Keyword: Cushion Track

  • Racing resumed at Santa Anita on Jan. 10th, but Santa Anita officials have delayed a decision regarding whether to replace its synthetic racing surface.

    Santa Anita Delays Surface Decision

    Santa Anita officials, considering re-installing a dirt racing surface, have delayed a decision regarding whether to replace its synthetic track, which is plagued by continual drainage problems.

  • After the drainage problems with the Santa Anita Cushion Track, the CHRB OKs some or all of Santa Anita's dates to be run at Hollywood Park.

    Surface Switch: Going Hollywood?

    The California Horse Racing Board, meeting in a brief emergency session by teleconference Jan. 8 following Santa Anita's canceled weekend Jan. 5-7, cleared the way for the Los Angeles Turf Club to move some or all of the 2008 winter/spring racing dates to Hollywood Park.

  • Racing was canceled once again at Santa Anita Park Jan. 6.

    Santa Anita Cancels Jan. 6 Program

    For the second straight day, Santa Anita Park officials canceled racing Jan. 6 due to concerns about the condition of the synthetic racing surface after recent heavy rainfall.

  • Racing was canceled once again at Santa Anita Park Jan. 6.

    Rain Shuts Down Santa Anita Racing

    Santa Anita canceled racing Jan. 5, because the new Cushion Track is not draining properly. The track did an extensive renovation last month that was supposed to fix this problem. Five inches of rain have fallen, according to officials. More is expected tonight and could affect racing for the entire weekend.

  • The Cushion Track at Santa Anita.

    Santa Anita Track Dilemma Not Over

    Knee deep in controversy over drainage problems with Santa Anita's new synthetic racetrack and heavy rainfall expected this week, the company that installed the surface has acknowledged that the issue remains unresolved.

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    In Summation Takes El Conejo H.

    Waterford Stable's In Summation stalked a three-horse speed duel in a five-horse field and blew by late to win the Jan. 1 El Conejo Handicap (gr. III) in track-record time for 5 1/2 furlongs at Santa Anita Park.

  • The renovated Cushion Track at Santa Anita Park.

    Santa Anita Opens and Records Fall

    The renovated Cushion Track at Santa Anita Park produced a track record at seven furlongs in the second race of the opening day card on Dec. 26. Bob Black Jack hit the wire in 1:20.37, .53 seconds faster than the previous mark set during the fall Oak Tree Association meet. While new surfaces always mean new records, the previous dirt record for seven furlongs set by Spectacular Bid in 1980 was 1:20.

  • Greg's Gold, winner of the Pat O'brien (gr. II), faces Cal-breds in Saturday's On Trust Handicap.

    Greg's Gold Favored for On Trust

    Grade I winner Greg's Gold seeks his fourth victory of the season, but the 6-year-old gelding will have to carry top weight and deal with red-hot Unusual Suspect, a winner in three of his last four starts, in the $100,000 On Trust Handicap Dec. 22 at Hollywood Park.

  • Santa Anita Park's Cushion Track is set to re-open for training on Dec. 22.

    Horses Set to Work at Santa Anita

    Horses are expected to return to training on the main Santa Anita Park racing surface Dec. 22 following a renovation of the Cushion Track to fix a drainage problem.

  • Unbeaten Massive Drama heads a field of 14 in the CashCall Futurity.<br><a target="blank" href="http://www.bloodhorse.com/horse-racing/photo-store?ref=http%3A%2F%2Fpictopia.com%2Fperl%2Fgal%3Fprovider_id%3D368%26ptp_photo_id%3D2844014%26ref%3Dstory">Order This Photo</a>

    'Drama' Tops CashCall Futurity

    The top three finishers from the Hollywood Prevue Stakes (gr. III), led by the unbeaten Massive Drama, will meet again in the Dec. 22 CashCall Futurity (gr. I) at Hollywood Park.

  • Santa Anita Park opens December 26.

    Santa Anita Hoping to Beat the Rain

    Santa Anita Park's renovation of its Cushion Track to improve drainage encountered further delays as rain threatened the Southern California area, but track president Ron Charles said Dec. 16 horses could be back training by Dec. 19.

  • Horses break from the gate on the Polytrack at Del Mar

    Synthetic Surfaces: Special Report

    Perhaps no other sport is as bound to tradition as racing Thoroughbreds. From the sheer length of its history, to the grand old venues in which it takes place, to the top-hatted and red-suited bugler calling the horses to post, racing loves its time-honored habits.

