Synthetic surfaces

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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SYNTHETICS OVER DIRT? NOT IN NEW YORK

While racetracks in California struggle with the idea of synthetic racetracks, one thing seems very clear on the opposite side of the country. Synthetics will not fly in New York. “I don’t see this happening any time soon in New York, if at all,” said state Racing and Wagering Board Chairman John Sabini. […]

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UNION-TRIBUNE STANDS UP FOR DEL MAR

An editorial in today’s San Diego Union-Tribune lauds Del Mar’s dedication to its synthetic track despite Santa Anita’s likely return to dirt. They touted studies from California’s equine medical director and the Equibase Company that show the benefits of synthetic track in regards to horse fatalities. Click here for the rest of the editorial from […]

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SANTA ANITA LIKELY TO RETURN TO DIRT FOLLOWING 2009-10 MEETING

By Ray PaulickOn an afternoon when heavy rains forced Santa Anita Park management to cancel a special holiday program, track president Ron Charles said the all-weather surface currently in place will be removed at the end of the 2009-’10 and strongly hinted the Arcadia, Calif., racetrack would return to dirt for its main track surface. […]

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PRIORITY NO. 1: HORSES OR HORSEPLAYERS?

By Ray Paulick Southern California-based trainer Bob Hess crystallized the often toxic debate over synthetic tracks as well as anyone I’ve talked with on the subject: “My horses are happy on it, and they’re lasting a lot longer,” said Hess, a 44-year-old, second generation horseman and a graduate of Stanford University. “My clients are getting […]

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THE WILD WEST

By Ray PaulickThe California racing and breeding industry appears to have the stability of a bowl of Jello. Two tracks, Santa Anita Park and Golden Gate Fields, are owned by bankrupt Magna Entertainment and their future is cloudy. Hollywood Park is in the hands of a land developer that already bulldozed Bay Meadows and has […]

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JACKSON ACTING LIKE A SPOILED KID?

By Ray Paulick Racing fans have read the superlatives or come up with their own adjectives in the wake of super filly Rachel Alexandra’s dominating victory over a very good field of 3-year-old colts at New Jersey’s Monmouth Park in Sunday’s Grade 1 Haskell Invitational, her eighth consecutive victory. They’ve also heard the declaration by […]

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