racing surfaces

Hovdey: Surface change the only constant in California

In reflecting on the Pacific Classic results, the Daily Racing Form’s Jay Hovdey points out how difficult it’s been for California runners to get a grip – so to speak – on the national scene because the constantly-changing surface conditions at Southern California tracks make their true form difficult to assess.  Hovdey writes: “Unfortunately, the […]

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Racing Surfaces Committee publishes scientific white paper

Press Release: The Racing Surfaces Committee that was formed at the inaugural Welfare and Safety of the Racehorse Summit in 2006 has published a 34-page “Racing Surfaces White Paper” that details the current state ofknowledge pertaining to training and racing surfaces. The document, drafted as a collection of published scientific papers and data, was co-authored […]

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Dubai WC: Safe, level playing field the priority

The man who designed the synthetic Tapeta track at Meydan racecourse, Michael Dickinson, says safety is the number one concern for Saturday’s Dubai World Cup.  After that, it’s a fair and level track. “The world comes here and everyone thinks they have the best horse so we hope this resolves some of these disputes — […]

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Trainers happy with Santa Anita dirt; Del Mar next?

So far, California trainers say they are pleased with Santa Anita’s new dirt surface. Trainer Gary Stute is among them: ” I know it’s still early yet, but I thought my horses handled it a lot better than they have the synthetics.“ If Santa Anita’s switch continues to go well, the question remains – will […]

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