Synthetic surfaces

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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Born To Run: Bramlage Defends Industry in Toronto Star’s ‘Big Debate’ On Horse Racing

The Toronto Star, in an ongoing opinion feature it calls “The Big Debate,” focused on equine safety in its most recent installment, asking the question, “Are race horses being put in danger.” Taking the stand that the sport does put horses in danger was Katie Lamb, a horse racing enthusiast and free-lance writer based in […]

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‘Something Of A Surprise’: NYTHA Members Evenly Divided On Synthetic Track For Aqueduct

An online survey of New York Thoroughbred Horsemen’s Association members was almost evenly divided on whether or not the New York Racing Association should install a synthetic racing surface at Aqueduct. NYRA CEO Chris Kay raised the issue earlier this month at a meeting of the New York Racing Franchise Oversight Board, saying his organization was […]

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Britain: Horsemen Praise New Tapeta Surface At Newcastle

Newcastle Racecourse unveiled its new all-weather racing surface May 17, with eight races carded for the track’s inaugural meet. According to the Chronicle Live, the £12-million renovation of the racecourse took six months to complete, and includes not only the new Tapeta racing surface, but floodlights to conduct night racing as well. Newcastle is currently the only facility in the North […]

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Report: Synthetic Surface Being Considered For Aqueduct’s Inner Track

New York Racing Association officials are considering installing a synthetic surface at Aqueduct. The Blood-Horse reports that NYRA president Chris Kay told the Financial Oversight Board that costs are still being negotiated regarding the installation. The new track is expected to cost between $9 million and $12 million. “We believe having a synthetic track at Aqueduct would be […]

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The Friday Show: Derby Talk And Synthetic Moves

We’re fast approaching the most important prep races on the Road to the Kentucky Derby. This weekend features the 2015 debut of American Pharoah, the colt that could go favored on the first Saturday in May. In this edition of The Friday Show, Scott Jagow and Ray Paulick share their thoughts on the Derby contenders […]

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Tapeta Inventor Dickinson Defends Meydan Surface

After Sheikh Hamdan Al Maktoum publicly criticized Meydan Racecourse’s synthetic Tapeta surface last week, its inventor Michael Dickinson comes to its defense. Sheikh Hamdan, whose Mukhadram finished second behind African Story in the Dubai World Cup, told the Gulf News that some horses don’t adjust well to the surface. “It is also inconsistent,” he said. […]

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Racing Post: Dubai World Cup Program Puts Tapeta Under the Microscope

Many of the top Thoroughbreds in the world have arrived in the United Arab Emirates for Saturday’s rich Dubai World Cup program. While the official draw has not yet taken place, it is quite noticeable how very few North American-based horses will compete. Of the eight Thoroughbred races that will be contested, only three U.S. […]

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