Just a dream meet,” said Joe Harper as he addressed the media after Del Mar’s 74th meeting by the sea went off without so much as mussing a hair on the head of the CEO and president of the Del Mar Thoroughbred Club.
Harper said the safety of the racetrack played a key role in there being an average of 8.8 horses per race. But with Santa Anita having a dirt track, Harper said the DMTC will “take a hard look at whether to go to dirt in the future.” He said that would keep things more consistent in Southern California racing. When Hollywood Park closes, Del Mar will be the only synthetic track. He said rocks are beginning to show in the Polytrack, but he didn’t foresee adding a dirt track for 2014 because the turf track, which will cost $4 million to install, is the priority.
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