Synthetics forum

I’m here at the Fasig-Tipton sales pavilion at the all-day forum on synthetic surfaces. The first two panels were track execs and vets; the first was informative, interesting, and at times lively; the second less so, which disappointed me, as vets are the ones who can go beyond anecdotal information to provide real data about the effects of the surfaces on horses and humans.

I was tempted to live blog the proceedings, but decided that that would be unutterably boring, so I’ll post a synthesized (pun intended!) report tonight/tomorrow morning.

This afternoon’s panels are trainers, jockeys, and researchers.

More later…you can check out Railbird’s Raceday 360 Twitter reports for occasional quotations…

3 thoughts on “Synthetics forum

  1. Thanks for doing the hard work for us, Alan. I knew about the forum, but instead did the usual off-day Saratoga chores, a little laundry, a little organizing the house, etc. And, of course, handicapping tomorrow.MOre seriously, I had dinner with Jim Gallagher of the NY Thoroughbred Horsemen’s Ass’n, who also attended at least some of the forum. Jim said that he thought tyhe net effect would be to slow down the rush to synthetics while more data is accumulated.

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