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Before this thread gets hijacked........ back to the topic............
I personally am very happy that Del Mar will keep their synthetic surface, and believe that FINANCIALLY, they need to keep the Polytrack surface. I haven't found any individual who hates that surface other than dead speed traditional handicappers.
The aspects about the Synthetic Tracks I love is:
- Much safer for the horses.
When Hollywood Park installed their Cushion Track, a jockey allowed me to jog around the track with him. I have bad ankles and I was able to run around the track without any problems and could have keep going. I can only imagine the horses must like these synthetic surfaces too
- IT'S A FAIR TRACK
Speed, mid-pack, deep-closers..... they all have a chance to win a race. In contrast, that track in Arcadia is DEAD speed 99% of the time.
I could go into several other issues, yet I believe that a track surface should provide a safe ground for the horses, and fair chance for the handicapper to solve a puzzle without a serious bias.
Furthermore on a personal level, outside of my given circuit to play, I very rarely play dirt surface tracks especially in California because of their obvious speed bias.
If Del Mar was to switch back, think about the financial outlay the track would have to lay out to make this switch. I would like to see the track keep it's unique surface and use their finances to enhance the track for a future Breeder's Cup. The Breeder's Cup and Del Mar are made for each other and I look forward to see many of these events at Del Mar on their Polytrack surface.
I respect you Igeteven, but do you think Del Mar has the finances and enough Free Cash Flow to replace the Polytrack and also make the necessary upgrades to the track to attached a Breeder's Cup? That's a substantial outlay of cash to complete the tasks you wish.
Additionally, I am interested to hear your points why Polytrack is not a good option as a track surface.
If Poly track at DM started off with the current way the horses race on it vs the original two years I doubt fans/handicappers would have nearly the negative opinion of it that they had when it first came in. Slow times for all distances were hard to comprehend or adjust to for all types of handicapping methods. Speed horses looked like they were racing in quicksand. However, the track needed several years of tinkering, and a new trackman, to make it work. Which it has. The bigger turf course might attract bigger fields, more out of town horses, hopefully it does.
I wouldnt change the polytrack at DM, especially when it works. Screw the BC and its overpriced costs to fans for 2 days .I am fine with it at SA or CD.
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I answer your question the best I can.
1. I was never in favor of Poly, why, I don't like nothing that is not natural , Horses like to run on a track that they know, dirt is a very natural surface, Poly is not
This brain child was done for pure money, some people made a small fortune out of it. SA took a bath, however the people who originally was involved I believe are gone. IMO, kick backs, very common in the industry.
I believe Del Mar was force to do it, if I recall, Del Mar didn't pay for it and some other agency pick it up. Craig was against it when he was running the track. Harper had more problems that it was worth.
However, as we all know, bad things always comes out to become good things over time.
When HP closes, Cal Racing will go into a full swing mode, when both tracks are completed, Del Mar will get more days to even out the other days with SA,
As I said, the racing wars will begin when both Tracks are completed.
You recall incorrectly. We most definitely paid about $6 million for it.
In fact, most of what you said is a veritable repository of misinformation.
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