Keeneland Debuts New Dirt Surface on Main Race Track

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LEXINGTON, Ky. (Aug. 28, 2014) –Today Keeneland unveiled a new dirt racing surface that was installed this summer on its 1 1/16-mile main track. The dirt track is now open for training and will be featured when racing resumes at Keeneland for the Fall Meet, Oct. 3-25.

The dirt surface, comprised of sand, silt and clay native to Kentucky, features a unique drainage system designed to collect and discharge water consistently away from the track.

“The new materials and advanced technology available to monitor consistency and moisture content in the racing surface have enabled us to build a world-class dirt track that will be as safe as possible for horse and rider,” Keeneland President and CEO Bill Thomason said. “We are proud of the renovation and excited to welcome owners and trainers back to Keeneland.”

Conversion of the main track from a synthetic Polytrack surface to a dirt surface began May 19. Construction was completed on schedule in mid-August and the track was turned over to the track maintenance crew for conditioning.   

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