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How Synthetic Tracks Influence Buyers At US Sales

Friday, 28th May 2010

In the US, "now that some horses race on synthetic tracks or are sold at juvenile auctions after working over synthetic surfaces", The Blood-Horse magazine asked 16 leading buyers whether they have "changed how they make their selections" at thoroughbred sales? Andrew Cary from Thoroughbred Futures noted: "A synthetic surface allows horses that have less than ideal action to still work at a pretty fast clip. On dirt, those imperfections are magnified & they'll work slower as a result. The workout times are a little less separated on synthetics. You have to throw the times out the window & evaluate the horses more on how they move & how they look at the barn." (To read the full report "Sale Forum: The Effect Of Synthetic Tracks", click on the link in The Great Debate panel on the right-hand-side of this page.)

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