Although the Breeders’ Cup will be contested on a natural surface
this year, the same old dirt vs. synthetics quandary once again hovers
over the event.
Only this time, the horseshoe is on a different hoof with
California-based runners being the question marks over the traditional
dirt track at Churchill Downs.
Today, one of the major preps for the Breeders’ Cup Classic (G1)
will showcase the dilemma awaiting handicappers in November, when they
will have to decide whether certain horses will make a smooth
transition from an all-weather surface to dirt.