racetrack superintendents

Life Of The Track Superintendent: A Long Day’s Night

A work day in the life of Keeneland track superintendent Javier Barajas is, more accurately, a day and night. A 9 to 5 job? Try more like 5 to 9—as in a.m. to p.m.—but even that doesn’t start early enough. It’s a good thing that Barajas lives in a house on Keeneland property just a […]

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Track Superintendents Conference Concludes With Focus On Safety, Surface Design

More than 80 entities, including racing venues in Brazil, Canada, Puerto Rico and France, were represented during the 17th annual Track Superintendents Conference Sunday–Tuesday at Oaklawn. This event allowed track superintendents to share their knowledge and expertise with each other while also exploring new and proven methods to protect all industry stakes holders. The conference […]

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Oaklawn Park: ‘Track Superintendents Field Day’ Set For March 25-27

The agenda is set (see below), and the excitement is building for the Track Superintendents Field Day March 25-27 at Oaklawn Park. Event founder Roy Smith said the event is open to all track superintendents and staff. “We welcome and urge tracks to invest in sending your team,” Smith said. “The information shared and the […]

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Safety, Consistency Emphasized To Record 120 Registrants At Track Superintendents Conference

An emphasis on safer and more consistent racing surfaces, aided by science and technology, was heard by a record 120 registrants at the 16th annual Track Superintendents Conference, which wrapped up Tuesday evening at Canterbury Park in Shakopee, Minn., near Minneapolis. Sixteen speakers addressed the gathering – produced by the National Thoroughbred Racing Association (NTRA) […]

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Biosecurity, Turf Maintenance Among Topics For 2017 Track Superintendents Conference

Bio-security, racetrack geometry, and best-practice turf management are among topics to be discussed at the 16th annual Track Superintendents Conference, set for June 11-13 at Canterbury Park in Shakopee, Minn., near Minneapolis. Presenters include Dr. Roberta Dwyer, professor at the University of Kentucky’s Department of Animal & Food Sciences, on biosecurity; Dr. Mick Peterson, director […]

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Breaking New Ground: Innovative Equine Marketing Offering Internships In Track Maintenance

Innovative Equine Marketing, which provides manufacturer discounts to the horse world through its Equine Equipment program, is launching America’s first internships for college students interested in the field of race-track maintenance and getting on course to being a track superintendent. Keeneland Association in Lexington, Ky., and Hollywood Gaming Mahoning Valley Race Course in Youngstown, Ohio, […]

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