SYNTHETIC TURF?

Nick Hahn writing on his blog “Nick’s Picks” points out something interesting about the Colonial Downs’ turf course…

If you happen to notice in the two pictures of the previous post, Terrill won her race on Sunday in front running fashion and has spotless clean silks, rarely seen yet this summer. For Homeister who won from off the pace, her silks are peppered with soil from the soft track and according to some jockeys…rubber. (Editor’s note: click on the photo and you can see what he’s talking about.)

The Secretariat turf course was top dressed with crum rubber, tiny rubber fragment made from recycled tires. Used primarily in athletic fields, Colonial wanted the product to absorb sunlight, warm the ground and get the Bermuda growing faster. Walking the 180 foot wide turf course, it appears to have that cured.

“We’ve got enough cover over it, that it’s not rubber,” explained J.D. Thomas, Colonial’s superintendent. “The rubber is well below the thatch. I’ve been out on the course looking for it and I can’t find it and I’m the one that’s put it there…

To read the entire article on Nick’s blog, click here.