Construction to replace Santa Anita’s synthetic main track with a
“This marks the beginning of a very important chapter in our history
Santa Anita was required by mandate from the California Horse Racing
Haines noted that in order for the waiver to be granted, the top
“We are currently working with both the California Thoroughbred
Trainers (CTT) and the CHRB, and together, we’re developing a consensus
with regard to the composition of the various soils that we’ll be
using,” Haines said.
MI Developments (MID), Santa Anita’s parent company, has dispatched
Ted Malloy, who has been involved with the installation of several
tracks around the country and who has been involved in track maintenance
for more than 38 years, to oversee the project.
“We just started to take the synthetic material off today,” Malloy
said on Monday. “We’ve had skip loaders out on the track, piling it up
and we’ll start hauling it off tomorrow. We anticipate it’ll take about
two weeks to remove all of the synthetic material.
“We hope to clear the rocks underneath, which are part of the
drainage system, the following week (of October 24).”
Malloy said following the removal of the current drainage system,
work will begin on installing an organic base.
“After the rocks are completely removed, the new base material will
be applied and we anticipate that will take about two weeks (October 31
through November 13). After the base is in place and compacted to proper
density, we’ll start to apply the cushion mix, which is what we run on.”
Malloy noted that the cushion will be mixed by Vulcan Materials in
nearby Irwindale, California.
“The soils will be coming from several different places and Vulcan
will make the cushion mix out of a conglomeration of several types of
sands and clay, to our specifications. After the cushion is in place, we
will harrow and water it until the material is stabilized and this
should take at least one week.”