Horse racing, Santa Anita

Santa Anita to change main track beginning July 11

From the Santa Anita publicity department:

Santa Anita Park has announced that it’s one mile main track will undergo a major renovation beginning July 11 that will result in the track transitioning to a single-source material consisting of highly coveted El Segundo Sand, a natural soil that will ensure balanced drainage during periods of wet weather and uniform, safe cushion year ’round.

“Beginning July 11, we’re going to take out the existing surface and go down to the base of the track,” said Santa Anita Track Superintendent Dennis Moore.  “At that point, we’ll survey the existing base and ensure we’re meeting all specifications relative to slope and grade.

“We’re going to be moving 20,000-plus yards of material and we anticipate this process is going to take about four or five weeks.  We’re very fortunate to have been able to locate this soil which is currently being excavated due to construction projects over at LAX.  El Segundo Sand is naturally occurring and we won’t have to mix it with any other material, which is best-case.  The best surfaces around the country are all made of naturally occurring soils that are indigenous and not made by man.”

Moore, one of America’s most highly respected track superintendents, was hired by Santa Anita following a highly successful run at Hollywood Park, which closed Dec. 22, 2013.  He also currently oversees a newly converted one mile oval at Los Alamitos and has built and maintained track surfaces the world-over for the past 40 years.

The material, which is currently being trucked from LAX and staged in Santa Anita’s Infield parking lot adjacent to its hillside turf course, is in the process of being screened and will be ready for installation upon the removal of the existing main track.

Santa Anita’s current Spring Meet will conclude June 29 and the track will be closed to training from July 10 through the conclusion of the Del Mar’s final weekend, Aug. 30 & 31.

Santa Anita’s 2014 Fall Meet will open on Sept. 26 and be highlighted for an unprecedented third consecutive year by the two-day Breeders’ Cup World Championships on Oct. 31 and Nov. 1.  Closing day is Sunday, Nov. 2.

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