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SANTA ANITA TO REFURBISH NATURAL MAIN TRACK, ‘GREAT RACE PLACE’ READIES FOR AUTUMN MEET
ARCADIA, Calif. (June 24, 2011)—Santa Anita Park, in conjunction with the California Thoroughbred Trainers (CTT), announced today that it will close its main track for training on July 11, as it remediates the surface with natural sand. It is anticipated the project will take approximately 10 days to complete and will be available for training throughout the upcoming Del Mar race meeting and well in advance of Santa Anita’s 2011Autumn Meeting, which will open in late September.
During the course of the project, the inner training track will be available to horsemen from 5 a.m. to 10 a.m., seven days a week.
Santa Anita, which converted from a synthetic main track to natural dirt in December, 2010, experienced near record rainfall immediately following the installation project and as a result, the composition of the newly installed soils was altered resulting in an unacceptably high percentage of silt and clay.
The current project will remedy this imbalance and no further soil-related issues are anticipated.
Santa Anita, which hosted back-to-back Breeders’ Cup World Championship events in 2009 and 2010, is on a short-list of finalists to again play host to the Breeders’ Cup in 2012.
For more information on Santa Anita’s upcoming Autumn Meeting, fans are encouraged to visit www.santaanita.com, or to call (626) 574-RACE.