A positive working relationship between the Track Owners, Commission Officials, and the Greyhound Owners and Trainers benefits everyone.
- It helps maintain healthy racing Greyhounds,
- Provides for a safe racing environment
- Produces clean races for the betting public
- Which leads to a profitable operation for the Track owners
By working together, the sport can create a positive experience to all that participate. With this in mind, it then becomes obvious that by creating an environment that optimizes the abilities of the athletes and minimizes their risk of injury is the first step towards creating the ultimate racing environment. The logical area to address first is the racing surface. It is the location that is the centerpiece of the Greyhound Racing Facility.There are many factors that affect the racing surface. The first step is to gain an understanding of these factors as they relate to the Greyhound racing gallop. Next we need to know the forces involved with the foot-surface interaction. From that we can design the racing environment to best receive surface impact. The last step, and most important, is maintaining the surface throughout the year and over time.
This topic will be addressed in two parts. The first part will cover the basics of the Greyhound racing gallop. The second part will cover how to evaluate the Greyhound Racing Surface. You can click on the links below to view these topics
Managing the Greyhound Racing Surface
Robert L. Gillette, DVM, MSE
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