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Re: [RC] TB Racing, Soundness, Speed, Hooves - rides2far@xxxxxxxx

One interesting study would be to look at the breakdown rate 
increases of turf horses vs. dirt horses. 

The NPR story pointed out that all 17 breakdowns at Arlington were on 
the dirt. Zero on turf.Also, seems like they said the breakdowns were 
occurring on the turns.  I was looking at the Keeneland site last 
night to see when their fall meet is and noticed they're announcing 
they've installed a new surface called "Polytrack". 


Here's what they say:

Overview of Keeneland?s Track Renovation 
This track renovation is the largest capital project in Keeneland?s 
With this renovation, Keeneland hopes to have the safest, most modern 
racetrack in the world. 
The renovation currently is underway and will be completed by the end 
of August or early September. 
The renovation plans are highlighted by the installation of a 
Polytrack surface and its signature vertical drainage system. 

A rendering of Keeneland's new track layout includes wider, safer 
turns and a longer stretch.

Keeneland is using the Polytrack installation as an opportunity to 
reconfigure the track?s turns to make them wider and more 
symmetrical, therefore making them safer. It also will lengthen the 
Keeneland has planned a number of renovations that will create an 
even more pleasant experience for the facility?s patrons. 
More patrons will be able to get a trackside experience with the 
additional space created by the renovation. More than 13,000 square 
feet will be added to the trackside apron in the grandstand, enough 
to accommodate approximately 2,660 additional spectators. 
Additionally, 4,300 square feet will be added to the clubhouse lawn, 
which should accommodate approximately 860 more fans. 
Keeneland?s existing infield tote board will be replaced by one of 
the most technology-advanced in the country. The new tote-video board 
is comprised of five separate sections that have more than 1,500 
digital LED tiles that provide crisp, clear color video, photos and 
mutuel graphics. The entire tote board is mobile and each section can 
be disassembled and reassembled as needed and is available for rental 
to other sporting venues. More than 15 miles of conduit will be 
installed underground, allowing Keeneland to take advantage of new 
high-definition technologies and radio frequency technologies. 

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