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The condition of a race track is an important consideration in assessing a horse’s performance in a race. The major factors of the race track condition to consider in evaluating prospective horse performance include:

  • the surface conditions

  • the type of surface

  • the track configuration

  • the racing speed

Race track conditions are influenced by the following factors:

  • soil type

  • density

  • porosity

  • compaction

  • moisture content

Here are some detailed looks at different types of track conditions.

Dirt Track Conditions

Fast - When track conditions are running the dirt is packed tight for a premium conditions for some horses. When the track is Fast , that is when track records are broken

Wet-Fast The track has fast times and is running fast but the hard surface has a thin layer of water , They call this wet - fast- The track has fast times and is running fast but the hard surface has a thin layer of water , They call this wet - fast

Good   The dirt is drying out and slowing the track down.

Muddy   The surface is muddy do to rain and wet conditions

Sloppy  This is a very wet water logged surface where water has pooled up on the track.

Frozen  The is a very hard surface where a wet track has frozen

Slow  The dirt is deep and drying out producing slow track times.

Heavy  In this state the were the dirt is very deep and dry producing very slow times

Turf (Grass) Course Conditions

Firm  Turf is a dry firm surface running fast

Good  Sort of firm with slight moisture

Soft  The turf contains some moisture and has give

Yielding  Deep wet turf that runs slow

Heavy  Very wet deep turf - this runs the slowest

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