Friday, April 23, 2010

Talking Dirty in Indiana

Yesterday I was assigned to follow up on the injury of jockey Nelson Arroyo in Indiana Downs' eighth race on April 20. The story quickly grew as I spoke to more and more Indiana horsemen, and I found there is quite an uproar at the track over the safety of the surface. Arroyo was thrown to the track when his mount broke down in the stretch, an event which was one of three breakdowns and Indiana Downs over a three-day span. Some claim that the track, which doubles as a Standardbred track, has a poor base, and others claim that dirt added to the surface has made it too deep and stressful for the horses to run on, as well as inconsistent.

At morning's end, the news report had turned into a 700 word discussion with various Indiana horsemen. The link is provided below.

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