August 01, 2010
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July 23, 2010
Del Mar canceled training on its main track the morning of July 22, when it was determined that there had been some separation of its Polytrack materials in the stretch area that caused some inconsistencies in the surface makeup.... Read More
February 14, 2010
When it comes to issues affecting California racing, nothing supersedes track surfaces. While panelists at the Thoroughbred Owners of California (TOC) summit meeting Feb. 13 at Santa Anita first spoke about the failing economic model of the sta... Read More
November 30, 2009
Want to see an example of less-than-stellar drainage? Check out your own horse barn. One of the most important concerns for a building site is water drainage, which includes water flowing to the building site as well as water moving away from the ... Read More
August 28, 2009
A necropsy report presented to the California Horse Racing Board (CHRB) Aug. 27 at Del Mar tends to support trainers who complain that synthetic tracks lead to more hind limb injuries.
In 2008, 19 Thoroughbreds from a total of 111 that died... Read More
August 17, 2009
Surfacing Resources, LLC, a leading supplier and installer of quality rubber flooring for the equine industry, is proud to announce the addition of Red Barn mats to our product line.
Red Barn has manufactured high quality, 100%... Read More
June 28, 2009
Most farmers can identify with myriad problems associated with mud forming around high-traffic areas, including areas around horse and cattle waterers, feed bunks, round bale feeders, walk paths, and gate entrances. Mud is usually a result of... Read More
June 15, 2009
State-of-the-art track maintenance equipment in use for less than two weeks on Arlington's Polytrack course has already led to positive feedback from local horsemen.
"I haven't heard any criticism at all," said Tony Petrillo, Arlington's... Read More
May 15, 2009
More than 1,250 readers of TheHorse.com responded to a poll asking, "What kind of footing does your riding are... Read More
April 14, 2009
What type of impact do various terrains actually have on the health of a horse's hooves and legs? French researchers are using a highly sensitive 3-D dynamometric shoe and other instruments to give unprecedented insight into the biomechanical... Read More
March 16, 2009
Until now, most epidemiologic studies on track surface type and injury rates have been confounded by varying conditions at different track locations, said Setterbo. He presented the results of a study conducted at a single racecourse... Read More
January 28, 2009
Ice is an unavoidable part of winter in many parts of the world, but there are ways to minimize slipping incidents around the barn.
Heather Sherratt knows something about keeping horses in icy conditions. Her farm, Elphin Mountain... Read More
January 08, 2009
About 40 Southern California-based trainers met with Pro-Ride head Ian Pearse Jan. 7 at Santa Anita Park to voice their concerns over the condition of Santa Anita's synthetic racing surface, which Pearse installed a year ago.
Unlike meeting... Read More
October 30, 2008
The federal lawsuit against Cushion Track and affiliates over the former synthetic racing surface at Santa Anita Park is geared to go forward after a judge recently denied most of the defendants' request for dismissal.
U.S. District Judge... Read More
October 28, 2008
Though champion Curlin may not have handled the synthetic racing surface as well as some of his European rivals did in the $5-million Breeders' Cup Classic, Santa Anita Park's Pro-Ride racing surface performed safely during the two-day World... Read More
October 07, 2008
Contrasting views on the future of synthetic tracks were expressed at the meeting of the International Federation of Horseracing Authorities in Paris on Oct. 6, following the Prix de L'Arc de Triomphe meeting at Longchamp.
British opinion,... Read More
September 02, 2008
Horses are back in training, with several galloping, on Santa Anita's newly reconstituted racing surface Aug. 31. Most of the Southern California horses have not yet returned from Del Mar, so few horses are currently housed at Santa Anita.... Read More
August 30, 2008
Live racing and training at Hollywood Casino at Penn National Race Course will be suspended following the Sept. 20 racing program for a resurfacing project of the entire racetrack cushion. The unexpected shutdown of the Pennsylvania racetrack is... Read More
August 17, 2008
Like a sieve. That's how riders are describing the footing and underlying drainage system at the main competition arena at the Hong Kong Jockey Club's Sha Tin Racecourse. To handle the massive rains that inundate this part of the world on a... Read More
August 03, 2008
Large piles of material dot Santa Anita's backside parking lot, as work continues on the overhaul of the track's synthetic surface. Repairs to the drainage system are expected to be finished soon, with the next step being the placement of the... Read More
July 30, 2008
A cross-section of the racing industry addressed the New York Task Force on Retired Race Horses on the subject of synthetic surfaces at a one-day forum held July 29 at the Fasig-Tipton Sales Co. pavilion in Saratoga Springs, N.Y.
Sixteen... Read More
July 12, 2008
When the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games take place at the Kentucky Horse Park in 2010, horses and riders will compete on a new state-of-the-art surface that is being installed by the German company that developed it.
The Outdoo... Read More
July 01, 2008
Go green with your farm to make your horses healthier and the environment cleaner.... Read More
June 04, 2008
On the second day of the Track Superintendent Field Day at Keeneland June 3, the focus was turned toward dirt tracks, as a panel of six superintendents from across the nation talked about various methods used on the surfaces.
Jerry Porcelli... Read More
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