The Man Behind the ‘Million’ Dollar Turf Course
The Paulick Report continues its coverage from Arlington Park in Chicago with a focus on the track’s famous turf course, which will attract horses from all over the world this weekend to run in a series of races culminating with the Arlington Million.
A beautifully-maintained turf doesn’t happen by accident – it takes patience and care and constant attention. Gabriel Ruiz has paid attention to nearly every blade of grass on the Arlington turf for more than two decades. He worked for years as a laborer before being promoted to Turf Superintendent in 2009.
We wondered what it takes to maintain such a famous patch of grass and what’s behind all the love and care. The Paulick Report’s Scott Jagow and Natalie Voss get their feet “green” to find out.