Monday, November 24, 2008
Santa Anita performed its first large-scale drainage test on the Pro-Ride synthetic track surface Friday morning, running a specially installed sprinkler system to produce an accumulation of water mimicking a good rainfall. Southern California has been experiencing a particularly dry year, with no rain to test the drainage capabilities of the surface since it was installed over the summer.
According to track president, Ron Charles, anywhere from 2 to 6 inches of water hit varying sections of the racetrack, which was then harrowed to facilitate drainage. According to all reports, the track drained well. Trainer Matt Chew tested the footing on horseback and reported it felt good, with his horse getting a good hold of it.