Monday, November 24, 2008

Santa Anita Tests Pro-Ride Drainage

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.


Klocker said...

WE made the trip to SA for the BC from Florida and sat right above Clocker's Corner. There was a lot of negativity surrounding the Pro-Ride on other message boards. It was a great 2 days of safe racing and the Pro-Ride gets 2 thumbs up from me. Lets see if other tracks around the country are smart enough to follow SA's lead. I'm worried about Cal racing in general though. Too many short fields makes it unattractive for players like me who are always looking for a price. I like to bet Cal, the time frame works for me, but I've gone back to NY racing and am enjoying it more even though I have less chances to bet it.

Mary Forney's Blog said...

Klocker, thanks for your comment. Hope you make it out to SA for BC next year, as well. If you do, look me up!

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