WhipNRide wrote: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 <img src="/images/chat/RedRose.gif">'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'm in agreement with all you said.. I wasn't really trying to blame the Pro-Ride installation. It was at best, a half-measure by Santa Anita. For handicapping, I've always preferred dirt. I've commented many times in these forums; I'm glad to forgo my own preferences and stick with synthetics to help the horses. As Dick Mandella stated and you reiterated, “We’ve run on dirt for centuries, and the window of opportunity of making dirt safer closed a long time ago. We have only had these tracks a couple of years, and we’re figuring out how to maintain them properly. We have no place but up to go.”
I've always trusted that Mandela puts the interest of the horses first. His commitment to their well-being is unequivocal.