synthetic surface

Addressing Racing Surfaces: Consistency Is Key

As the Thoroughbred industry continues to work toward improved equine safety, experts say the key for best surface safety is consistency, which can be tough to achieve. Dr. Mick Peterson and Dr. Wayne McIlwraith recently addressed racing surfaces in a letter to the editor of the Thoroughbred Daily News. They noted that while the safety […]

Continue reading
Synthetic Surface Gets Thumbs Down in Australia

Australian taxpayers shelled out $20 million for an artificial surface at Clifford Park in Toowoomba four years ago, and will now be paying $7 million to switch back to grass. The Racing Queensland board pushed for switch to synthetic in hopes it would be easier to manage during droughts, but now officials say the decision […]

Continue reading
Shanklin: It’s Time To Admit It—Synthetic Is Safer

According to a recent post on his blog, Horse Racing Business, Bill Shanklin believes that after four years’ worth of data-gathering from the Jockey Club’s Equine Injury Database, the numbers are clear: synthetic is a safer surface. Shanklin notes that the mortality rate per-thousand starts for dirt surfaces in the last four years was 2.08, […]

Continue reading
LA Times: Santa Anita leads CA tracks in horse racing deaths

Alan Zarembo reports in the Los Angeles Times that, according to state statistics, horses died while racing at Santa Anita at more than double the rate of those at the state’s other three major thoroughbred tracks last year.  Santa Anita returned to a dirt surface in 2010 after three years using a synthetic track, and […]

Continue reading
Michael Dickinson: American punters are small fry compared to other parts of the world

Synthetic tracks have certainly had their hardcore supporters and detractors but one surface seems to get more positive press or less negative press depending on how you look at it. Michael Dickinson is the creator of the Tapeta surface which was most famously installed at the Meydan Racetrack in Dubai but also has a home […]

Continue reading
Problems continue with Santa Anita main track; eighth horse vanned off in eight programs

Santa Anita’s main track surfaces problems didn’t go away with the synthetic material that was replaced by a blend of 90% sand and 10% clay in time for the current winter/spring meeting. Training was curtailed on Thursday morning when a section of the new dirt track (in the shadow of the clubhouse) wasn’t draining properly […]

Continue reading
SANTA ANITA TO RETURN TO NATURAL DIRT SURFACE, SYNTHETIC REMOVAL TO BEGIN OCT. 11

PRESS RELEASE Santa Anita officials announced on Tuesday that construction will begin on a new all-natural dirt main track on Oct. 11.  Crews will begin removing the existing synthetic material at that time and it is estimated the track will be ready for training by Dec. 6, with Santa Anita’s traditional winter/spring meeting set to […]

Continue reading
TOBA STUDY: SYNTHETIC STANDS FOR SAFETY

By Ray Paulick An examination of 444,848 North American starts by Thoroughbreds in 2009 demonstrated that races on engineered all-weather surfaces led to a lower percentage of career-ending incidents than races on conventional dirt or turf courses. Among other things, the study also confirmed that races on sloppy or muddy racetracks led to a higher […]

Continue reading
KONNICHIWA…THE PAULICK REPORT GOES TO TOKYO

By Ray Paulick I knew I wasn’t in Kentucky anymore when I went out for an early morning walk and came across a group of about 20 people standing at a nearby intersection. It was only a two-lane road, and there wasn’t a car in sight in any direction, yet everyone stood patiently for what […]

Continue reading
A MATTER OF PRINCIPLE

The following opinion piece on the Breeders’ Cup and the suggestion fans consider skipping the Friday “Ladies Day” program and that Jess Jackson run Curlin in the Breeders’ Cup Turf was submitted to the Paulick Report by a longtime California racing fan and an omnipresent online contributor who goes by the pseudonym  Indulto. His guest editorials […]

Continue reading
Twitter Twitter
Paulick Report on Instagram