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BALMORAL RACING SURFACE UNDERGOING CHANGES
In an effort to make the racing surface one of the fastest, yet safest, for both horses and horsemen in the country, Balmoral Park is currently renovating its one-mile oval with the help of noted trackman Greg Coon of Charles E. Coon & Sons Inc., Tech 3 Consulting Group and T. J. Lambrecht Construction, which is the company that performed the original work back in 1998, when Balmoral switched from a five-eighths mile track to a one-mile oval.
“The changes being made to the track will once again make Balmoral Park’s oval one of the best in country not only for the horses racing over the track but also for the horsemen who train here on a day to day basis,” said track President John Johnston. “This has always been one of the fastest tracks in all of North America and it should be even faster, safer and easier on the horses after this work is completed,” he continued. “Handicappers should also see a much greater degree of consistency thanks to these changes,” he added.
Construction work began on Tuesday, July 8 and is expected to be completed by Friday, July 25 so that horsemen can begin jogging and training over the new surface before the start of the upcoming meet.
Live racing returns to Balmoral Park, four nights a week (Tuesday-Wednesday, Saturday & Sunday), on Saturday, August 9. A heavy dose of top notch stakes action kicks off on Saturday, August 23 with the $200,000 American National Stakes for three-year-old colt and filly trotters. Super Night eliminations begin on Saturday, Sept. 13 with the finals for Illinois “Biggest Night of Racing” being held on Saturday, Sept. 20.
For more information please visit www.balmoralpark.com.
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