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I believe Joe Harper said in a post-meet article with one of the local SD papers that the poly surface had rocks coming up and serious work would be needed to be done. He said they wouldn't go back to dirt for 2014 due to the turf course renovation and cost but who knows. The fact that it has been brought up by management in stories lead me to believe a change is coming.
No matter what type of track surface people will find a reason to complain. Years ago when I lived in NY I remember east coast horsemen saying they didnt want to come to SA or HP because the dirt surface was too hard, or too fast.
Now they dont want to come because of the polytrack surface or cushion track, yet many of those top barns continue to support Keeneland Spring and Fall meets.
I hope the new turf at DM is fair and not like a billiard table. I dont know how the expansion inside of the current rail is going to help as that will make the turns even sharper, and with more horses on the track for each race that certainly doesnt make sense, but I will wait and see before commenting further.
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I can't stand Poly when my horse runs crappy on it and I lose my ass. I also hate dirt surfaces when my horse croaks on it, which is far too often.
On the other hand I love both surfaces when I win which hasn't happend since 2007.
Women and cats will do as they please, and men and dogs should relax and get used to the idea.
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I think this is simple maintenance. This is the first surface dilemma they have had after 7 season.
It's probably expected, but still a very safe surface.
I too do not want to see them return to dirt.
Remember 2006, 19 on track fatalities........... how many in 2013?
For those who are passionate about a dirt surface, you have All NY tracks, Monmouth, Churchill, Fair Grounds, All Florida Tracks, and the dirt lovers paradise of Santa Anita for 8 months of the year.
Despite the consistency with which Tedesco has maintained Polytrack, Harper floated the possibility of Del Mar switching back to a dirt surface at some point.
“We have to take a hard look at where we go with the track, see if we’re destined to return to dirt at some point,” he said. “We’re starting to see rocks come up where rocks shouldn’t be. There will have to be significant maintenance done before next year.”
Harper said “no” when asked if a main dirt track would return by 2014.
http://www.drf.com/news/del-mar-meet-en ... y-declines
Also it mentions he has been in touch with a poly track expert in Upland Ca and will be continuing to consult with him on all things related to Del Mar.
Upland CA, isn't that where they had a big earthquake last winter??
I thought that "expert" only dealt with Craig (as he refers to him on a first name basis even though that particular person has NO idea who the "expert" is)
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