The following feature was originally published in the Paulick Report Special, our print edition distributed at major Thoroughbred auctions.
What was up with that track bias at Santa Anita for Breeders' Cup dirt races?
Until the synthetic track era began, Southern California racetracks had the reputation – deserved or not – of racing over concrete highways that favored speed horses over closers. When Frank Stronach decided to replace the synthetic Pro-Ride with a conventional dirt track, it meant that speed biases and fast times would return. At least this was a safe track, if not a fair one, for the Breeders' Cup.
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