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Message: I was having a chat to someone the other day who is of the firm belief that horses handle wet tracks differently if its raining as opposed to if the track is wet from residual moisture, ie, a horse who doesn't necessarily like the wet will go better on a Slow/Heavy track if its rated so due to rain from earlier as opposed to it pouring during the race. He thinks there is something in the psychology of horses and their heads getting wet. I've always thought it is more about their footing but would be interested in others' views.
Message: I suppose there could be a psychological element, but I've been told that there is a mechanical difference between surface water from current rain, as opposed to water embedded in the track itself.
For "traditional" heavy tracks smaller hooves get in and out more efficiently. But where it is raining on an otherwise firm ground the surface becomes slippery, which works against horses with bigger strides or horses trying to accelerate.
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