INGLEWOOD, Calif. (Jan. 22, 2010) – It’s been business as usual with horses training daily on Cushion Track despite heavy rainfall throughout the week at Hollywood Park.
Bob Baffert and several other trainers have shipped horses across town to work on Hollywood Park’s synthetic surface. Baffert’s workers have included Pacific Classic champion Richard’s Kid, Swaps winner Misremembered and Acorn winner Gabby’s Golden Gal.
Hollywood Park became the first Southern California track to install a synthetic surface prior to the 2006 Autumn Meet.
“With the old dirt track we would have missed a couple of days,” said Martin Panza, vice president-racing. “It would have been sealed and closed. Cushion Track is draining perfectly — just as designed.”
The Hollywood Park surface, installed at a cost of $8 million, includes a $2-million drainage system. The system consists of six miles of pipe, including four circuits running the circumference of the track. It is covered by a porous base and drains laterally.
“It’s been excellent,” trainer John Sadler said. “I’ve been there the last two mornings and it’s been super, really holding up well.”
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