Santa Anita to add more sand to new dirt track

There has been much concern through the first 16 days of Santa Anita’s winter-spring meet about the ultra-fast times that have already produced three track records.

On Monday, Santa Anita management announced it’s going to attempt to correct the problem.

Santa Anita president George Haines said a signifcant amount of sand will be added to the new $3 million track that initially consisted of about 90 percent sand and 10 percent clay. However, it’s believed by some that the heavy rains in December altered the balance of the components.

The maintenance will begin following training hours on Tuesday.

“The race track may have changed during periods of heavy rain, and we want to get it right back to where we started,” Haines said in a statement.

Haines, who succeeded Ron Charles as Santa Anita president in 2010, met with representatives of the California Thoroughbred Trainers on Monday morning to discuss the amount of sand that will be added and solicit opinions.

The Factor (6 furlongs), Square Eddie (6 1/2 furlongs) and Twirling Candy (7 furlongs) have set track records at Santa Anita through the first 16 days.

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