Keyword: synthetic

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • And They're Off: Holiday Edition (Video)

    Hosted by Lenny Shulman and Steve Haskin, "And They're Off" is a bi-monthly online video series sponsored by Darby Dan Farm. This week, Lenny and Steve present highlights from the 2008 season of "And They're Off."

  • The Pro-Ride surface at Santa Anita has attracted 26 horses from Europe to the Breeders' Cup.

    Pro-Ride Surface Attracts Europeans

    European trainers discussed the strengths of their Breeders' Cup contenders, the largest number from overseas since 1994. Several said they would not have made the trip if the main track had a dirt instead of a synthetic surface.

  • 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.