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Synthetic Surface Forum Planned In US
Leading jockeys, trainers, track officials and veterinarians are scheduled to meet in a one-day forum to discuss the installation of synthetic surfaces on New York racetracks, reported thoroughbredtimes.com. Planned for July 29 at Fasig-Tipton in Sarataga Springs, the event will study the pros and cons of switching the state's 4 thoroughbred tracks from dirt to synthetic. "Safety is now at the forefront of issues affecting the racing industry," said NY State Racing and Wagering Board Chairman Daniel Hogan. "It is incumbent upon this task force to undertake a cost-benefit analysis to help determine if these artificial surfaces are the best and safest route for our horses and jockeys who ride them."