Monitoring surface conditions of a Thoroughbred racetrack.

Chuck Clanton, C. Kobluk, R. A. Robinson, B. Gordon

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During a pilot study at a Thoroughbred racetrack, information was collected to include weather conditions and track surface properties (moisture content, composition, strength, and coefficient of friction between surface and hoof). Measured weather variables did not correlate to any pattern of horse injuries of breakdowns. Surface moisture content was variable, whereas the moisture content of the compacted cushion was constant. Track surfaces around the starting chutes were more compacted than were other areas of the track. Next to the rail, track surface was softer than the surface toward the middle of the track. The coefficient of friction between a hoof and the surface was not affected by location or surface moisture content.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)613-620
Number of pages8
JournalJournal of the American Veterinary Medical Association
Issue number4
StatePublished - Feb 15 1991


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