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Lots of rain expected today and into Thursday. I can't imagine that there will be racing on Thursday.
Question: Do tracks (like dirt tracks) normally run in a thunderstorm (lightning storm)? Or is that way too dangerous?
I bet on a horse at ten-to-one. It didn't come in until half-past five.
My horse was so late getting home, he tiptoed into the stable.
~ Henny Youngman
I just looked at the http://www.weather.com "weather in motion" map. The storm that's arriving extends clear from Huntington Beach in Orange County up into Oregon.
Never pick a fight with people who buy ink by the barrel.
-- Mark Twain
Which means it's reacting to the storms like dirt tracks. The all-weather tracks are supposed to allow for vertical drainage. I was optimistic when they initially chose cushion track for their installation - as the Hollywood Park surface is easy to handicap. But it wasn't too long before we realized the Santa Anita installation didn't have the same properties as the Hollywood Park track. It's been a mess from the get-go. The first install was a failure. The Pro-Ride fix must now be considered a failure - and a big waste of money.
It's very discouraging...
In all fairness to the Pro Ride guy , he was given 2 weeks to try and fix a problem that was prolly needing like 2 months to fix . His company didnt install the drainage system , that ended up getting clogged up by the crap that Cushion Track put on the race track , he actually saved our okole's last winter with his ability to waterproof the surface.
I know everyone wants dirt back , but with dirt it will always be the same , with synthetic at least with time there could be improvements or at least the hope of it. We go back to dirt , it is what it is , it will never change. Everyone needs to keep in mind why the synthetics were put in , it was because we were killing horses at an alaraming rate and so I wonder how anyone thinks given the type of material available here , which would be the same is what they had , how it could be better.
I have for days been trying to find any articles on the web proclaiming how wonderfull the dirt surface used to be , any help in that regard would be appriciated.
I believe the "properly installed" Tapeta at GGF is working just fine, as does other AW tracks all over the world. SAX has the only problem I've ever really heard of on a synthetic track. I sincerely doubt with the rain and wind we've been having up here that GGF would run at ALL if it was still regular dirt.
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