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Santa Anita Getting Ready for Opening Day

Santa Anita’s new racing surface has sustained more than nine inches of rain from Friday through dawn on Tuesday, leading to the cancellation of main track training on Tuesday for the third time in four days.

With further rain expected through Wednesday, the rain total from a series of Pacific storms is likely to reach 11 or 12 inches, according to track superintendent Richard Tedesco, who closely monitors the weather.

Tedesco said if the forecast is accurate, and rain stops late Wednesday, that the sand and clay track should respond quickly to maintenance, allowing for limited training on Thursday and wider use on Friday. The Santa Anita meet begins on Sunday.

“They’re telling us two to three [inches of rain] could hit us from Tuesday night into Wednesday,” Tedesco said. “Thursday, we’re looking at the start of a clearing trend and that will bring us better weather on Friday. We should have sun. We’ll probably have a ton of works on Friday.”
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Two seasons back, Aqu hired a new track crew and the track made a wholesale change (on the inner) from early to late....Following the energy standards for the course allowed many of us to see the change early AND I am happy to report, it has returned to the early paradise it once was,
Cushions usualy don't change
humphrey -- Did you consult SA on their new surface? I'd be curious to hear your thoughts after opening day!
One should be VERY careful to establish some sort of standards for distance before investing too much., I have always held it is the cushion underneath that dictates the surface as Woodbine is not the deep closers track, even though Polytrack, that the others have shown.
Pro ride and Cushion are not Polytrack
i think polytrak will one day be gone...only used for training.

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