  • Dan LiebmanEditor-in-Chief

    Commentary: Step Lively

    <i>By - Dan Liebman</i> - In 2007, at least one Thoroughbred flat race was run at 129 different racetracks in North America (another 24 ran steeplechase races only). Of those racetracks, nine now have a synthetic track surface.

  • Pat O&#39;Brien winner Greg&#39;s Gold headlines the Vernon Underwood Stakes.

    Greg's Gold Looks to Rebound

    Already with a stakes win over the Hollywood Cushion Track this year, Greg's Gold will try to put a disappointing Breeders' Cup behind him when he faces five rivals in the $100,000 Vernon Underwood Stakes (gr. III) Dec. 2, a six-furlong sprint for 3-year-olds and up.

  • Oak Tree Meet Posts Sizable Gains in Handle, Field Size

    With strong out-of-state business leading the way, the Oak Tree Racing Association meet, which ended Nov. 4, posted significant gains in all sources mutuel handle over last year's figures. Out-of-state average daily handle was up 18% over last year and average daily total handle for the meet was up 9%.

  • Buzzards Bay Back in Form in Oak Tree Feature

    Gary Broad's Buzzards Bay, unable to make the Breeders' Cup Classic due to an illness incurred during the recent Del Mar meet, demonstrated his class at Santa Anita Oct. 19 when he bested Siren Lure in Oak Tree's $54,000 allowance feature.

  • Hollywood Park&#39;s Cushion Track, which has been selected for the new surface at Santa Anita.

    MEC Selects Cushion Track for Santa Anita

    After much deliberation, Santa Anita has chosen Cushion Track, the same surface as at Hollywood Park, for its synthetic track, it was announced May 23. The all-weather surface is to be installed this summer in time for the fall Oak Tree Racing Association meeting.

  • Lingfield's Winter Derby Winner to be Invited to Gold Cup

    In an agreement with Lingfield Park Racecourse in Surrey, England, Hollywood Park will issue an invitation to the winner of the 2007 Winter Derby (Eng-III) to participate in the 68th running of the $750,000 Hollywood Gold Cup (gr. I) on June 30.

  • Bay Meadows May Defer Synthetic Track Decision

    Bay Meadows Race Course, long rumored to be facing demolition in favor of redevelopment plans approved by the city of San Mateo, may seek an exemption from a California Horse Racing Board mandate to replace its existing dirt track with an artificial one by the end of 2007.

  • Hollywood Races Sunday After Addressing Cushion Track Complaints

    Hollywood Park planned to conduct a full card of racing on its Cushion Track Sunday, one day after jockeys complained late in the day about "waves," or clumps of synthetic material, that a track official said were caused by problems with the equipment used to maintain the new surface.

  • Biancone String Arrives at Hollywood Park

    Patrick Biancone is among five Eastern trainers planning to stable at Hollywood Park for the track's autumn meet when a division of 16 horses arrived Nov. 2.

  • Cushion Track Praised as Hollywood Opens

    California horsemen, who have been nearly unanimous in their praise of the new Hollywood surface in recent weeks of training, continued to give Cushion Track a thumbs up after the first day of racing at the fall meeting.

  • New 'Cushion Track' Attracts Out-of-Towners

    Hollywood Park, which will debut its Cushion Track for racing when its fall meet begins Nov. 1, is expecting some out-of-town trainers to send horses after the Nov. 4 Breeders' Cup World Championships at Churchill Downs.

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    Lava Man Ships Early, Settles in at Keeneland

    After shipping into Kentucky Oct. 10, the California-based Lava Man is adjusting well to his new surroundings at Keeneland Race Course as he preps for the $5- million Breeders' Cup Classic - Powered by Dodge (gr. I) at Churchill Downs Nov. 4. According to trainer Doug O'Neill, the 5-year-old gelding settled in without a problem and is galloping daily over Keeneland's new Polytrack synthetic surface.

  • Arthur Tells Breeders He Wants Vets Accountable

    Dr. Rick Arthur, the new equine medical director of the California Horse Racing Board, told a meeting of state horse breeders Sept. 22 that he plans to hold veterinarians accountable when trainers they advise are found in violation of horse medication rules.

  • Hollywood Park to Install Synthetic Surface

    Hollywood Park expects to be the first California racetrack to run on a synthetic-racing surface. The Inglewood facility announced June 21 that it will begin work with Equestrian Surfaces of the United Kingdom to replace the existing main track at the conclusion of the spring/summer meet on July 16.