HISTORY IN THE MAKING
The Breeders Cup will impact the world forever in 2008 when it is facilitated unexpectedly on an engineered surface. The honor goes to Santa Anita Park and its new Pro-Ride track, which replaces a disputable Cushion Track. Manufactured, or designed, tracks are not well known among all horsemen, and in reality have the same number of naysayers as advocates. Scratch Zito is among the most vocal and regarded naysayers. Zito contends that the rich convention of earth dashing is the thing that controls the motor of the hustling business. Allies of manufactured dashing surfaces refer to insights showing a decrease in cataclysmic wounds. This discussion is, I am apprehensive, in its earliest stages, yet it won’t hinder the force paving the way to Breeders Cup 2008.
Raisers Cup 2008 is a two-day party starting Friday, October 24 with five Breeders Cup races highlighting the Distaff Division. Also, nine additional Breeders Cup races, including the Breeders Cup Turf and the Breeders Cup Classic, are planned for Saturday, October 25. There are a sum of six races on turf and eight on Pro-Ride (manufactured) during the Breeders Cup Prediction weekend at Santa Anita.
WHAT ARE RACE TRACKS MADE OF?
It used to be the situation that a hustling surface was either going to be earth or turf, with uncommon exemptions. Most soil tracks are made out of about 80% sand, with the staying 20% a mix of earth and sediment. The new pattern is counterfeit surfaces, which are jumping up all over, for example, the new Polytrack surfaces. European-planned Polytrack is an engineered blend of wax-covered polypropylene strands, reused elastic, and fine sand. Polytrack is what is known as a designed hustling surface. The thought is that the Polytrack should frame a strong “pad” for the ponies to run on. This pad, thusly, gives included security due to an all the more even organization over the track. There is another bit of leeway: simple and effective waste, taking into account races in essentially any climate condition. Most earth tracks are marginally inclined internal to encourage waste, so when it rains a few spots are thicker and others are more slender, and this makes the surface fairly lopsided. On a Polytrack surface, water leaks straight through to a seepage framework beneath, dispensing with any lopsided spots that may be found on earth.
Polytrack was an intriguing issue in horse dashing circles even before 2006 Kentucky Derby champ Barbaro separated in the Preakness Stakes, and inevitably must be euthanized on January 29, 2007 in spite of a chivalrous exertion by Dr. Dignitary Richardson (of the New Bolton Center in Pennsylvania) to keep Barbaro alive. A few tracks in England have utilized Polytrack for quite a long time, and it’s truly beginning to get on in the United States. Polytrack was first introduced in the U.S. at Turfway Park in Florence, Ky in 2005. Prior to Turfway, the last significant North American circuit to introduce an all-climate surface was Remington Park in Oklahoma City. It opened in 1988 with Equitrack, a polymer-based surface in which sand is secured with a wax covering. In any case, by 1991, the track changed to soil in light of the fact that the Equitrack surface was beginning to crumble (soften) and make unexpected issues. At the point when ponies dashed over the harmed surface, they kicked up “particles of residue” from the track, and the ponies would take in this residue, causing respiratory sicknesses.
These issues shouldn’t occur with Polytrack. Keeneland Race Course in Lexington, Kentucky introduced Polytrack in 2006 and starting reports have been promising. The Thoroughbred Times delivered some intriguing figures from the 2006 Keeneland Fall meeting, numbers that may, over the long haul, give hustling its most noteworthy advantage. The normal edge of triumph at the meet was 1.6 lengths, a lot more tight than the 2.9 and 3.9 normal edges at the past two fall meetings run over regular soil tracks. Likewise, the normal separation between the primary spot and the last spot finisher was somewhere around 13 lengths in 2006 when contrasted and 2005. As such, the manufactured surfaces (Polytrack in any event) appear to produce more serious and emotional challenges, similar to races on the turf (grass).
