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Santa Anita Main Track To Be Evaluated After Multiple Rains


After a month with lots of rainfall, Santa Anita Park will close its main track for training beginning at 9 a.m. on Monday and all day Tuesday in order to fully evaluate sub-surface conditions such as moisture content and soil consistency. The testing will be done in conjunction with the California Horse Racing Board (CHRB).

Officials hope training can resume Wednesday morning and live racing will be a go on Thursday.

On Monday morning, the main track will open for training at 5:00 (all times PT), with two regular renovations scheduled at 6:00 and 7:15.  Santa Anita’s training track will be open each morning from 4:45 until 10:30.

Track Superintendent Andy LaRocco will be in charge of the examination.

Santa Anita has received 11 1/2 inches of rain and near-record cold temperatures so far this month. Dry weather and more moderate temperatures are forecast for the next several days, enabling LaRocco’s crew to “peel back” the track’s cushion to a depth of approximately five inches so an examination of the base can be carried out.

Mick Peterson, PhD, who serves as Director of the University of Kentucky’s Agricultural Equine Programs, and who evaluates soil samples from Santa Anita on a monthly basis, will be on-site in the coming days to review data.  Peterson will work with a newly formed committee consisting of retired jockey Alex Solis, who is now a CHRB commissioner, one well-established Southern California trainer, one active jockey and one member of Santa Anita’s management team.

Santa Anita’s main track surface, which is tested and evaluated on a daily basis, is one mile in circumference, with quarter mile and seven furlong chutes located to the southwest and northeast of the oval.

Live racing is scheduled to resume on Thursday, with first post time at 1:00.

Edited release

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