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edwarren
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« on: January 05, 2006, 02:00:24 PM »

I read an article bringing up the possibility that horses might have nicks that run on polytrack surfaces. Can anyone possibly subscribe to this notion?

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« Reply #1 on: January 06, 2006, 07:03:53 AM »

Yes, they are going to have front and back wraps all the way up to their belly.  Also, the medieval hardware will be donned.  The major problem with that is the added weight issue.
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« Reply #2 on: January 06, 2006, 10:28:13 AM »

Yes, they are going to have front and back wraps all the way up to their belly.  Also, the medieval hardware will be donned.  The major problem with that is the added weight issue.


Ha Ha. No. I don't think I made myself clear. I didn't think it was clear. What I meant was, horses will have now "Polytrack bloodlines." Bred to race on Polytrack! Why don't we take their feet off and put on little wheels instead!
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« Reply #3 on: January 06, 2006, 11:10:17 AM »

I don't know about the "wheels" instead of feet. And I don't know about knicks but I overheard one trainer talk about not sending his horses back to Turfway. He complained about the horses inhaling the polytrack fibers.

I have also kept track of the horses who raced on pt then back on the dirt. I came up with a 9% win rate which does not seem exceptional to me. 
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« Reply #4 on: January 06, 2006, 12:18:11 PM »

laurajean,

Like any chemical miracle in this society of Better Living, brought to you by Dow, I have always wondered about the inhalation of the elements of Polytrack: horse and jockey. Gimme a break. If it has tire particles and silica, how safe can it be? And what about the water table underneath? And the whole mix is probably treated with some kind of chemical bath or mix.

Just peachy.
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« Reply #5 on: January 06, 2006, 02:59:43 PM »

well tommy id rather have polytrack than that paved highway they call a main track at arlington where 5k claimers are goin 6 in 109 and change and where alotta horses came off very bad this year
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edwarren
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« Reply #6 on: January 08, 2006, 10:57:42 AM »

There are many sites re: polytrack, especially in UK which has the world's first polytrack surface at Lingfield, a track in the north of England. Here's an example of one:

http://64.233.187.104/search?q=cache:G-nxOp3KfbAJ:www.flatstats.co.uk/articles/aw/lingfield_polytrack1.html+polytrack+lingfield&hl=en
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« Reply #7 on: January 08, 2006, 02:16:00 PM »

Polytrack is the best thing for horses. I rather race on poly than dirt.

anyone who says different just doesn't know what they are talking about
and prolly just got a PC this year.

Poly is great for hosses. just watch and see how many poly hosses do well at the keeneland
spring meet.

as far as breeding for poly there are some good sires for poly among them Qualities natch. (huge flat bet profit)

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« Reply #8 on: January 08, 2006, 02:27:59 PM »

They love it over there and I'm not knocking it, but what does it say about the horses?

Many, many years ago, and I mean MANY years ago, a horse could walk three thousand miles over rocks, through mud and rivers and crap, just going from meet to meet, or race to race.

Do you think todays thoroughbred could manage 1/10th of that?
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« Reply #9 on: January 08, 2006, 03:01:20 PM »



Do you think todays thoroughbred could manage 1/10th of that?

of course. but not the ones bred for speed (american breds). When I was in the UK this spring
I saw TB's regularly racing 2 to 3 miles without any problems. and on some bad sufaces I might add.

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« Reply #10 on: January 09, 2006, 10:08:50 AM »

I'm not questioning the runnability of the surface, just whether or not the elements of it are safe. And just because many tracks are too hard doesn't they have to be.
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