Polytrack Debuts Successfully at Del Mar

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Trainer T.R. (Ray) Bell II and jockey Jon Court had never received so much attention for capturing a maiden event as they did when Special Smoke became the first horse to win a race over Del Mar's new Polytrack racing surface July 18.

"I had a very optimistic view of it going in," Bell said of the synthetic surface. "I think it played true."

Betty and Robert G. Irvin's Special Smoke

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