(Edited press release)
The Dubai Racing Club announced that a Tapeta synthetic surface has been selected for the new training track at Meydan.
The landmark horseracing development, which will officially open for the 2010 Dubai World Cup (UAE-I), has plans to develop an 1800 meter training track.
"Safety of the animal was paramount in our selection, and experience points to synthetic training and racing tracks reducing the number of injuries and prolonging the careers of the racehorse,” said Frank Gabriel Jr., CEO of the Dubai Racing Club.
"We looked at all of the all weather surfaces around the world, and while we recognized that each is very beneficial to the horse, we decided to go with Tapeta. We believe it is the best choice for our environment and racing program."
Michael Dickinson, creator of Tapeta said, "Obviously we are delighted. It is a huge honor for Tapeta, and we are very proud that we will be a small part in the most innovative and creative project racing has ever seen.
"We believe that the Tapeta surface will provide international horses and trainers a seamless transition from any other type of training or racing surface."
Golden Gate Fields began using Tapeta for racing last fall. The surface also been installed at Pennsylvania’s Presque Isle Downs, as well as training centers in Maryland, Pennsylvania, England, and Korea.