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Inner track Will Open for Training, But No Workouts


Starting Friday, Santa Anita will reopen its training track to all horses stabled on the grounds, but not for workouts.

The training track, about six furlongs in circumference, is inside the main track and turf course. Since opening day, there have been no catastrophic injuries sustained on it.

Trackman Dennis Moore, who worked for Santa Anita until the end of last year when someone else was hired, and Dr. Mick Peterson from University of Kentucky’s Racing Surfaces Testing Lab inspected the inner exercise track. Moore said he’s “happy with it”.  Once it reopens, monitoring is supposed to take place.

Use of the inner exercise track will be restricted to galloping or jogging only until further notice.


Moore said earlier today he couldn't put a timetable on when his investigation of the main track will be finished. Moore was in charge of the installation of the main track in 2014.

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