"This is a world-classs facility and the best racing in the world,. Having said that, we can't do a band-aid approach and that's exactly what we did. What we need to do is we need a first-class facility where a horse can go over there, have a fan on him, have a full stall, and good security. We lost some horses in the races today because of that facility."
Purge, winner of the Jim Dandy Stakes (gr. II) last year, was scratched from the seventh race July 27 because trainer Todd Pletcher said he had washed out. Lukas said other horses, including some of his, were affected by the conditions in the stalls on a day in which the temperature reached 90 degrees.Lukas said Folklore, who he trained to victory in the Adirondack Stakes (gr. II), was among the horses bothered by the stakes barn. He said it's not fair to the public to lead over a horse that "stood there and shook and trembled for six hours and washed out" before it got to the paddock.Hayward said the two temporary barns located near the far turn have been reconfigured. Six stalls in each barn have been removed to create an additional 500 square feet per barn.The barns have been upgraded to accommodate an electric fan for every stall, and rubber floor mats have been placed on the plywood floors to prevent horses from slipping.NYRA said the improvements were made prior to the July 29 program.
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