Will new track surface reduce injuries?

7 02 2007

Arlington Park racecourse in Illinois plans to replace its dirt running surface with a new synthetic surface called polytrack. Polytrack, made of wax-coated sand, synthetic fibers and recycled rubber, is considered safer for horses and jockeys. In 2005, eight horses were injured on Arlington’s dirt track; the year before, there were 13 breakdowns. Thoroughbred injuries in racing have come under a lot of scrutiny in the past year, as you know; with luck, polytrack might be part of the answer. Link

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