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Track Superintendents Talk Synthetics

With the racing industry being scrutinized in the area of track safety, the seventh annual Track Superintendent Field Day conference at Keeneland June 2-3 seemed an especially timely opportunity for questions to be answered by synthetic-track maintenance professionals from around the country.

Santa Anita's Wood to Step Down as Track Super

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Santa Anita Park announced July 12 that long-time track superintendent Steve Wood will leave his position at the Arcadia, Calif., track affective July 15 in order to devote more time to his other industry obligations.

Soggy Santa Anita Finally Dries Out

This may not be Santa Anita's soggiest start to a race meet, but you'd have a hard time convincing the track's management that it could get any wetter after 11 consecutive days of off-tracks.

Santa Anita Track Staff Barely Beats Rain

Thanks to his diligent staff and a turn of good fortune, Santa Anita track superintendent Steve Wood was able to seal the main track only minutes before a powerful rainstorm hit early Tuesday morning, nearly 24 hours before it was expected.

Moisture Said to Help Santa Anita Racing Surface

A little rain and a new approach to help retain moisture in the main track at Santa Anita Park seems to have addressed some gripes aired the week of Feb. 11 by jockeys about conditions at the Arcadia, Calif., facility.

Marsha Naify Purchases 505 Farm

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Keeping it all in the family, Marsha J. Naify, has completed the purchase of 505 Farm near Lexington, Ky. The 500-acre Thoroughbred operation has been run by the Naify Trust since the April, 2000, death of Marshall Naify, Marsha's father, who bought the farm a decade ago and raced such stakes winners as Manistique, Swept Overboard, Cliquot, Lacquaria, and David Copperfield.

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