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Tuesday, November 18, 2008

No Fixx Needed

- I'm sure hoping that NYRA doesn't take a page from Toyota. But I'm sure they want you to know that it's now official that zero horses suffered a fatal injury at the Saratoga meet this past summer. In fact, the safety record at NYRA tracks is pretty encouraging all around.

So far this year, NYRA’s tracks have had 1.21 such injuries per 1,000 starts, which is lower than the national average for both dirt (2.03) and artificial (1.47) tracks.

Saratoga did better than five tracks with artificial surfaces — Arlington, Del Mar, Keeneland, Turfway Park and Woodbine near Toronto, which had a combined 86 catastrophic breakdowns. [Troy Record]


Teresa said...

I'm pretty sure that that report was later corrected to reflect that two horses suffered fatal injuries last summer: one on the turf, one on the dirt. I saw the screen go up for the turf injury, so while I can't say for sure the horse was euthanized, it sure looked like it.

Check the Saratogian for a similar story that's got the correction in it.

Even so, it's good news for fans of dirt, and for the quality of the dirt tracks in New York.

Anonymous said...

As we old Yankees up in New England like to say, "If it ain't broke, don't fix it." I know that will grate on all of those who voted for "Change", as just about any change seems to qualify with that lot. You just have to conlcude that those artificial track surface salesmen put used car and vinyl siding salesmen to shame! /S/greenmtnpunter