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Santa Anita Opens New Dirt Track For Training Dec 6
In California, Santa Anita confirmed the replacement of its synthetic surface with a new conventional dirt surface is "on schedule" & will be opened for training on Monday (December 6). The upcoming meeting is set to begin on December 26. Santa Anita president George Haines declared: "We're ready to get back to business. We expect the stable area to begin filling up over the weekend & we'll have horses back on the main track on Monday morning." Santa Anita's new main track, consists of 90% sand & 10% clay, with a base & upper layers depth of 15-17 inches. Haines noted: "With any project of this magnitude, there's going to be some settling of the dirt & we'll need to work with & monitor that. I think everyone understands that, as the track will change some in the 1st week or so. We've asked the horsemen to take their time & jog their horses & let them get comfortable with it initially. It's important that we open for training on Monday & that we have 3 weeks before opening day to make any adjustments, if necessary."