Oklahoma Training Track in Saratoga in Line for Renovation

They’re digging again.

Saratoga Springs residents who were wondering what that gigantic mountain of dirt was doing just inside the Nelson Avenue backstretch gate of Saratoga Race Course last winter might have another one to ponder this winter.

This time, it would be somewhere in the vicinity of the Oklahoma Training Track.

The New York Racing Association has already stripped some ground around the Oklahoma, which officially closed for training last Tuesday, as a first step toward examining whether any renovation to the surface needs to be done.

That type of work was performed on the main track in time for the 2020 racing meet and was met with universal approval from horsemen and jockeys.

The main track upgrade was such a hit that Hall of Fame trainer Steve Asmussen, who has a history of mostly training his horses on the Oklahoma, actually sent his champion mare Midnight Bisou over to the main for two breezes in July leading up to the Personal Ensign.

If NYRA does a similar job on the Oklahoma, it should improve what is already considered one of the most forgiving dirt training surfaces in North America…

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