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Polytrack Reviewed After 18 Ambulance Runs at Turfway Park

January 27, 2007

Recent temperature drops have given officials at a northern Kentucky racetrack the opportunity to review how well Polytrack surface material handles cold weather, according to a Jan. 26 report in the Lexington... Read More

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Bay Meadows Might Defer Synthetic Track Decision

December 30, 2006

Bay Meadows Race Course, long rumored to be facing demolition in favor of redevelopment plans approved by the city of San Mateo, might seek an exemption from a California Horse Racing Board mandate to replace its existing dirt track with an... Read More

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Arlington Park to Install State-of-the-Art Racing Surface for 2007 Season

December 07, 2006

Arlington Park announced today that it will begin construction immediately to replace its conventional dirt track with a new state-of-the-art, synthetic racing surface to enhance athlete safety in advance of the 2007 race meet, which begins on... Read More

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Synthetic Surfaces: Spanning the Globe

December 03, 2006

It's difficult to get away from talk of synthetic surfaces, whether it concerns racing in North America, Asia, Europe, or Dubai.

At this year's Breeders' Cup at Churchill Downs Nov. 4, a prominent European horseman said surfaces such as... Read More

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Breeders' Cup Injuries Turn Focus Back to Artificial Surfaces

November 07, 2006

For the second time in six months, tragedy struck one of Thoroughbred racing's showcase events. The arrival of a new racing surface, however, could usher in an era of safer American tracks.

Pine Island was fatally injured and Fleet Indian... Read More

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Keeneland's Polytrack Popular With Breeders' Cup Hopefuls on Saturday

October 28, 2006

Racing may have been winding down on Saturday, Oct. 28, the final day of Keeneland's fall meet in Lexington, Ky., but top stakes contenders were taking advantage of the opportunity to get in one last work over Polytrack before the Breeders' Cup... Read More

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Polytrack Debuts at Keeneland

October 06, 2006

As Keeneland officials noted with a laugh, it couldn't have been better scripted. But sometimes in horse racing, things have a funny way of coming together despite numerous factors. And on Friday, opening day at the Lexington racetrack, they did... Read More

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A Step Ahead

September 16, 2006

You've heard the names: Cushion Track, Polytrack, Tapeta, StaLok. They are the trademark names of the major players in racing's latest frontier: the new North American market to replace dirt tracks with synthetic ones.

Pardon the pun, but o... Read More

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Woodbine Debuts New Polytrack Surface

August 31, 2006

Demi Song bounced his way into Canadian Thoroughbred record books at Woodbine Aug. 30 when the gelding won the first race over the track's new Polytrack surface.

Woodbine is only the second track in North America to hold a race meeting o... Read More

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Rave Reviews for Woodbine's Polytrack Unveiling

August 27, 2006

Woodbine Racetrack unveiled its state-of-the-art Polytrack racing surface for training today (Aug. 27).

Hundreds of horses galloped, jogged, or walked while 84 recorded timed workouts ranging from two furlongs to seven furlongs during th... Read More

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Woodbine to Unveil Polytrack Surface Aug. 30

August 17, 2006

Woodbine Entertainment Group has targeted Aug. 30 for its first race to take place on the Toronto track's new state-of-the-art Polytrack surface.

"We expect to complete the installation of the Polytrack on top of the macadam (final... Read More

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Fair Hill to Install Tapeta Surface on Training Track

June 05, 2006

The Fair Hill Training Center in Elkton, Md., plans to install the Tapeta all-weather surface on its training track during the summer of 2006, it announced May 31.

The synthetic surface, designed by trainer Michael Dickinson and first... Read More

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Woodbine Drops Nine Live Racing Days; Polytrack Installation Cited

June 05, 2006

Woodbine Entertainment Group announced last Thursday (June 2) it has received approval from the Ontario Racing Commission to drop nine dates from Woodbine's 2006 Thoroughbred racing schedule.

The altered calendar is to accommodate... Read More

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Group Studies Synthetic Racing Surfaces for New York

May 11, 2006

A fledgling group of owners and breeders in New York has launched a new effort to study a variety of issues affecting the safety of Thoroughbred horses, including whether some of the state's racetracks should install alternative racing surfaces.... Read More

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Safe Paths, Safe Plants

May 01, 2006

Some elements of an equestrian facility shouldn't be taken for granted--solid fencing, sturdy shelter, and good arena footing among them. Then there are areas that sometimes get less attention than they deserve. Pathways around the farm often... Read More

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Toning Up Rings

May 01, 2006

If your indoor or outdoor arena is less than you hoped it would be, join the club. ... Read More

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Keeneland Going With Polytrack; Other Track Renovations Planned

April 20, 2006

The Keeneland Association board of directors gave its approval to install a synthetic surface known as Polytrack on the main racetrack during an April 19 meeting. Construction is scheduled to begin in May and the Central Kentucky track will be... Read More

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Racing Surface Drawing Rave Reviews From Horsemen

April 12, 2006

Lone Star Park's main track is in its best condition ever, according to several horsemen who have been stabled in Grand Prairie, Texas for several weeks.

The 10th annual 66-date Spring Thoroughbred Season commences Thursday night at 6:35... Read More

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California Requires Synthetic Racing Surface

April 01, 2006

The California Horse Racing Board (CHRB) decided on Feb. 16 that California racing associations operating meets of at least four continuous weeks will be required to install a synthetic racing surface by the end of 2007 or face a loss of race... Read More

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Funding Bill Possible for Calif. Surfaces Plan

March 11, 2006

California Senator Dean Florez is developing legislation to address the issue of funding for the state's major Thoroughbred racetracks to install Polytrack-like surfaces in order to reduce injuries to horses and riders.

The California... Read More

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California Horse Racing Board to Require Polytrack Installation at Tracks

February 19, 2006

California racing associations that operate meets of at least four continuous weeks would be required to install a synthetic racing surface by the end of 2007 or face a loss of dates, the California Horse Racing Board (CHRB) decided Feb.... Read More

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New Turfway Surface Well Received, But Test Comes This Winter

October 17, 2005

The Polytrack experiment at Turfway Park was deemed a success--especially for safety reasons--at the conclusion of the 22-day summer/fall meet, though the Northern Kentucky racetrack expects to get a more accurate picture of the synthetic surfac... Read More

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Surface Switch

August 16, 2005

It is often said the key to real estate is "location, location, location." Well, listening to the speakers at the Aug. 8-9 conference of racetrack superintendents, it became clear the key to a good surface is "consistency, consistency,... Read More

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Track Surface Conditions Influence Likelihood of Racing Fractures

February 01, 2005

A study recently published in the Japan Racing Journal found that as turf courses become wetter and softer, fracture risk is reduced. In contrast, muddy conditions on dirt courses lead to a greater risk of horses sustaining a fracture.... Read More

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Above the Surface: Polytrack

October 04, 2004

Polytrack--polypropylene fibers, recycled rubber, and silica sand covered in a wax coating--has been used for training and racing for years in Great Britain, but Keeneland is the first U.S. facility to install it.... Read More