Synthetic surfaces

Ask Ray: Deleted Comments, Dark Tapeta And Missing Fractions

“Why do you delete my comments for speaking the truth? What is your problem with the truth?” So asks a Paulick Report reader in the latest installment of Ask Ray. Publisher Ray Paulick politely explains that the website’s commenting policy expressly forbids name calling that uses words like “criminal,” “crook” or “fraud.” Unfortunately, he then […]

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Turfway Park Switching Synthetic Surfaces, From Polytrack To Tapeta

Churchill Downs Incorporated announced plans to invest $5.6 million to replace the existing track at Turfway Park with a new Tapeta synthetic track, one of the world’s leading surfaces for racing and training, through an agreement with Tapeta Footings, Inc. The removal of Turfway’s existing Polytrack and installation of the new Tapeta synthetic track will […]

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The Friday Show Presented By Three Biggest Horse Racing Issues In 2020?

It’s fair to say the U.S. horse racing industry wouldn’t mind putting 2019 behind it, considering the controversy that plagued the sport throughout the year. And that wish is about to come true, but what will be the top stories of 2020? In this edition of The Friday Show, Scott Jagow and Ray Paulick discuss […]

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Turfway Park, Woodbine Collaborate On All-Weather Winners Challenge Series

Turfway Park in Florence, Ky., and Woodbine Entertainment in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, have teamed up to create the All-Weather Winners Challenge series, with winners of designated stakes at each track earning automatic entry with nomination and entry fees paid to stakes across the border. The new series begins in 2020, with the first eligible winners […]

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Dickinson: Racing On Dirt ‘Past Its Sell-By Date’; Politicians Will Force Change To Synthetics

Former trainer Michael Dickinson, who with his wife owns Tapeta Footings, told a panel Wednesday the “revolution against dirt” over safety concerns has already started, and that it’s unlikely racetracks will make the change to synthetics without political pressure. As reported by the Daily Racing Form, Dickinson was part of some heated exchanges during a […]

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Former British Trainer: Too Many Things In U.S. Racing ‘Seemingly Designed To Harm The Horse’

At Thoroughbred Racing Commentary, former British racehorse trainer Patrick Gilligan takes a dim view of the current modus operandi in U.S. racing. Gilligan moved to the U.S. five years ago to help his son Jack, a jockey, pursue a riding career, which he’s doing on the Midwest circuit. First and foremost, Gilligan writes, nearly everything […]

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Santa Anita Mulling Return To Synthetic Surface

As The Stronach Group continues to contemplate changes to improve safety at the embattled Santa Anita Park, officials there say they haven’t completely ruled out a switch back to synthetic. At a safety and security press briefing held Wednesday morning, Stronach Group chief veterinary officer Dr. Dionne Benson took a question from gathered media about […]

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View From The Eighth Pole: On The Surface, Woodbine Deserves Another Breeders’ Cup

It’s been 23 years since the Breeders’ Cup was held at Woodbine in Toronto, Canada, the first and only time the world championships were conducted outside of the United States. What I remember the most about that 1996 Breeders’ Cup was Alphabet Soup’s upset of Allen Paulson’s Cigar in the Classic, with Chris McCarron guiding […]

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The Friday Show Presented By The Match Series: A New Synthetic Era?

The North American horse racing industry is under a great deal of pressure to strengthen its protection of horses and riders and do everything it can to make races and training as safe as possible. Should that include a switch (or return in some cases) to synthetic racetrack surfaces? Scott Jagow and Joe Nevills discuss […]

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