racing surfaces

Woodbine Considering Possible Surface Change for Main Track

Officials at Woodbine have indicated that in addition to planned maintenance and improvements to the main track surface beginning in September, they also will be analyzing the main track and will be considering possible alternatives. The Daily Racing Form reports that in addition to the planned improvements, which would be done on dark days, officials […]

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Meydan Racecourse to Replace Tapeta Surface With Traditional Dirt

The Board of Directors of the Meydan Group have decided that the synthetic racing surface, installed for the opening of the racecourse in 2010, will be replaced with a traditional dirt track. The track will be ready for the opening of the 2014-15 racing season. Saeed H. Al Tayer, Chairman and CEO of the Meydan […]

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Database: Still ‘Significantly Fewer’ Fatal Injuries Associated With Synthetics

The Jockey Club today released the fatality statistics collected from the Equine Injury Database for the five-year period from 2009 to 2013. The prevalence of race-related fatal injury for the timeframe from January 1, 2009, through December 31, 2013, was 1.91 per 1,000 starts. The data was based on analysis of 1,871,522 starts. For 2013, […]

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Report: Del Mar Returning to Dirt Track in 2015

Del Mar Thoroughbred Club, which is in the midst of installing a new, wider turf course, will also install a dirt track, replacing its current synthetic surface, according to a report in the Daily Racing Form. Plans call for the installation to be completed in time for the 2015 summer meet. Del Mar Thoroughbred Club’s […]

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Hollywood Park Track Superintendent Moore Takes Santa Anita Post

Santa Anita Park has announced that highly respected trackman Dennis Moore will take over duties as track superintendent effective immediately.  Moore has built and maintained track surfaces the world-over for the past 40 years and is currently in charge of main tracks at both Betfair Hollywood Park and at Los Alamitos Racecourse. “We have so […]

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Australian Official: Synthetic Surfaces ‘Serve an Important Role’

A recent Paulick Report post pointed out the controversial decision by one Australian racetrack to revert a taxpayer-funded synthetic track back to turf.  We received this response from the CEO of Tasracing, who writes that the situation at Clifford Park in Toowoomba is a unique one and not indicative of the overall view of synthetic […]

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Gulfstream Overhauls Surface for Better Drainage

In preparation for the inevitable torrential downpours during its initial summer racing season, Gulfstream Park completed a $1 million construction project to strengthen the main track’s drainage system in time for the return of live Thoroughbred racing on Tuesday, June 25. Designed to help move and drain water faster off the racing surface, a gutter […]

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‘Starting with the surface’: Making racing safer for horses

The spotlight of the racing world will be on Santa Anita on Friday and Saturday as several of the world’s best horses take the stage in the Breeders’ Cup. “One hundred and eighty horses have been pre-entered, in the 15 races, and if Dr. Mick Peterson has anything to say about it, they’ll all come […]

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Santa Anita: Renovated surface gets first racing test Friday

Santa Anita’s fall meet opens Friday, and not surprisingly given recent history, the dirt track is a big topic of conversation.  Santa Anita has re-engineered the surface after problems with the newly-installed dirt earlier this year.  Daily Racing Form writes: “Early indications are they got it right this time. “It looks excellent, the consensus has […]

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