New Pennsylvania Track to Install Tapeta Surface

Presque Isle Downs, the new Erie, Pa. track owned by MTR Gaming Group, will install Michael Dickinson's synthetic Tapeta racing surface before its inaugural Thoroughbred meet begins Sept. 1., said Rose Mary Williams, director of racing at Mountaineer Race Track & Gaming Resort and corporate secretary for MTR Gaming Group.

"We looked at polytrack and also looked at the training centers that have Tapeta, and we believe Michael will give us the best service," Williams said. "Also, polytrack couldn't meet our installation schedule."

Dickinson's Tapeta surface primarily consists of sand, with the addition of rubber and fibers coated with hot wax. Preparation for the installation of the new track is currently underway at Presque Isle Downs.

"We have been doing a number of installations overseas and it's very refreshing to have the chance to install so close to home," Dickinson said. "Tapeta has proven itself in the desert at 120 degrees and in the cold at -3 degrees. In Pennsylvania's varied temperatures, Tapeta really proves itself, and we welcome the opportunity to showcase that consistency. This installation fit nicely into our schedule and will be completed prior to the installation of Tapeta at Golden Gate later this summer."

(Originally published at

About the Author

Claire Novak

Winner of the 2011 Eclipse Award for Feature/Commentary and the 2008 Louisville Metro Journalism Award for Sports Writing, Claire Novak has melded her love for human-interest journalism and the equine breed into a successful Turf writing career. Since her first freelance article on racing was published at in 2005, her byline has appeared in the New York Times, ESPN The Magazine, and on, among others. She lives near Lexington and, when not writing about racing, can often be found jumping her Thoroughbred, Bob.

Stay on top of the most recent Horse Health news with FREE weekly newsletters from Learn More

Free Newsletters

Sign up for the latest in:

From our partners