10/11/2016 8:16AM

Santa Anita planning to give turf course short rest next spring

Benoit & Associates
Vyjack wins the City of Hope Mile on Saturday over Santa Anita's new turf course. Santa Anita plans to give the course a two-week break next spring.

ARCADIA, Calif. – Santa Anita is planning to conduct racing on a three-day schedule for two consecutive weeks in April to rest the turf course, senior vice-president Joe Morris said last weekend.

Speaking at a forum conducted by the Thoroughbred Owners of California, Morris said the three-day racing weeks will be held on April 14-16 and 21-23, the first two weeks of the track’s spring-summer meeting. During that time, there will be no turf racing.

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The track installed a new turf course in June which went into use at the start of the autumn meeting on Sept. 30.

Morris said Santa Anita’s schedule for the 2017 season will be similar to those in 2014 and 2015. The winter-spring meeting will run from Dec. 26 to April 9. The spring-summer meeting will begin April 14 continue through July 4. With six months of continuous racing, track officials want to rest the turf course briefly.

The 2017 racing calendar was approved by the California Horse Racing Board earlier this year. Santa Anita has yet to file applications with the racing board detailing specific racing days for the winter-spring and spring-summer meetings. The application for the winter-spring meeting will be heard by the racing board later this month or in November.

Frank More than 1 year ago
Just move the BC out of CA and everything will be fine -- The racetracks there are all bad.

Move it to BEL -- I'd rather deal with the weather then a bad racing oval.
Mikeb1961sports More than 1 year ago
Frank can remodel the turf club into a hangout for "beautiful" people who won't punt a dime, but if Tuesday cards at Finger Lakes have better gambling races, what's the point?
Mikeb1961sports More than 1 year ago
Oh I forgot, it's LA, the millennials are there to be seen.  
Frank More than 1 year ago
Mike do you even know how to read...I dont care about turf club -- I said turf course!

Its no wonder why I always get good odds in this sport -- a lot of idiots like you who cant read and comprehend.
William More than 1 year ago
@Frank knowns ZERO about Turf.
Except "maybe" he knows it's suppose to be green.  
Frank More than 1 year ago
You are missing the point William and you are right I dont know how to maintain the grass on the turf course -- I know how to bet turf racing.

I am only referring to the configuration of the track as to whether its a worthy turf course for fair turf racing and like most american turf courses its not -- its too small.  The only thing its good for is the 6 1/2 furlough race down the hill which I do love.

The only good turf tracks in north america are BEL, KD, AP, WO (the best), SAR (questionable), KEE (questionable), LRL (questionable)

William More than 1 year ago
Joe Morris concern should be about the condition of the the turf course first week of this Noverber with all the cheap claiming and maiden races run on it just to fill races. 
Aerating the newly installed course some much hasn't let a root system develop.
For a new turf course to develop a good root system it's "best" to wait one year before aerating.
Chas More than 1 year ago
Another dumb move by the clueless brain trust running SA....why not run the same 4 days with 8 races Thurs, Friday, Sunday with 9 races on Saturday - plus run just 1 turf race on Saturday and exclude turf workouts for those two weeks....
Frank More than 1 year ago
Again -- the type of grass dont matter -- its not the problem -- its the configuration of the oval -- its way to small and tight.

Reconfigure the dirt/turf oval and make it a 1 1/2 mile racing oval.  Then they will come...
Brian Duntugan More than 1 year ago
A 1 mile main track & 1 1/2 mile turf course like Woodbine racetrack near Toronto, ON, Canada would be a great idea 4 Santa Anita.
Frank More than 1 year ago
You are right Brian -- I like that configuration @ WO.

Would be the most beautiful track in the world since SA already has the scenery back drop.
Marty Brink More than 1 year ago
Why spend al the money to reconfigure the Turf course Frank with the Attendance and handle  being off and the drought ongoing? Keeping the grass green and safe is not as simple as just watering it.
Frank More than 1 year ago
The reason handle is going down is because they are not attracting the horses from Mid/East coast/Euros because no one wants to travel all the way out there to run on a speed bias race course that favors locals -- the Euros hate it most.  I even bet a lot less on BC day whenever its held there for that reason.

That's why they are always running four/five horse fields with no action -- I dont bet there anymore.