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Synthetic Surfaces Discussed In New York

Thursday, 31st July 2008

A cross-section of the US racing industry addressed the New York Task Force On Retired Race Horses on the subject of synthetic surfaces at a forum held at the Fasig-Tipton Sales Co pavilion in Saratoga Springs. The task force (established by state law last year) "is studying the issues surrounding the installation of synthetic surfaces at New York tracks & its members will report their findings to NY Governor David Paterson," noted bloodhorse.com. Executives from tracks currently using synthetic surfaces praised their tracks for their "ability to withstand extreme weather conditions & the role they have played in the reduction of catastrophic injuries". However leading trainers & jockeys varied in their opinions regarding the use of synthetic surfaces for both training & racing, while several prominent veterinarians argued track surfaces "only play a part in injuries sustained by racehorses". (To read what trainers Mark Casse, Todd Pletcher, Dale Romans & Nick Zito, plus jockeys Javier Castellano, Richard Migliore & John Velazquez said about synthetic surfaces, click on the link in The Great Debate panel on the right-hand side of this page.)

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