The expansion work on the turf course has begun at Del Mar as crews began clearing trees and other vegetation in the infield on Sept. 9.
Fox 5 San Diego news reported that maintenance and turf crews at Del Mar have begun clearing the infield and mapping out were utilities and irrigation will go. All of this work must be done before work can begin on widening the turf course, which will be expanded to 80 feet across all the way around. After the work is complete, fields for turf races can be expanded to 14, instead of being limited to 10, as they are now.
Leif Dickinson, Del Mar's turf superintendent told Fox 5 that the finished project will allow for a better view from the grandstand, too.
“It's a brand new profile, hopefully something that will be a little more stable that the horses will handle well,” Dickinson said.
The project is expected to cost between $5 and $10 million, and should be completed in four to five months.
Read more at Fox 5 San Diego
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