Ticker
  • Harzand holds off Idaho in the Irish Derby to become a dual Derby winnerPosted 2 hours ago
  • Far From Over wins his return today at Belmont after more than 16 months away.Posted 22 hours ago
  • Champion Untapable has been retired from racing, according to owner, Ron Winchell.Posted 5 days ago
  • Cheekaboo wins a blanket finish in the Honeymoon at 23-1.Posted 5 days ago
  • Donegal Moon scores after Unified comes up empty in the Pegasus Stakes.Posted 5 days ago
  • Ancient Secret just gets up to win the Wild Applause Stakes at Belmont Park.Posted 5 days ago
  • Bradester (9-1) upsets the Stephen Foster (G1) in gate to wire fashionPosted 6 days ago
  • Pleuven (Fr), with a stalking move, wins the Wise Dan (G2) at 7-1Posted 6 days ago
  • Paid Up Subscriber (6-1) rallies and draws off to win the Fleur de Lis Handicap (G2)Posted 6 days ago
  • Songbird (1-9) stays unbeaten in the Summertime Oaks (G2) at Santa Anita.Posted 6 days ago

For California Synth Stars, No Fears With Churchill Surface Switch

While many Europeans and locally based West Coast connections were happy to see Breeders’ Cup 2008 and 2009 in Los Angeles, many East Coast-based trainers were less than enthusiastic, because of the lack of a conventional dirt surface. Hall of Fame conditioner Nick Zito, for example, had no runners in either in 2008 or 2009.


In 2008 there were 21 horses making their synthetic track debut at the Breeders’ Cup. Of those, only one horse won (Raven’s Pass in the Classic — and he was a European turf horse). In 2009 every main track winner had prior synthetic track experience.


Clearly since the advent of synthetic surfaces it has been an easier transition going from synthetic to dirt than vice versa. With this years’ Breeders’ Cup at Louisville it may hinder the Europeans as far as their main track runners are concerned, but I foresee the Californians having no issue at all.

Read More

 

comments powered by Disqus

Related Pages

Related Stories

Top Stories