Santa Anita to reopen renovated surface next month

ARCADIA, Calif. (AP) Santa Anita's newly renovated main track will reopen for training on Sept. 2, three weeks before the autumn meet begins.

The one-mile track has been closed to training since July 11 while its original sand and clay mix was replaced by a single-source natural material known as El Segundo sand.

New track superintendent Dennis Moore says the indigenous soil will help ensure balanced drainage during wet weather and a uniform, safe cushion year-round.

He says about 21,000 yards of material were removed and installed, and he's pleased with how the sand is settling in.

The 24-day meet begins Sept. 26 and runs through Nov. 2, highlighted by the Breeders' Cup world championships for the third consecutive year.

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