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Wet Tracks

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Original Blog Post:

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.

 
Author: MD
Subject: Wet Tracks

Time: 11/2/2011 12:35:42 PM
 
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Author: Pinkline Jones
Subject: Re: Wet Tracks

Time: 12/2/2011 1:18:06 PM

Blog Reply:

Aw come on Speeds, a little splash of rain in the face wouldn't bother a Muy Thai warrior like yourself, surely :)

PINKLINE JONES CBE

 
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Author: Khaptingly
Subject: Re: Wet Tracks

Time: 11/2/2011 10:00:34 PM

Blog Reply:

Agree.


This post is going nowhere so,

If a punter goes to the pub for just a beer, he can be quite sensible and logical. Once he turns to have a punt, he become irrational and illogical.

And more...

Mostly when the Aussies were batting this summer the pitch was like minefield. As soon as Poms had their turn, it was a batsmens paradise. Funny that.

 
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Author: ron turcotte
Subject: Re: Wet Tracks

Time: 11/2/2011 7:54:55 PM

Blog Reply:


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.

Jockeys would be the ones to ask.

 
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Author: Weight Special
Subject: Re: Wet Tracks

Time: 11/2/2011 2:31:10 PM

Blog Reply:

People don't cope well with rain smashing them in the face either.

 
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