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From The Modesto Bee: Talk of Oak Tree 2010 Running At Hollywood Park

LOS ANGELES — Because of renewed safety fears involving the synthetic surface at Santa Anita Race Track, the upcoming Oak Tree meeting could be moved to Hollywood Park.

Santa Anita has been the home for Oak Tree since 1969, and this year's meet is scheduled to open Sept. 29. But Friday, trainers and owners met to express their fears following a recent aeration procedure on the track. It punctured the mesh, or membrane, that is designed to hold base material such as rocks well below the surface.

"Will your horse step on one of those rocks?" asked a trainer. "Are we to play Russian roulette with our animals?"

Tuesday, the Pro-Ride synthetic track will be examined by Nick Peterson, a professor of engineering at the University of Maine and developer of tests for racing surfaces. He was hired by…For the rest of the story http://www.modbee.com/2010/08/10/1289039/oak-tree-meeting-could-move-to.html

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