CALIFORNIA IS MOVING FAST
The California Horse Racing Board coordinated that all significant tracks in the state have a type of designed surface set up before the finish of 2007. Ground was broken at Del Mar in mid 2007 for establishment of a Polytrack surface to be prepared for the late spring meet starting July 18, 2007. Hollywood Park was the first track in Quite a while to hold a dashing meet on a designed track. The Inglewood race course chosen Cushion Track for its fundamental track in 2006. Pad Track and Polytrack are fundamentally the same as, with unpretentious contrasts in structure. Santa Clause Anita Park (Arcadia, California) has picked Cushion Track also, and is focusing on early September 2007 to finish establishment (in an ideal opportunity for the Oak Tree meet). One more fake surface is in play at an American circuit. Tapeta Footings, made by exceptionally effective coach Michael Dickinson, will make its hustling debut in Northern California in 2007 at Golden Gate Fields. Establishment is booked to start in the late spring notwithstanding delays. Tapeta has had extraordinary accomplishment as a preparation track at Dickinson’s Maryland ranch.
In March of 2007, Bay Meadows turned into the primary survivor of the aftermath of the CHRB order, in the wake of being denied (by the California Racing Board) a two-year expansion to introduce an engineered dashing surface. Nonetheless, in May the CHRB allowed Bay Meadows a transitory exception for 2008 insofar as Bay Meadows ensured its hustling dates. Should concerned gatherings inevitably neglect to arrive at a trade off, this would end a since quite a while ago run (right now 73 years) for Bay Meadows (opened 1934). Cove Meadows President Jack Liebau, irritated by the first decision in March, regretted it would check a date of ignominy for dashing in California.
On May 4, 2007, Arlington Park opened its mid year meet with a fresh out of the plastic new Polytrack surface. The soil surface that it supplanted had an essentially higher level of sediment and earth (40%) than most earth courses. The irregular structure demonstrated a drawback for leaders and an assistance to closers, and Polytrack should proceed or even increase that pattern.
Responses from horsemen have been blended with respect to the Polytrack unrest. Bounce Holthus, who prepared Lawyer Ron for the Kentucky Derby, said (in 2006) it’s a disgrace Keeneland was introducing the surface. That track has the Blue Grass Stakes, one of the more esteemed Derby prep races, and Holthus says it’s better for ponies to run on soil in their last race before going to the earth track at Churchill Downs. Concerning Barbaro’s physical issue, Holthus expressed he didn’t figure a difference in surface would have forestalled it. “I don’t think it had anything to do with it,” Holthus said. “Ponies make terrible advances and they can do it on any sort of surface.”
Racer Victor Espinoza, an installation in Southern California dashing, was accounted for as making a notable point: “…horses that fall off the movement are more comfortable…”
By and large ponies that perform well on turf, yet additionally give some soil fitness, perform well on Polytrack. Family can recommend inclination, at the end of the day the truth will eventually come out. Clear examples in the impact of family on Polytrack execution are rising, however. Carson City, Deputy Minister, Dynaformer, Storm Cat, With Approval, Forty Niner, Sadler’s Wells, and Gone West are for the most part steeds whose offspring are performing especially well on the new counterfeit surfaces.
IT’S ALL IN THE BLOOD
An exciting modern lifestyle in hustling is unfolding with the appearance of Polytrack and the other engineered dashing surfaces. In late many years, the reproducing business has put untold millions trying to “breed for speed.” About 75% of all cutting edge pure bloods can be followed back to a solitary pony: Northern Dancer (expired 1990). All that makes a racehorse fruitful in America is changing, practically overnight. The descendants of steeds like Mr. Miner (expired 1999) and Northern Dancer, and their offspring, may lose a portion of their impact except if their relatives perform well on the new designed surfaces. From the start, a portion of the more effective “Polytrack sires” are Storm Cat (a grandson of Northern Dancer), Deputy Minister (additionally a grandson of Northern Dancer), Dynaformer (another grandson of Northern Dancer), With Approval (an extraordinary grandson of Northern Dancer), Forty Niner (a child of Mr. Miner), Carson City (a child of Mr. Miner and extraordinary incredible grandson of Northern Dancer), Gone West (a child of Mr. Miner), and Sadler’s Wells (a child of Northern Dancer). It is evident that Northern Dancer and Mr. Miner are very much spoken to in this rundown. An ever increasing number of soil tracks are being supplanted with designed (engineered) surfaces, and the reproducing business will watch out for all the turns of events.