racing surfaces

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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Training Begins On Woodbine’s New Tapeta Surface

Training on Woodbine’s brand new Tapeta main track commenced on Friday morning with 17 horses recording timed workouts over the cushion installed following the 2015 meet. “We’ve had great feedback this morning from horsepeople after our first full training session over the Tapeta,” said Jim Lawson, CEO of Woodbine Entertainment Group. “It’s important for us […]

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Racing Commission Votes For Evaluation Of Charles Town’s Surface

Hollywood Casino at Charles Town Races had to shut down racing on Jan. 9 in order to repair a small hole in the track surface. Near the outside rail, “no horse would ever come close to running over it during a race,” said vice president Erich Zimny, according to the Blood Horse. A six-by-four foot section […]

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Dickinson Sues Keeneland: Alleges ‘Sham Corporation,’ Failure To Pay

Trainer Michael Dickinson has sued Keeneland Association in an attempt to collect $395,874.18 a federal judge ruled Dickinson is owed by Martin Collins Surfaces & Footings, the company that manufactured and sold the synthetic racing surface known as Polytrack and alleged in the lawsuit to be the “alter ego and sham corporation” of Keeneland, the […]

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Study Examines Effect Of Shoes, Track Moisture On Safety

Trainers have long believed that adjusting their horses’ shoe type to match an upcoming race is a key element to maintaining safety and good performance. A recent study by researchers at the Racing Surfaces Testing Laboratory in Orono, Maine suggests that shoes may not play the role they have been credited with. Researchers used a […]

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Surface Matters: Confidence in Santa Anita’s Track Safety and Fairness

One cloud that seemed to hang over the 2013 Breeders’ Cup was concern about a perceived bias and the overall safety of Santa Anita’s dirt track. It appeared to many that the surface favored speed to the extreme, especially early on, and that the track could have played a role in incidents like the fatal breakdown of […]

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