racing surfaces

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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Woodbine Moves Off The Turf For Weekend Due To Safety Concerns, Will Monitor For Rest Of Season

Woodbine Entertainment has an established and proud history of being one of the highest rated racetracks for safety in North America. As a National Thoroughbred Racing Association accredited facility, Woodbine Entertainment consistently makes decisions with safety being the highest of priorities. As part of that commitment to safety, we have a thorough and robust set […]

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NTRA, UK To Offer Racecourse Manager Certificate For Handling Surfaces

The NTRA Safety & Integrity Alliance and the University of Kentucky Ag Equine Programs today launched a joint initiative offering a Racecourse Manager Certification from the University of Kentucky beginning this fall. The curriculum will be designed for those already engaged in careers with racing surface maintenance crews with an eye toward stepping into leadership roles. “Horse […]

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Disaster Planning, Racing Surfaces Among Topics At Annual Welfare, Safety Summit

The eighth Welfare and Safety of the Racehorse Summit, to be held on Wednesday, June 27, 2018, at Keeneland in Lexington, Ky., will update the industry on findings in areas such as equine injury statistics and jockey safety as well as touch on other points of interest including the integrity of racing and the role of […]

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Updated Maintenance, Weather Responsible For Quicker Times On Belmont Turf

Careful observers may have noted quicker times coming off Belmont Park’s turf courses than usual, and the Daily Racing Form’s David Grening reported this week that updates to the track’s maintenance and weather patterns are likely responsible. The course record for 1 1/16 miles on the inner turf has already been broken twice, and the Widener course […]

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Belterra Park: Horsemen, Track Management To Discuss Racing Surface

Belterra Park management were set to meet with horsemen earlier on Thursday to discuss a plan to resurface the main track. According to a report in the Blood-Horse, on May 8, officials canceled the last four races on the card after three horses fell/broke down in two separate races earlier on the card. Thursday’s racing program was canceled earlier in […]

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