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No Immediate Synthetic Surface At Prairie Meadows
In Iowa, Prairie Meadows Racetrack "won't be compelled to install a synthetic racing surface in the immediate future, but the track's dirt surface could be the topic of future discussion," reported bloodhorse.com. Prairie Meadows officials told the Iowa Racing & Gaming Commission it was "too soon to judge the pluses & minuses of artificial tracks, and the Commission agreed". The IRGC warned Prairie Meadows last winter "that it could mandate the surface (which costs US$8-11 million) like the California Horse Racing Board did for tracks in that state" & Commission chairwoman Kate Cutler noted: "We have an obligation to look at safety & welfare. If it turns out that the statistics (showing fewer injuries on synthetic surfaces) are correct over a long period of time, we have to give it a look-see."