Santa Anita officials, looking to get to the bottom of a drainage problem with the new synthetic Cushion Track, will close it for training for about a week in order the test and adjust the existing material.
The Arcadia racetrack announced Wednesday that the main track will be closed after Monday morning's training sessions and probably will remain closed until Dec. 10.
Santa Anita's winter meeting begins Dec. 26.
"It's good they are addressing the situation now rather than closer to the start of the meet," trainer Kathy Walsh said.
The new track was installed at a cost of more than $10 million during the summer.
The drainage problem became evident during a rain before the opening of the Oak Tree meeting Sept. 26. That meet ended Nov. 4.