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Keeneland Approves Polytrack Renovation
In the US, Keeneland Race Course's board of directors "approved a project to overhaul the main track with a Polytrack surface that is wider & longer in circumference than the current dirt surface," reported thoroughbredtimes.com. Keeneland "plans to have the track ready in time for its October meet, which would make the Lexington facility the 3rd in North America to race on Polytrack"; Turfway Park installed the surface in September 2005 & Canada's Woodbine plans to race on Polytrack beginning in September. Keeneland president Nick Nicholson commented: "With these renovations & improvements, we hope to have one of the safest & most modern racetracks in the world. Our track has not changed much since it was laid out & constructed using mules prior to our 1st race meeting in 1936. We believe that by taking advantage of the latest cutting-edge advancements & creating the safest racing possible, we further the mission outlined by our founders to build a model racetrack."