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Americans Burying Their Heads in the Dirt?

Well, that experiment didn't last long, did it?


Americans have always been accused of being insular and if you need proof that this is still the case, look no further than their racing.


The Breeders' Cup is a fantastic meeting you can't help wondering what path it will go down over the next few years.


To those who rate safety above all else - for both horse and rider - the decision that Santa Anita is making to rip up their synthetic Pro Ride surface, favouring a return to the unforgiving dirt surface, is extraordinary.


None other than Jerry Moss, owner of Californian super mare Zenyatta, has been supportive in his backing for the move.

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One thing I'd ask the author, though: Why aren't any major European racing meets run on the synthetic surfaces he seems to favor?
Interesting piece shows how US racing is viewed in Europe.

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