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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