Presque Isle Downs, the new Erie, Pa. track owned by MTR Gaming Group, will install Michael Dickinson’s synthetic Tapeta racing surface before its inaugural Thoroughbred meet begins Sept. 1., said Rose Mary Williams, director of racing at Mountaineer Race Track & Gaming Resort and corporate secretary for MTR Gaming Group.
“We looked at polytrack and also looked at the training centers that have Tapeta, and we believe Michael will give us the best service,” Williams said. “Also, polytrack couldn’t meet our installation schedule.”
Dickinson’s Tapeta surface primarily consists of sand, with the addition of rubber and fibers coated with hot wax. Preparation for the installation of the new track is currently underway at Presque Isle Downs.
“We have been doing a number of installations overseas and it’s very refreshing to have the chance to install so close to home,” Dickinson said. “Tapeta has proven itself in the desert at 120 degrees and in the cold at -3 degrees. In Pennsylvania’s varied temperatures, Tapeta really proves itself, and we welcome the opportunity to showcase that consistency. This installation fit nicely into our schedule and will be completed prior to the installation of Tapeta at Golden Gate later this summer.”