- As I asked last year, what the hell is this asshole doing here?
- Some people think that Keeneland’s decision to install Polytrack could be a boon to Oaklawn, and that track’s Arkansas Derby next year. With the Blue Grass to be run over the synthetic surface, contenders could decide they want to run on real dirt, especially after seeing how With A City and Seaside Retreat ran after running 1-2 in the Lane’s End at Turfway. Lawyer Ron’s trainer Bob Holthus is one who, for sure wouldn’t be prepping his horses in that manner .
“ If you had a real contender, would you want your last start before the [Kentucky ] Derby to be on Polytrack ? I can’t imagine you would…I just don’t believe you can train on Polytrack and come and run well on the dirt….I know that the horses that came to Oaklawn this year that had raced at Turfway in the winter had very little success. You know, I believe there’s a complete difference in the surfaces.” [Arkansas Democrat-Gazette]