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Ahh Yes, the Aqueduct Inner Track, Where good old fashioned Early Speed Rules.
No synthetic rubber to tire your horse out for the 1st 1/4 & 1/2 miles, just whose fastest to the wire.
Can somebody say, Dust off the Old Speed Figs & Let the Games Begin.
Didn't find anything on the NYRA site about how it's "treated." Wikipedia describes it as "a special type of dirt." I'd really like to know what it's treated with.
"Peace is that brief glorious moment in history when everybody stands around reloading."
-- Thomas Jefferson
The winter weather at Aqueduct makes for some dramatic changes from day to day. When the temperature is way below freezing, the track superintendent cannot put water down on the track. Even though the Aqueduct inner dirt track has chemicals in it to prevent it from freezing, adding water like in a normal maintenance cycle is not done. Thus, when Mother Nature does not add water, the inner dirt track dries out during stretches of sub-freezing weather.
If you pay attention, you will find stretches of cold, sunny days with no snow or rain that will result in a track that gets very cuppy by the end of the afternoon. Final times slow down dramatically and wide closers suddenly think that they are back at Belmont. I have found that during these periods, horses who come from behind do better in sprints than they do going two turns. Speed and a ground-saving trip with a field that gets spread out on the first turn is always tough to beat going two turns, regardless.
After a stretch of cold, sunny weather, a rain storm could come through New York and suddenly the inner dirt track will be very wet and usually sealed. Final times will be faster than normal and speed horses will dominate.
The great thing is that you don't have to worry about how the track super is grooming the track. The subtleties of track maintenance involving how much moisture is being added to the track are no longer factors. Mother Nature is the track super and we can visually see the condition of the track. All you have to do is pay attention.
Dick Powell from Handicapping Insights/Handicapping Edges Brisnet.com
The Aqueduct inner track has quite a bit more sand making it a deeper surface that takes quite a bit more to get wet and dries much quicker. It's not unheard of to have a fast track the day after a rainstorm renders the track sloppy.
Though the racing is much worse during the winter than it is at any other time, the inner track can prove very rewarding if you follow it every day. The configuration makes it very tight and speed usually does well. That changed last year with a new track superintendent, who ensured a fair racing surface just about every day. Trips become a big aspect of handicapping as the 4w4w go on the inner track is absolute murder. If you notice the speed bias is there on a given day and you don't pick up on it you have a great deal of bet-backs and bet-againsts going forward.
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