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Santa Anita Track Project Nears Completion

Target date is July 26, George Haines tells California Horse Racing Board.

Santa Anita's track president told the California Horse Racing Board he hoped to have the track open for training by July 26.

"We're halfway through putting the surface back on," George Haines said July 21 during the board's regular monthly meeting at Del Mar. "We're confident in the blend we have. We're well on our way ... Everything is right where we want to be."

Santa Anita has removed more than 17,000 tons of material from its main track and added sand to the surface material to reduce the clay content. The project began earlier this month.

Haines said workers are mixing the materials for the renovated surface in the Santa Anita parking lot and moving the material to the track.

Noted racetrack surface specialist Mick Peterson is participating in the project in cooperation with the CHRB.

"This was a trilateral effort with the CTT (California Thoroughbred Trainers) and Santa Anita," said Kirk Breed, the CHRB's executive director. "We're very satisfied with the progress they're making with this racetrack."

"We can't wait to see the track reopen," commented board chairman Keith Brackpool.

Haines thanked Hollywood Park for remaining open for training past the close of its spring/summer meet  during the renovation project.