Keeneland responds to rumors about surface switch

With rumors circulating in social media circles that Keeneland was planning to replace its synthetic Polytrack and go back to dirt for the Fall meet, officials with the Lexington track issued a statement Thursday reaffirming its plans to stick with its current surface.

The following statement was issued by Keeneland president and chief executive officer Bill Thomason.

“We have one of the safest racing surfaces in America and there are no immediate plans to change it. Keeneland draws the top horses and horsemen in the country and our races are among the highest quality offered anywhere. We have among the largest field size in the country, our handle has increased, and our attendance is up.

 

Polytrack is the most prevalent of the all-weather surfaces available and remains a viable, reliable surface as evidenced by the fact that other venues continue to use it, including Lingfield—who was the first to adopt the surface and recently elected to re-install it, as well as Caulfield Race Course in Australia.

 

We’ve always said that our efforts to improve racing are a journey not a destination. We are committed to having a surface that provides the best safety possible for horses and riders while also attracting the sport’s top horses and trainers to compete at this place that showcases the best of Thoroughbred racing.

 

This is an ongoing process and we will never compromise on either safety or quality.”