"We are confident that Ken's proven track record in maintaining a quality racetrack surface will result in optimum track conditions and restore the confidence of our racing fans, horsemen, and jockeys," said chief operating officer Bill Fasy. When training resumed Tuesday morning, it was obvious a lot of progress had been made."The track this morning was absolutely beautiful," said Bessie Gruwell, executive director of the Delaware Thoroughbred Horsemen's Association. "They had worked on it all day yesterday and I have heard nothing but good things about it, from jockeys to exercise riders."Gruwell said that there were "inconsistencies" with the former surface that the DTHA had addressed with management, who worked quickly to solve the problem.Jockey William Hollick, Jr., who rode on Sunday's abbreviated card, was aboard several horses Tuesday morning.
"It's still very deep," said Hollick. "The difference is on Sunday, the surface was very firm towards the rail, and got really deep on the outside. It was very dangerous, especially if your horse was racing in between the two areas. Today, they've still got some work to do to get the surface to the way we'd (the jockeys) like it, but we should be okay."Earlier this year, concerns about the turf course were also made known to management, which delayed the start of turf racing until June 11. In years past, turf racing at Delaware had begun on Memorial Day weekend. Weed killer had been applied to the course last fall, resulting in damage to the grass. This spring, the damaged portions were re-seeded.