Readers Comment on Riding Surfaces

May 15, 2009

More than 1,250 readers of responded to a poll asking, "What kind of footing does your riding are... Read More


Surface Safety, Step By Step

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


Synthetic Racetrack Surfaces vs. Dirt and Turf (AAEP 2008)

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


Managing Horses in Icy Conditions

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


Trainers Voice Santa Anita Surface Concerns

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


Santa Anita Footing Lawsuit Dismissal Denied

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


Breeders' Cup Trainers Weigh in on Artificial Surfaces

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


International Racing Group Focuses on Synthetic Surfaces

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


Santa Anita Track Open after Surface Overhaul

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


Penn National to Suspend Racing for Track Resurfacing Project

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


Olympic Riders Give Footing Rave Reviews

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


Santa Anita Surface Overhaul in Progress

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


Synthetic Track Surfaces Discussed in New York

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


State-of-the-Art Footing to be Installed at the Kentucky Horse Park

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


The Eco-Friendly Farm

July 01, 2008

Go green with your farm to make your horses healthier and the environment cleaner.... Read More


Track Superintendents Say Don't Diss Dirt

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


Track Superintendents Talk Synthetics

June 03, 2008

With track safety being one area of the racing industry under scrutiny, the seventh annual Track Superintendent Field Day conference at Keeneland June 2-3 seemed an especially timely opportunity for questions to be answered by synthetic-track... Read More


Farm Equipment for Large and Small Facilities

June 01, 2008

From tried and true to novel and exciting, these are the products, services, and techniques that our experts are recommending to facilitate equine management.... Read More


Suit Filed Against Santa Anita Footing Supplier

May 29, 2008

The operator of Santa Anita Park has filed a federal lawsuit against the original supplier of its troubled synthetic racing surface, claiming it has suffered at least $8.4 million in damages from improper installation and repair.

The Los... Read More


Santa Anita to Conduct Flood Test on New Track Surface

May 25, 2008

A two-day flooding of Santa Anita Park's synthetic surface is one of the final tests management plans before making a decision on the future of the main-track surface. Track president Ron Charles said the surface will be flooded following... Read More


Pacers Take to Polytrack for Road Test

May 21, 2008

Harness racing at Keeneland? Yes, there was, but it's not what you might think.

Two exhibition races for Standardbred pacers were held at the Lexington racetrack the afternoon of May 21 to give the principals in a racetrack under... Read More


Eradicating Pasture Erosion

May 01, 2008

Fixing pre-existing pasture erosion will probably entail a visit by a county extension agent or a pasture management consultant. Options would be to reduce the number of horses, lime and fertilize, or, in cases of major deterioration, to start over.... Read More


Equine Summit Tackles Competitive Horse Health Care

April 29, 2008

The Well-being of the Competitive Horse was one of three major industry issues addressed during the Kentucky International Equine Summit.

Today's summit agenda was comprised of panel discussions entitled:


Racetrack Turf Expertise Brought to Hong Kong Cross Country Course

April 28, 2008

The Olympic cross-country course at Beas River in Hong Kong has met all parameters for quality of the turf, the shock-absorbency of the footing, and its drainage ability. The turf has been declared ready for the cross-country portion of the eventin... Read More


Welfare and Safety Summit Racehorse Injury Numbers Revised

April 10, 2008

The catastrophic injury rates presented by Mary Scollay, DVM, at the March 17  Welfare and Safety of the Racehorse Summit have been revised after a thorough review.... Read More