Officials to Discuss Polytrack Surface at Turfway

Keeneland racetrack in Lexington, Ky., and Turfway Park in Florence, Ky., plan a joint press conference April 27 to discuss installation of the Polytrack surface, now used on Keeneland's five-eighths-mile training track, at Turfway.

Details weren't available, though officials have floated the idea of installing the synthetic material on the one-mile track at the Northern Kentucky track. Turfway president Bob Elliston couldn't be immediately reached for comment.

Officials expected to attend the 9:30 a.m. EDT press conference are Elliston; Nick Nicholson, president of Keeneland; and Martin Collins, creator of Polytrack and president of Martin Collins International.

Keeneland is a one-third owner of Turfway, along with Harrah's Entertainment and GTECH Corp.

Polytrack was installed last year at Keeneland. Officials said they wanted to observe its performance during the winter before making a decision on whether the Turfway surface should be replaced.

Turfway, which races from early December through early April, loses racing programs due to weather-related track conditions in the winter. The surface is subject to a freeze/thaw process when temperatures fluctuate.

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Tom LaMarra

Tom LaMarra, a native of New Jersey and graduate of Rutgers University, has been news editor at The Blood-Horse since 1998. After graduation he worked at newspapers in New Jersey and Pennsylvania as an editor and reporter with a focus on municipal government and politics. He also worked at Daily Racing Form and Thoroughbred Times before joining The Blood-Horse. LaMarra, who has lived in Lexington since 1994, has won various writing awards and was recognized with the Old Hilltop Award for outstanding coverage of the horse racing industry. He likes to spend some of his spare time handicapping races.

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