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No Synthetic Track-No Racing At Bay Meadows In 2008
The California Horse Racing Board has "denied Bay Meadows Racecourse's request for a 2-year waiver of the board's decree that all major racetracks in the state install a synthetic surface by the end of 2007," reported thoroughbredtimes.com. The decision means Bay Meadows (which started in 1934) "will not be granted a licence to hold a race meeting after its 2007 season concludes in early November". Track president Jack Liebau declared: "What this means is that there will not be racing at Bay Meadows in 2008. I'm stunned! I think it's a very, very dark day in Northern California. For a long time, Bay Meadows has been the backbone of Northern California racing. We've been a leader, we have the best back-stretch in California & the CHRB shuts us down at the end of the year. For racing in California, this is a day of infamy. It's a tough time for all the people that work at Bay Meadows & some of them have been here a long, long time. Some of them have been here for 50 years. There will be a severe fallout from this. We have 1,000 stalls & horses are here all year long. I'd like to know where all the trainers are going to go with their horses."