Breaking News: Santa Anita To Go Back To Dirt Surface

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Stronach: Santa Anita to Have Dirt Main Track

From Bloodhorse, a matter of importance to ValueCappers™ and handicappers: Santa Anita will be going from the synthetic surfaces with which it has been experimenting back to dirt. 

By Hank Wesch


Santa Anita is about to become the first California racetrack to abandon the 2006-mandated synthetic surface experiment and return to dirt.

Frank Stronach, chairman of MI Developments that owns the track, made the announcement Aug. 18 an evening meeting of horsemen and racing followers he had called at the Surfside Race Place satellite wagering facility adjacent to the Del Mar track.

A Santa Anita surface that was originally Cushion Track, then a hybrid of that with Pro Ride, then Pro Ride—but failed to drain properly in winter rains under any brand or name—will be replaced soon after the Oak Tree at Santa Anita meeting ends on Oct. 31. A new dirt surface, estimated by Stronach to cost between $5-6 million, will be installed by the traditional start of the winter/spring meeting on Dec. 26.

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