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 paddock_at_fairmount_park_horse_race_track_in_collinsville_illinoisalso 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.

Synthetic: Composed of rubber and wax materials, synthetic tracks are strong, weather resistant and resemble dirt in appearance. These kinds of tracks often favor horses that are used to running on turf (grass). Additionally, synthetic surfaces are generally easier on horses causing them fewer injuries and possibly deaths. Finally, synthetic tracks have better drainage which means that races can be held in adverse weather conditions.

Ultimately, horses perform best on the surface(s) upon which they were bred and trained to perform. Some horses – such as the legendary Secretariat – can perform well on any surface. When handicapping races it is important that spectators consider breeding, past experience and the condition of the surface upon which the race will be held to determine which horse might perform best. Of course, surface condition can be customized with our 42” wide Handozer D3.5 MG drag. They are made of steel and are American made.