To the uninitiated – those who are have little to no knowledge of horse racing – there probably appears to be no difference between one track and another. But for those who have greater knowledge about the “Sport of Kings,” what a track is made of matters immensely in handicapping the races that will be held there. At Handozer Distributing, not only does our have equipment grade driveways, our sturdy also works on indoor and outdoor horse arenas. For those who have recently become interested in horse racing here are the differences in the types of tracks there are and how and why they make a difference in the outcome of races.
Turf: This is the most common kind of racetrack surface in European horse racing. The main drawback to it is that it is vulnerable to weather conditions such as rain. Moreover, wet turf can slow a horse’s pace making even a reliable performer unpredictable. For this reason, races held on turf surfaces are vulnerable to cancellation depending on the weather conditions.
Dirt: In the US, Japan and Canada “dirt” racing is the traditional racing surface and is therefore prominent at most well known races such as the Triple Crown series. Dirt surfaces have the advantage of varying depending on the sand content, drainage, etc. These surfaces also create less friction on the hooves of horses. The disadvantage is that, like turf surfaces, they are vulnerable adverse weather conditions.