racing surfaces

Jockey Club Contributes More Than $750,000 To Racing Surfaces Testing Lab

The Jockey Club today announced the completion of a contribution of more than three-quarters of a million dollars from certain of its commercial businesses to the Racing Surfaces Testing Laboratory (RSTL) for equipment and other assets to expand services to additional racetracks across North America.  The need to increase and sustain the future of research […]

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Dickinson: Racing On Dirt ‘Past Its Sell-By Date’; Politicians Will Force Change To Synthetics

Former trainer Michael Dickinson, who with his wife owns Tapeta Footings, told a panel Wednesday the “revolution against dirt” over safety concerns has already started, and that it’s unlikely racetracks will make the change to synthetics without political pressure. As reported by the Daily Racing Form, Dickinson was part of some heated exchanges during a […]

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Santa Anita To Install Prototype Data-Gathering Technology On Track Maintenance Equipment

During Wednesday night’s “Racing Surfaces” panel discussion hosted by the University of Louisville’s Equine Industry Program, Dr. Mick Peterson revealed he is working closely with Santa Anita in the lead up to the Breeders’ Cup to install new prototypes of data-gathering technology on the track maintenance equipment. The director of the University of Kentucky Ag […]

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‘We Are Ready For Change’: Top Thoroughbred Trainers Voice Support For Horseracing Integrity Act

The following is an “Open Letter to the Thoroughbred Community” submitted to media outlets Friday from a group of 16 trainers:  Horse racing is at a pivotal moment in its long history in the United States. The past six months presented a string of events at venerable Santa Anita Park that have shaken public confidence […]

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Tim Ritvo Q&A: ‘There Are Things That Aren’t Acceptable Any More’

Tim Ritvo, chief operating officer of The Stronach Group’s Racing and Gaming Division that owns Santa Anita Park, sat down with Paulick Report publisher Ray Paulick to discuss the current situation at the Arcadia, Calif., track in the wake of the recent shutdown following a spike in racing fatalities that totaled 21 horses since opening […]

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Santa Anita Breakdowns: Your Questions, Answered

Throughout this week, our coverage of Santa Anita’s spike in equine fatalities and subsequent indefinite closure has prompted all kinds of questions, comments, and theories from readers. Some are casual followers of the sport, just trying to get a handle on what’s happening, while others are more long-term fans with questions about the underlying cause. […]

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Radar, Soil Tests Deem Santa Anita Track ‘100 Percent Ready’ For Racing, Training Thursday

Santa Anita’s one mile main track, which has been closed to training for the past two days, has been deemed “100 percent ready,” by Dr. Mick Peterson, director of the University of Kentucky’s Agricultural Equine Programs. Peterson has been evaluating soil samples from Santa Anita on a monthly basis. In addition to soil samples and […]

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Martinez, Third Generation Track Superintendent, Named To Gulfstream Park

Tony Martinez, a third generation track superintendent, has been named track superintendent at Gulfstream Park. Martinez grew up working at Del Mar, where his grandfather Manuel Martinez was the trackman for decades. Martinez has worked at Sunland Park, Zia Park and was the track superintendent at Bay Meadows at the age of 28. He and […]

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Hawthorne Cancels Portion Of Thursday Card Due To Melting Ice

Hawthorne Race Course canceled the last five races on Thursday due to unsafe track conditions. Rising temperatures started melting the underlying ice on the racetrack, causing uneven footing for the horses. After consultation between track officials and the jockeys, it was decided that, for safety’s sake, to cancel until Friday. All carryover pools from Thursday’s […]

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