Keyword: Polytrack

  • IFHA Focuses on Synthetic Surfaces

    Contrasting views on the future of synthetic tracks were expressed at the meeting of the International Federation of Horseracing Authorities in Paris on Oct. 6, following the Prix de L'Arc de Triomphe (Fr-I) meeting at Longchamp.

  • West Side Bernie and Stewart Elliott take the Kentucky Cup Juvenile at Turfway.

    'Bernie' Rolls Again in KY Cup Juvenile

    Lori and George Hall's West Side Bernie made it two-for-two in his career with a victory in the $100,000 Kentucky Cup Juvenile (gr. III) at Turfway Park Sept. 27 and stamped his ticket to the Breeders' Cup at Santa Anita Park.

  • Fatal Bullet leaves the rest behind as he sets a new track record in the Kentucky Cup Sprint.

    A Speeding 'Bullet' Wins KY Cup Sprint

    Bear Stables' Fatal Bullet left no questions unanswered Sept. 27 with an authoritative track-record victory in the $100,000 Kentucky Cup Sprint (gr. III) for 3-year-olds at Turfway Park and appears headed to the Breeders' Cup Sprint (gr. I) at Santa Anita Park.

  • British Race Provides Path to Derby

    Churchill Downs and Great Britain's Kempton Park Racecourse have announced a race for 3-year-old Thoroughbreds that will provide a clear path for the winner to a starting spot in the field for the 2009 running of the $2 million Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I).

  • Quarters to Race on Turfway's Polytrack

    Quarter Horses will race on the synthetic Polytrack for the first time Sept. 12 when Turfway Park hosts the $25,000 John Deere Turfway Park Sprint Stakes. The race will be part of the Friday night program of Thoroughbred racing during Turfway's late summer/early fall meet.

  • Synthetic Surfaces Discussed in New York

    A cross-section of the racing industry addressed the New York Task Force on Retired Race Horses on the subject of synthetic surfaces at a one-day forum held July 29 at the Fasig-Tipton Sales Co. pavilion in Saratoga Springs, N.Y.

  • Opening Day at Del Mar brought out the crowd.

    Del Mar Focuses On More Consistent Track

    Water, designed to keep Del Mar's Polytrack more consistent from morning to afternoon, also led to three track records opening day, July 16, at the Southern California track. The five races carded over the synthetic surface were run at four different distances, with new marks set at 5 1/2 furlongs, six furlongs and a mile.

  • Standardbred Pacers test the Polytrack at Keeneland on May 21.

    Pacers Take to Polytrack for Road Test

    Two exhibition races for Standardbred pacers were held at Keeneland the afternoon of May 21 to give the principals in a racetrack under construction in Alberta, Canada, an idea as to whether a synthetic surface can be used for both breeds.

  • Colonel John, shown schooling at Churchill Downs, has impressed Todd Pletcher.

    Pletcher Likes Big Brown, Colonel John

    Trainer Todd Pletcher doesn't have the first, second, or third choice in the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I). In fact, his horses were assigned odds of 15-1 (Monba) and 20-1 (Cowboy Cal) on the morning line. So, after giving an update on the status of his runners, Pletcher was left to confirm Rick Dutrow Jr.'s confidence in Big Brown during a May 1 press conference at Churchill Downs.

  • Rushaway Stakes winner Big Glen could spoil the Derby chances of several foes in the Lexington Stakes (gr. II).

    Big Glen Could Upset Coolmore Lexington

    For several 3-year-olds pointing toward the $325,000 Coolmore Lexington Stakes (gr. II) at Keeneland, the April 19 event offers a final chance at graded earnings and entry into the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I). But the horse whose form points to a likely win in the 1 1/16-mile event has no aspirations of making the Derby -- and he could spoil the plans of those who do when a field of 11 goes postward in the final Derby prep of the season.

  • Great Leighs at Last

    The first new racecourse to open in Britain since 1928 is finally meant to stage a race meeting, April 20, over 18 months late.Great Leighs, which has a Polytrack surface, was meant to open in October 2006 but various delays, most involving planning and construction, have occurred

  • The Jockey Club underwrote the summit where the study's numbers were released.

    Review: Racetrack Fatality Ratio Changes

    The number of catastrophic injuries on dirt tracks has gone up while the corresponding number on synthetic surfaces has gone down, according to a revision of a report first given at the March 17 Welfare and Safety of the Racehorse Summit.

  • Ventura flies by the pack to take the Vinery Madison Stakes at Keeneland.

    Ventura Aces Vinery Madison Test

    Ventura proved her affinity for Polytrack and American stakes competition when she mowed down a field of experienced contenders at Keeneland in the $200,000 Vinery Madison Stakes (gr. II) April 9.

  • Santa Anita Oaks winner Ariege (right) and Golden Doc A will renew their rivalry in the Beaumont Stakes.<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%3D3789817%26ref%3Dstory">Order This Photo</a>

    Ariege, Golden Doc A Head Beaumont

    Ariege and Golden Doc A, the one-two finishers in the Santa Anita Oaks (gr. I) March 8, will renew their rivalry in the Midwest in the $250,000 Stonerside Beaumont Stakes (gr. II) at Keeneland.

