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Racehorses Test New Del Mar Polytrack Surface

July 13, 2007

Thoroughbreds tested Del Mar's new artificial surface for the first time Thursday, working out over the track ahead of next week's opening of the 43-day summer meeting.

The $9 million Polytrack, a mixture of sand, fibers, rubber, and wax, was... Read More

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Hollywood Park Tweaking Cushion Track Blend

June 22, 2007

(From Hollywood Park release)

Hollywood Park, acting on test results, has ordered additional wax for the top layer of its synthetic racing surface.

"There has bee... Read More

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Safe and Healthful Stall Mats

June 01, 2007

So you have decided to invest in rubber mats for your stalls. What now? In this article, we'll compare some of the available features, and we'll give you points to consider when refining the requirements for your barn.

An important... Read More

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Environmental Concerns Could Delay Tapeta Surface at Golden Gate

May 16, 2007

Environmental concerns could cause a delay in plans by Golden Gate Fields to install an all-weather racing surface this summer, the planning manager for the City of Albany, Calif., acknowledged May 16.

"It's hard to say at this point,"... Read More

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New Pennsylvania Track to Install Tapeta Surface

May 13, 2007

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... Read More

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Arlington's New Surface Healing Old Wounds

May 07, 2007

A year after an unprecedented string of catastrophic injuries left horsemen wondering what was wrong with the dirt track at Arlington Park, they were singing the praises of a new synthetic racing surface.

More than 20 fatal injuries in an... Read More

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Polytrack Founder Admits Problems at American Tracks

May 01, 2007

Martin Collins, the creator of the Polytrack artificial surface, admitted to having faced problems in North America in an interview with the British monthly racing magazine, Thoroughbred Owner & Breeder.
 
Interviewed in the May... Read More

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New Pennsylvania Track to Have Synthetic Surface

April 18, 2007

Presque Isle Downs, which plans to open Sept. 1 for its inaugural Thoroughbred meet, will have a synthetic surface, and a decision on the manufacturer could be finalized by the end of April.

Presque Isle, located near Erie, Pa., opened... Read More

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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