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Cushion Track Thumbs-Up At Santa Anita
In the US "safety was the watch-word as Santa Anita became the 3rd & final major Southern California racetrack to unveil its synthetic surface on the opening day of the Oak Tree Racing Association meeting," reported bloodhorse.com. Trainer Bill Spawr praised the Cushion Track surface (also installed at Hollywood Park a year ago) & declared: "I don't care about times; I care about how the horses come back. It's all about safety. And the horses' attitude is happier. They've stopped jarring (as on a dirt surface). It's not hard; it's not giving way. It has a bounce." Jockey Richard Migliore also praised the surface. "I worked horses yesterday & today & I'm tickled. It couldn't be any better as far as I'm concerned. It feels like a very safe racetrack." Oak Tree vice president Sherwood Chillingworth commented: "Artificial tracks in general are a proven commodity. All the stalls at Hollywood Park are filled, all our stalls are filled, everything over at Fairplex is filled. It's because very few horses had injuries at Del Mar." And Los Angeles Turf Club at Santa Anita president Ron Charles summed up: "One of the things we're most pleased about is the fact we've not seen the variation from the morning. Today it was 90 degrees & the horses were traveling over it very similarly to what they were at 5:30am in the morning. And that's what we're looking for."