  • Dawn After Dawn should be one of the post time favorites for the Vinery Madison (gr. II) April 11 at Keeneland. <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%3D3541830%26ref%3Dstory">Order This Photo</a>

    In Vinery Madison, Gomez Likes Ventura

    Ike and Dawn Thrash's Dawn After Dawn was a solid performer in each of her four past starts, registering two wins -- one in the La Canada Stakes (gr. II) -- under jockey Garrett Gomez.

  • Keeneland Ready for Rain

    Keeneland director of racing Rogers Beasley said the racetrack is ready to open its spring meeting April 4, despite the threat of heavy rain in the area beginning April 3 and continuing through opening day. Forecasts are calling for around three inches of rain in the Central Kentucky area.

  • Todd Pletcher will send out Duke of de Buqe and Chitoz in the Lane's End, as well Holidaze in the Rushaway.

    Lane's End Contenders on Cruise Control

    Mid-morning on Turfway Park's backside March 21, Lane's End Stakes (gr. II) contenders were pulling at hay nets or dozing, blanketed against the morning chill. Horses and trainers alike are, as trainer Grant Hofmans said, "on cruise control" until March 22.

  • CHRB members John Andreini, left, Jerry Moss, John Amerman, Chairman Richard Shapiro and John Harris listen to commentary during the meeting.

    Santa Anita to Replace Surface

    Experts from all avenues of the racing industry presented statistics and opinions on synthetic surfaces and Santa Anita track president Ron Charles said the track will replace its Cushion Track as a six-hour special meeting called by the California Horse Racing Board (CHRB) concluded Feb. 20.

  • Commentary: The Right Move

    <i>By Bill Casner</i> - "No Good Deed Goes Unpunished" -- No one understands this better than Mr. Richard Shapiro and his fellow California Horse Racing Board members in the wake of the problems with Cushion Track at Santa Anita.

  • Student Council headlines the San Antonio Handicap.

    Student Council Heads San Antonio

    Millennium Farms' Student Council, back-to-back winner of the Pacific Classic (gr. I) and the Hawthorne Gold Cup (gr. II) in 2007, looks to rebound from an eighth-place finish in the Japan Cup Dirt (Jpn-I) when he heads a field of nine in the $250,000 San Antonio Handicap (gr. II) at Santa Anita Feb. 9.

  • The coveted Triple Crown Trophy has not been awarded since Affirmed claimed it in 1978.

    Ky. Derby Trail: What Foot Forward?

    It used to be so simple. Every step horses took on the Kentucky Derby trail was on good old Mother Earth. Now, we have no idea what some horses are putting their feet into.

  • Commentary: Surfaces and Shut-downs

    <i>By Morton Cathro</i> - Santa Anita's wet-weather woes flooding its synthetic track remind a dwindling number of oldtimers of the rain-soaked, not-so-grand opening a half-century ago of Golden Gate Fields and its clay-like racing surface that doomed the track to temporary oblivion.

  • 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.

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    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.

  • Mary Delaney won the April 11 Vinery Madison Stakes (gr. II) at Keeneland.

    Mary Delaney Returns to Turfway

    Mary Delaney has not been in top form since April, but a return trip to her favorite racetrack might be just what the doctor ordered, as the 4-year-old Hennessy filly looks to get back to her winning ways Dec. 1 in the $50,000 Holiday Inaugural at Turfway Park.

  • True Metropolitan (blue silks) turns for home on the way to a win in the Autumn Stakes.

    True Metropolitan Wins Autumn

    True Metropolitan entered 2007 hard-pressed to repeat the successful campaign he had a year ago, when the Proud and True gelding took home Champion Older Horse of the Year honors in Canadia by winning seven stakes events.

  • Seaside Affair Seeks Graded Win in Raven Run

    Edmund Gann's Seaside Affair tops a full field of 14 fillies entered in the Oct. 20 Lexus Raven Run Stakes (gr. II) at Keeneland. Going seven furlongs over the Polytrack, the John Sadler trainee is after her first graded win following a victory in Del Mar's Torry Pines Stakes Sept. 2.

  • UK Horse Racing Club Hosts Trainer Forum

    At a program hosted by the University of Kentucky Horse Racing Club in Lexington, five prominent trainers gave attendees a glimpse of what life was like while walking in their shoes. Called "Inside Horse Racing: the Trainer's Point of View," the Oct. 8 event featured a question-and-answer session as well as a silent auction to benefit the Maker's Mark Secretariat Center.

  • Street Sense

    Street Sense, Hard Spun Rivals in Kentucky Cup Classic

    Making final preparations for the Oct. 27 Breeders' Cup Classic (gr. I) at Monmouth Park, Jim Tafel's Street Sense and Rick Porter's Hard Spun will have a much-anticipated rematch in the Sept. 29 Kentucky Cup Classic (gr. II) over Turfway Park's Polytrack.