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Santa Anita could announce new track composition this week

October 20, 2010 | 12:25 pm

Santa Anita President George Haines said Wednesday that the Arcadia track is close to a consensus agreement with trainers, owners and the California Horse Racing Board on the composition for a new dirt track, and that he hopes an announcement could come later this week.

Santa Anita is in the process of removing its Pro-Ride synthetic surface. Haines said this week's rainy weather has not affected the schedule for putting in a new surface.

The track is scheduled to be ready in time for Santa Anita's winter-spring opener on Dec. 26.

-- Eric Sondheimer