Synthetic surfaces

Shanklin: It’s Time To Admit It—Synthetic Is Safer

According to a recent post on his blog, Horse Racing Business, Bill Shanklin believes that after four years’ worth of data-gathering from the Jockey Club’s Equine Injury Database, the numbers are clear: synthetic is a safer surface. Shanklin notes that the mortality rate per-thousand starts for dirt surfaces in the last four years was 2.08, […]

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Keeneland adjusts Polytrack after bevy of track records fall

After five track records on Polytrack were established over a one-week period from Oct. 14-20, maintenance crews at Keeneland altered their maintenance of the synthetic surface in hopes of slowing down racing times, Daily Racing Form reported. Harrows depths were lowered by a half-inch Friday morning, from 4 to 4 1/2 inches, though Keeneland director […]

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Australian track looks to Tapeta for new era

A Thoroughbred track on the Australian island state of Tasmania launched a new $11 million Tapeta racing surface Sunday, to much acclaim. Racing Minister Bryan Green hailed the track at Tapeta Park at Spreyton as “one of the best in the world,” saying the new rain-resistant surface will allow the track to host 18 race […]

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NY Times: Deaths on dirt revive debate about merits of synthetic tracks

During the wettest April on record in Lexington (12.70 in.), no racing days were lost and no horses were fatally injured. In contrast, the winter-spring meet at Santa Anita Park, which returned to a dirt surface on its main track after three years of synthetics, had 12 racing and 7 training fatalities on the main […]

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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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