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Del Mar To Install Dirt Track

Thursday, 20th February 2014

Californian racetrack Del Mar plans to install a dirt track for its 2015 summer season, replacing the existing synthetic surface, track president Joe Harper said Tuesday. According to drf.com, development of the dirt track is contingent upon finding the "right material" and gaining the necessary permits, including approval from the California Coastal Commission. "I hope it happens," said Harper. "I think that's our plan. It's one step at a time with making sure we get the right permits. It's a matter of finding the right surface. It's a long list to check off before we can say it." Del Mar has had a Polytrack synthetic surface since 2007 and is the only Southern California track with such a surface. Barretts Sales and Racing at the Los Angeles County Fair, Los Alamitos, and Santa Anita have dirt tracks. Harper said the absence of another synthetic surface at Southern California tracks has hastened Del Mar's decision to replace its synthetic track. "The bottom line is we can't be the only one," he said. "That's a dangerous situation. The reason we put it in was so we'd all have the same tracks, but that didn't happen."

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