romans joked. “I quit this a long time ago. I started going to Florida 20 years ago in the winter.”

Added trainer Dallas Stewart, who is from New Orleans: “Yeah, it’s pretty to look at right? When you’ve got to work out in it, it ain’t too fun.”

While humans, especially sports reporters, complain about the cold temperatures and the snow, the horses didn’t mind it at all.

“It doesn’t bother them,” Romans said. “They like the crisp, refreshing air.”

Among the horses who seemed to love Wednesday’s weather was Pletcher’s contender Bourbonic.

“He was full of himself this morning, gave the rider a tough time pulling up, he said. “He was ready to make another lap.”

Bourbonic is a long shot, but considering the snow accumulation just hours after a 70-degree day, you would have to think Bourbonic has a snowball’s chance.

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