Tapeta Surface at Gulfstream Park Ready in 2 Weeks

According to the Blood-horse, synthetic racing will soon join dirt racing on the wagering menu at Gulfstream Park.

The Florida track began notifying horsemen Sept. 2 that its Tapeta track, which is being installed on the outer portion of its turf course, would be ready for use in approximately two weeks. At that time, the turf course will be rested and seeded in preparation for racing later in the year.

Races scheduled for turf in the condition book will be moved to the Tapeta, which will require adjusting distances scheduled at 7 1/2 furlongs and a mile to a longer distance of a mile and 70 yards on the Tapeta.

The Tapeta was added to reduce wear on its turf course and to retain field size when rain forces races off the grass. Synthetic tracks handle inclement weather better than dirt and turf and remain fast when they drain efficiently.

Many observers feel turf-specializing horses are more likely to transfer their form to a synthetic surface than to a dirt one.

In North America, Tapeta is the surface in use at Turfway ParkGolden Gate FieldsPresque Isle Downs, and Woodbine—though it is the main track at those facilities. Tapeta is comprised of silica sand, wax, and fibers…

PA Track and Casino to Resume Horse Racing on July 27

All guests and staff will be required to wear masks and will have their temperature checked at the door, according to the casino.

Only the main, south, and north entrances will be open for guests to use.

The casino will open half its slot machines and half its table games to maintain social distancing.

Casino restaurants will be subject to some changes, including a limited menu for Churchill’s Bourbon and Brew.

Q. Will the BetAmerica Sportsbook be open?
A. Yes, every other seat has been removed inside the Sportsbook. There will be 39 out of the 50 betting kiosks located safely throughout the casino.

Q. What should I do with my BetAmerica sports wagering tickets made prior to closure on cancelled or postponed games?
A. Each event has been handled a little differently. Some tickets have been refunded whilw others are still valid but need to wait until the event was completed. Please call us at 866-ERIE-FUN and ask for the BetAmerica ticket redemptions and they will be happy to determine the answer for you.

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AGOS Claimer of the Week: Big Risk, Big Reward

Horse Racing Claimer of the Week at AGameofSkill.com Economic Risk moved from mid-pack in the turn to draw near the lead, challenged the leader at the top of the stretch and ran to victory in the eighth race at Presque Isle Downs last Thursday defeating $5,000 claimers in the process. Economic Risk has been named the agameofskill.com Claimer of the Week. The daughter of Any Given Saturday covered the 5 1/2 furlongs on the Tapeta 1:05.32 and returned a whopping $35.00 to her backers once her seventh career victory was official. Ridden by Huber Villa-Gomez, the bay mare has now finished in the money (top three finishers) in 19 of 37 lifetime races. The 7 year old is trained by Brenda Ketring and has earned $96,000 in her career. Economic Risk is owned by her trainer.

Claimer of the Week: Presque Isle Downs Runner

Horse Racing Claimer of the Week at AGameofSkill.comScarlett’s Number rallied wide into the stretch and wore down rivals to win the second race at Presque Isle Downs last Wednesday night by a nose. Scarlett’s Number returned a whopping $28.40 to win after her victory over $12,500 claimers was made official. The daughter of Victory Gallop has been named the agameofskill.com Claimer of the Week. Ridden by Angel Quinones, Scarlett’s Number stopped the time at 1:43.04 for the mile and 70 yard contest. The 8 year old is trained by Brandon Kulp. The roan mare is owned by Joseph Besecker and has won 11 career races and finished in the money (top three finishers) 21 of 53 lifetime races. Her career earnings are approximately $220,000.

Presque Isle runner is AGameofSkill Claimer of the Week

Claimer of the Week at AGameofSkill.comJ. T. Kingfisher captured the fourth race at Presque Isle Downs last Wednesday night (May 30) with an exciting late run under veteran rider Harry Vega. The Glenn Wismer trainee covered the 6 ½ furlongs on the Tapeta surface in 118.43. The 8 year old paid 17.60 to win even though he had five previous victories at Presque Isle. It was the ninth career win for the gelding that has tallied 23 in the money finishes from 49 lifetime starts. All of his victories have been on either grass or All-Weather surfaces. Owned by Joseph Novogratz, J. T. Kingfisher has earned approximately $115,000 in his career.

— Art Parker