Keyword: synthetic surfaces

  • 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.

  • Michael Dickinson's synthetic-surface company Tapeta Footings has been issued a Coastal Zone Act permit to operate a new manufacturing facility in New Castle, Del.

    Tapeta Gets Production Facility Permit

    Delaware environmental secretary John Hughes has issued a Coastal Zone Act permit to Michael Dickinson's synthetic-surface company Tapeta Footings to operate a new manufacturing facility in New Castle, Del.

  • Caution Urged on Steroid Regulation

    An authority on drug testing who has worked with the United States Olympic Committee and is now advising the horse racing industry has urged caution on efforts to regulate anabolic steroids.

  • Warren Williamson, owner of Nashoba's Key

    Williamson Named Top California Owner

    Warren Williamson was voted owner of the year, and his racemare Nashoba's Key was chosen horse of the year, in the Thoroughbred of California's annual owner awards selection.

  • 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.

  • Market Said to Be Big Factor for BC

    The Los Angeles media market and its attractiveness to sponsors played a key role in the decision by Breeders' Cup to tab Santa Anita Park as a host site for two consecutive years, Breeders' Cup president Greg Avioli said.

  • Sanata Anita

    Santa Anita Tabbed as 2009 BC Host

    The Breeders' Cup World Championships will be held in 2009 at Santa Anita Park, the California racetrack that will serve as this year's host. It marks the first time the event will be held at the same host site two years in a row.

  • Golden Gate Fields

    Tapeta Gives Golden Gate a Boost

    Golden Gate Fields experienced an increase in all-sources handle and a decrease in catastrophic injuries during its first meet with a synthetic surface.

  • In Summation wins the Palos Verdes Handicap.

    In Summation Sharp in Palos Verdes

    Waterford Stable's In Summation again showed his affinity for synthetic surfaces with a game and blazing victory in the $150,000 Palos Verdes Handicap (gr. II) for 4-year-olds and up at Santa Anita Park Jan. 21.

  • A liquid binder could be the cure for Santa Anita's ailing Cushion Track.

    Additive May Aid Santa Anita Track

    Synthetic material that includes a liquid binder will be added to Santa Anita Park's main surface in an effort to improve drainage, the Southern California racetrack announced Jan. 15.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Breeders' Cup Expansion on Agenda

    The Breeders' Cup board of directors will discuss international participation in the World Championships, new races, and potential host sites for 2009 during its Dec. 7 meeting.

  • Horses have begun training over the all-weather SAFETRACK surface at OBS.

    OBS Unveils Synthetic Surface

    Ocala Breeders' Sale Co., which recently completed the conversion of its one-mile dirt racetrack to an all-weather SAFETRACK surface, had its first horses work over the new track Nov. 16.

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    Miss Macy Sue Masters Tapeta at Presque Isle

    Miss Macy Sue most likely stamped her ticket to the Breeders' Cup World Championships with a convincing victory in the Sept. 15 Presque Isle Downs Masters Stakes, centerpiece of the inaugural meet at the track near Erie, Pa.

  • Commentary: Dirt Racing's Demise?

    <i>By Tanya Gunther</i> - It is impossible to put my head in the sand and ignore the demise of dirt racing's dramatic impact on the sport.

  • Ray Paulick&lt;br&gt;Editor-in-Chief

    Spanning the Globe

    <em>Ray Paulick</em> - It's difficult to get away from talk of synthetic surfaces, whether it concerns racing in North America, Asia, Europe, or Dubai.

  • Empire Racing Releases New York Safety Plan

    Empire Racing Associates, a finalist for New York's Thoroughbred racing franchise, on Nov. 27 released a plan addressing measures designed to improve racing and training safety.

  • 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.

  • NJSEA Officials Exploring Dual-Breed Synthetic Surface

    Members of the New Jersey Sports and Exposition Authority racing team, as well as two trainers, visited Tapeta Farm in Maryland recently to review a synthetic racing surface with the inventor of Tapeta, trainer Michael Dickinson.

  • 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.

  • Installion of Polytrack continued Thursday at Keeneland.

    Polytrack Projects Continue at Turfway, Keeneland

    Racing surface projects continued Aug. 24 at two Kentucky tracks, with a new mix of materials being placed on top of the Polytrack at Turfway Park, and construction crews laying the asphalt layer for the new Polytrack that will debut at Keeneland in October.

  • CHRB Looks at Safety, Out-of-Competition Testing

    The California Horse Racing Board is studying ways to promote the health of racehorses and reduce on-track injuries, as well as implement a plan for out-of-competition testing.

  • Group Studies Synthetic Racing Surfaces for New York

    A fledgling group of owners and breeders in New York has launched a new effort to study a variety of issues affecting the safety of Thoroughbred horses, including whether some of the state's racetracks should install alternative racing surfaces.