Strub Says Safety Comes First at Santa Anita: Assumes Personal Responsibility for Status of Tracks Race Strip, Daily Racing Form, 1951-06-30


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Strub Says Safety Comes First at Santa Anita Assumes Personal Responsibility For Status of Tracks Race Strip SANTA ANITA PARK, Arcadia, Calif.. June 29. — Assuming personal direction and j responsibility, executive vice-president Dr. Charles H. Strub of Los Angeles Turf Club, Inc., issued a statement yesterday assuring I horsemen that Santa Anita Park will have [ a first-class track with every safety condition for training and racing during the , coming season, Dec. 28 to March 8. The i intensive work done on the track since the ; close of the last season and the further ■ plans to insure a uniform, high-standard 1 footing in all weather conditions are set ; forth in the statement as follows: "Los Angeles Turf Club, Inc., fully realizes the importance and necessity to provide • the finest possible racing strip for the ! top-ranking program to be presented in • 1951-1952. Intensive work has been undertaken • and accomplished to correct the 1 faults that developed in the major reconstruction of the Santa Anita track two ► years ago. T have assumed the responsibility to direct the thorough re -conditioning of the racing strip and to regulate its uniformity, proper racing condition and safety during the training and racing seasons. I pledge ; my personal guarantee and that of Los Angeles Turf Club, Inc., that the program will find the Santa Anita track restored to the high standard it maintained before it was reconstructed. "It is the plan at Santa Anita Park to regulate the track so that beating track records will be unimportant. The proper base foundation and the top cushion will I be maintained to permit horses to train 1 and to race free of injury and to set uniform times and performances, according to their class and weather conditions. "The Santa Anita track, as now constructed, and with the availability of the most modern and complete equipment operated by expert craftsmen, will permit this conditioning and maintenance. It has a base foundation of selected soil and a top cushion containing the maximum amount of humus and other essentials. Perfect grades have been established. Hardness of past tracks have been reduced more than two-thirds by scientific examination and analysis. The current development on the track is a growing cover crop. This will be chopped and rototilled into the top cushion. The course will be worked regularly until early fall when it will be opened for training as one of the top racing strips in this country."

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