Tapeta course in South Flordia
What is Tapeta? Tapeta is a Thoroughbred Racing and Training surface comprised of a carefully selected mixture of the finest silica sand, wax, and fibers that have been extensively researched and simulated turf’s root structure. The system’s purpose is to reduce the amount of standing water on the racetrack by having porous layers of surface that the water flows through quickly. This has been tried and tested in all climates at Training and Racetracks around the world. Tapeta handles wet weather and heavy rainfall exceptionally well. Synthetic racing surfaces can withstand drastic weather changes and are believed to reduce injuries to horses and riders. Of course, there is some controversy; research has shown that fewer equine fatalities occur on synthetic courses than on dirt. Synthetic tracks are relatively new, and it might not be fair to compare numbers from a new surface to a track that owns a 100-year-old dirt course.
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Fun Facts: The Tapeta Training track at James Ewart’s yard in Scotland can receive over 100 inches of rain a year. James Ewart’s yard has never lost a training day due to rainfall. Also, the Tapeta training track at Tapeta Farm in Maryland received over 11 inches of rain in 12 hours from Hurricane Floyd, again without interrupting training. A Tapeta track copes with short heavy deluges and persistent rainfall over a long period.
Gulfstream adds Four stakes on the newly-installed Tapeta course will be featured during the Fall Meet, scheduled to get underway Thursday, September 30, 2021, and run through November 21, 2021.
Other racetracks –
Presque Isle Downs (Pennsylvania, USA)
Golden Gate Fields (San Francisco, USA)
Tapeta Park Racecourse (Devonport, Tasmania)
Wolverhampton Racecourse (UK)
Newcastle Racecourse (UK)
Woodbine Racecourse (Toronto, Canada)
The first official race on the Tapeta track is scheduled for September 23, 2021, when Gulfstream Park will make history. Gulfstream Park will become the only racetrack in the Americas to conduct races on turf, dirt, and Tapeta surfaces.
- Interested in racing on the Tapeta track? Contact Female Thoroughbred Trainer Jena Antonucci at 352-266-6555.
- Have a 2-year-old that needs breaking and training to get ready for next year? Contact Katie Miranda at 352-299-6720.
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