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Santa Anita Sues Cushion Track Over Track Problems
Meanwhile in a dramatic development overnight, the Los Angeles Turf Club (operator of Santa Anita Park) "has filed a federal lawsuit against Cushion Track Footing seeking restitution for the troubled surface that led to the cancellation of 11 live dates in the 2007-08 winter/spring meeting due to drainage issues," reported thoroughbredtimes.com. Santa Anita "is seeking US$5.225 million to cover the original cost of 19,375 tons of the Cushion Track surface, which was installed in the summer of 2007; US$1.369 million in repair costs after drainage problems arose; & US$1.831-million for further repairs performed by Australian-based synthetic surface manufacturer Pro-Ride after Cushion Track Footing allegedly was unwilling and/or unable to resolve defects in the surface". The lawsuit also cites additional damages "in an amount that would be determined in a jury trial" from the loss of racing dates.