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Should you decide to go back to dirt, please consider this:
Do it right. By right, I mean, RIGHT. Spend the time and money to research the finest of soil specialists, scientists and other experts, take their advice, USE IT, and give So Cal the best dirt surfaces on the planet. By best, read that as the BEST BY FAR. Be the envy of all the others. Don't settle. You're big leaguers, so act like big-leaguers. Big leaguers have to have the money and guts to spend it. There can be no hesitation on anybodys part. Big business requires big boys making tough decisions. Do your due dilligence. Seek out Japan. Get with 'Toga and Oaklawn. GO to each corner of the globe to find out what those guys are doing. Cherry-pick the good and by all means, do not ignore the bad. In other words, swallow your pride and ego and allow yourselves to use this tremendous opportunity to improve things beyond the shadow of a doubt.
Once the new surface is in, test it and test it again. Again and again. Every square inch. Leave no doubts. Shorten your meets by a few weeks if you have to, so you can extend the tests. Just...do it right.
There is never a substitute for quality. Yes, you will have to spend the money up front to do so. Don't cut corners. If you're running short of money, find it. The smart guys can always find the money.
Yes, you learned your lessons from the All Weather surfaces. Yes, you had to take it in the shorts. But, from all these dark clouds can come a silver lining. If you have enough faith in the sport to spend the time and effort and money to make such an exponential leap, the owners will respond. The trainers will return. You might lose some, yes, but by and large, they will return. The weather is too darn nice 98% of the time! The quality will return. The loyalty will be regained. And the net result will be what we all want. Fuller fields, bigger handle, bigger crowds, more profit. And above all, a product you can go back to being proud of. You do want to be proud of what you're presenting to the public, don't you?
Here's your chance to turn racing around in California. This place DOES belong in the upper-reaches of the sport. Right now, Keeneland and Saratoga are the standards. SA and DMR USED to be in that atmosphere. Not these days. But, if you do this right, in a few (or a little more) years time, you can reclaim your rightful place among the nation's (and world's)elite circuits. And the sport as a whole will benefit from it. You know this to be true. And you can thank yourselves with each quarterly statement at that time. This is a long term investment.
Don't waste this opportunity. You will NOT get another. Fail this, and we can begin counting you out like a once-great boxer who's been knocked down for the last time.
A Big Fan
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Del Mar ain't going back to dirt.
Avatar - Lords Table winning the Bull Rastus Handicap at Los Al, 9/9/05, Russel Hadley up.
Main track racing fatalities at Del Mar declined from 2.47 per 1,000 starts on the dirt surface from 2004-2006 to 1.65 per 1,000 on Polytrack from 2007-2009.
• Main track racing fatalities for major California tracks — Santa Anita/Oak Tree, Hollywood Park, Golden Gate Fields and Bay Meadows — went from 3.09 per 1,000 starts on dirt from 2004-07 to 1.68 per thousand starts on engineered surfaces from 2007-09.
http://www.signonsandiego.com/news/2010 ... s20horses/
Proof is in the pudding..one track screws it up and all synthetics should be gone? Child, please..
Take my advise and do what you please
The best surface in Southern California is Hollywood Park. Hands down!
It also plays the truest to dirt.
I don't like Del Mar's surface.
Santa Anita and Del Mar should both resurface their tracks with the same stuff Hollywood Park is using.
Once again I'll say, as far as actual track(not location, but the track itself), Hollywood Park is my favorite track in SoCal. Sure Del Mar is the place to hang out with "the beautiful people" and Santa Anita has the history and the view. But Hollywood Park is the best actual racetrack in my view and my favorite one. I, for one, will be sad to see it go.
Santa Anita for sure, should adopt its surface. It would be a monumental improvement.
Agree 100% on Hollywood Park surface being the best. Even with all this rain it is holding up perfect and its looks like dirt and plays like dirt. To me its the perfect compromise. SA should just wait for HP to close and haul the materials from Hollywood over to SA. SA going back to dirt will solve nothing, for every happy trainer/owner there will be one who wont be and will leave.
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