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Breeders Cup 2015

Keeneland Statement Regarding Polytrack

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We have one of the safest racing surfaces in America and there are no immediate plans to change it. Keeneland draws the top horses and horsemen in the country and our races are among the highest quality offered anywhere. We have among the largest field size in the country, our handle has increased, and our attendance is up.

Polytrack is the most prevalent of the all-weather surfaces available and remains a viable, reliable surface as evidenced by the fact that other venues continue to use it, including Lingfield—who was the first to adopt the surface and recently elected to re-install it, as well as Caulfield Racecourse in Australia.

We’ve always said that our efforts to improve racing are a journey not a destination. We are committed to having a surface that provides the best safety possible for horses and riders while also attracting the sport’s top horses and trainers to compete at this place that showcases the best of Thoroughbred racing.

This is an ongoing process and we will never compromise on either safety or quality.



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The Jim Dandy and the Travers.
Never mind. I see he won the Travers and Jim Dandy.
I understand that. I did mention winners only. And, Street Sense won the Ky Derby after finishing 2nd in the BG. My question to you is, what else did Street Sense win, after the Ky Derby, re: competitive advantage? I don't think he won another race?
The surface WAS their competitive advantage. Don't forget Street Sense ran 2nd.
Keeneland goes to the point to brag on Poly-Track. They have had six runnings of the Blue Grass Stakes on Poly-track, but only last year did Dullahan become the first BG winner to hit the board in the Ky Derby by running third. Not sure of this, but with the exception of Dullahan, the other five(Brilliant Speed, Stately Victor, General Quarters, Monba, and Dominican) have not accomplished many(if any) wins after their BG success. Is it the surface that has taken their competitive edge?
I like this statement. Now reverse your courses. Poly on the inside, and Turf on the outside. Turf races are their biggest draws so Make the turf course bigger.
certainly doesn't have a 'safe' smell to it

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