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  • Racing Surfaces Testing Laboratory executive director Mick Peterson moderating the Surfaces Panel at the Welfare and Safety of the Racehorse Summit.

    Using Information to Improve Track Surfaces

    Mick Peterson would like to see more tracks document information on their racing surfaces and coordinate that information with data from the Equine Injury Database to improve safety for horses and riders.

  • Pedigree Says 'Toast' Should Handle Dirt

    One of the many questions surrounding the Breeders' Cup Classic (gr. I) is whether the European-trained Toast of New York, a top-class synthetic specialist, will be as effective on dirt.

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    Keeneland Handle Improves Saturday, Sunday

    The opening weekend at Keeneland, which marked a return to a dirt racing main track for the first time since the spring of 2006, saw steady attendance and on-track wagering but total handle declined 5.7%.

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    The Dirt on Keeneland Opening Day Numbers

    With sporadic rain showers throughout the day for Keeneland's fall meet opener Friday, which also marked the return to dirt for the Lexington track, attendance and handle figures were down compared with last year.

  • With Dirt, Keeneland Reaching for the Stars

    With its return to dirt racing this fall, Keeneland hopes to hear that greeting--cue Eric Clapton--from more horsemen interested in prepping their top starters for main-track races in this year's Breeders' Cup.

  • Horse Racing at Keeneland

    Keeneland Names New Track Superintendent

    Javier Barajas, a veteran trackman with international experience managing dirt, turf and synthetic surfaces, has been named track superintendent for Keeneland, officials at the Lexington oval announced Aug. 5.

  • Vyjack wins the 2013 Gotham.

    Equine Fatal Injury Rate is Steady in 2012

    According to a March 8 Jockey Club release based on information collected in the Equine Injury Database, fatal breakdowns in North American Thoroughbred races stayed about the same in 2012 at just under two per 1,000 starts.

  • Derby Threat: Soldat

    A winner on turf, dirt, and slop, Fountain of Youth (gr. II) winner Soldat has versatility on his side.

  • Some Real Dirt

    One thing we do know is the synthetic surface installed at Santa Anita has been a mess from the start and has seen more facelifts than Joan Rivers.

  • Quiet Royal, 5-for-19 over turf, tries dirt for first time  in the Stage Door Betty Handicap.

    'Quiet' May Steal Stage Door Betty

    Making her first attempt over dirt after 19 career starts on the turf, the Todd Pletcher-trained Quiet Royal gets a light impost and looks to steal the Dec. 29 Stage Door Betty Handicap (gr. III) at Calder Race Course.

  • Ray Paulick<br>Editor-in-Chief

    Turf History

    <i>By Ray Paulick</i> -- Older horses have more opportunities to win a grade I race on turf than they do on dirt in the U.S.