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Contact: David Zenner
STATEMENT FROM ARLINGTON PARK PRESIDENT ROY ARNOLD
All of us at Arlington Park are all saddened by the number of incidents that have taken place on the track recently.
We are taking the situation very seriously. We have had discussions with the State veterinarians, trainers, jockeys and track maintenance crew to seek opinions on the reason for these incidents. No one has been able to identify a specific problem with the racing surface.
On Thursday (June 22), Joe King, the renowned track architect and former track superintendent for the New York Racing Association, who helped rebuild Arlington's track surface as well as numerous other tracks in the United States, was on site to inspect the track condition with our track superintendent Javier Barajas. They could find nothing wrong with the track.
However, we are not stopping our efforts. After racing on Sunday, we will pull back the cushion from the top of the track and inspect every inch of the pad underneath with our track superintendent and Joe King.
If repairs are needed, we will make them.
Training on the main track has been cancelled on Monday. We are hoping to resume training on Tuesday.
In addition, we have already ordered additional material to put down on the track to keep moisture in as the summer heats up.
The safety of the horses that run at Arlington Park and the jockeys who ride them are our paramount concern, so we will continue to use every tool available in the industry to make this the best and safest track possible.
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