Synthetic surfaces

Zipse: The synthetic experiment should be over

California trainers will get to test out Santa Anita’s new dirt surface for the first time Monday. Blogger Zipse At The Track suggests this return to dirt should be the first of many for U.S. tracks with synthetic surfaces.

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BAFFERT: I Was All for Synthetic Surfaces When They First Came Here, but Then I Realized ‘Oh Boy, This Is Not Good’

Claire Novak, in a special to ESPN.com, analyzes the resurfacing of Santa Anita back to dirt and the reasons California made the sudden transition to synthetics in 2008. Is it the right move for Santa Anita to return to it’s dirt roots? What say you? require_once(ABSPATH. ‘/wp-content/blogad.php’); ?> Read more at ESPN.com

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DEL MAR’S FRAVEL: IF THEY COME UP WITH SOME MAGIC DIRT, THEN WE’LL CONSIDER IT…RIGHT NOW, WE’RE QUITE HAPPY WITH WHAT WE HAVE

In a San Diego Union-Tribune article by Hank Wesch, Del Mar president and general manager Craig Fravel all but crossed a line through the possibility joining Santa Anita as the second California track to revert back to dirt. “What Santa Anita does with their racetrack is their,” said Fravel. “We’ll watch and see and if […]

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UPDATED: TRAINING HALTED AT DEL MAR BECAUSE OF TRACK CONDITION

By Ray PaulickUPDATE: During a regularly scheduled meeting of the California Horse Racing Board Thursday morning, Del Mar officials Joe Harper and Craig Fravel addressed the board on the condition of the Polytrack surface, which was closed for training earlier in the morning. Fravel told the CHRB the power harrowing conducted overnight “has a tendency […]

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STATISTICS CAN BE SYNTHETIC TOO

By Ray Paulick Whether he knew it or not, researcher Tim Parkin threw a juicy piece of red meat to the vocal anti-synthetic track crowd on Monday during the opening session of the third Welfare and Safety of the Racehorse Summit at Keeneland when he said there was no “statistically relevant difference” in the percentage […]

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NICHOLSON: I THINK PERSONALLY THAT WE WERE ON AUTOMATIC PILOT WITH DIRT SURFACES FOR TOO MANY YEARS

During the week of the world’s biggest dirt race, the Courier-Journal discusses the lack of progress in the expansion of synthetic tracks. At one point, the momentum was so great that Tom Meeker of Churchill Downs predicted that the Derby may actually one day be run on synthetics. “I just think it’ll be the standard […]

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DICKINSON RESPONDS TO PAULICK READERS

Before heading to Sydney, Australia, for the Asian Racing Conference, the always entertaining Michael Dickinson took time to respond to the many comments to his interview in last week’s Paulick Report Forum brought to you by Breeders’ Cup. Below is his lengthy and thoughtful response.   A big thank you to everyone for […]

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PAULICK REPORT FORUM brought to you by Breeders’ Cup: A SYNTHETIC WORLD CUP

By Ray Paulick Michael Dickinson’s interest in racing surfaces first took root in the mid-1970s when he spent two summers at Ballydoyle in Ireland, working with his mentor, the late Vincent O’Brien, the legendary Irish trainer. “He started the all-weather gallops,” Dickinson said of O’Brien. “Before that, everyone (in Europe) trained on grass or […]

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WHERE SHOULD WE PUT THE BLAME FOR CALIFORNIA’S INCREASED FATALITIES?

In an article from The San Diego Union-Tribune, recently released data shows that the last two years of racing have produced the most fatalities of any two-year period in California racing history. However, equine medical director Rick Arthur contends this is due to the increased number of starts at Golden Gate after the closing of […]

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PAULICK REPORT FORUM brought to you Breeders’ Cup: SYNTHETIC TRACKS? NO MOSS

By Ray Paulick Jerry Moss has been living a dream since moving to California from his native New York in 1960. In 1962, with trumpeter and band leader Herb Alpert, he formed A&M Records and over the next quarter century produced music for a diverse group of recording artists ranging from The Carpenters, Joan Baez, […]

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