Santa Anita will install a drainage system on its main track under the inside rail prior to the upcoming fall meet, reports the Daily Racing Form.
Maintenance consultant Dennis Moore told DRF that grading of the main track surface has been completed and new material was added.
“We took it all the way down to the base and made sure the grade and the base was all right, and it is,” Moore said. “We found nothing wrong with it.”
The fall meet begins in late September and includes the Breeders' Cup World Championships Nov. 1 and 2. The previous meeting saw 30 racing or training fatalities from late December to June 23, generating a firestorm of controversy. Some observers pointed fingers at the track condition, particularly over the winter months when an unusually high amount of rain was recorded.
Moore told DRF the drainage system is like the one at Keeneland and will help water drain faster.
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