The surprise rainstorm that hit the San Gabriel Valley last week brought the problem of Santa Anita's synthetic track drainage problems to the surface once again, as the storm left small pools of water on the track.
Ian Pearse, the Australian synthetic track expert who has been working with Santa Anita, is recommending that the track's asphalt base be replaced. He said that would be done after first grading away seven inches of sand, synthetics, rubber and polymer binder that make up the surface. He estimates the project would take two to three weeks.
"We might do different sections of the track at different times, but I'd prefer removing the entire surface, then replacing the entire base," Pearse said. He also said that the surface, which he repaired earlier this year, needs more work.
Santa Anita President Ron Charles said this latest repair project still has to be approved by Frank Stronach, chairman of Magna Entertainment, Santa Anita's parent company. And Charles said that the work would probably not begin until after the end of the current Hollywood Park meeting on July 13 because many of the horses that race there train at Santa Anita.