California board to review Santa Anita repairs

The California Horse Racing Board has assigned an engineering
expert to review repairs of Santa Anita’s synthetic track, which
has drainage problems.

The board asked Dr. Michael Peterson, an engineering professor
at the University of Maine, to inspect the track this week as part
of its responsibility to inspect and evaluate the state’s tracks
for safety.

Peterson is widely regarded as an expert on synthetic racing
surfaces. He will be joined for the inspection by CHRB executive
director Kirk Breed.

The racing board has been monitoring developments at Santa Anita
during the drainage repairs, along with the Thoroughbred Owners of
California and the California Thoroughbred Trainers.

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