Friday, May 12, 2006
California lifts quota on imported races

A new law adopted on 11 May by the Californian Senate will lift the existing quota of 23 outer state races (national and international) that can be imported daily for wagering purposes.

California is also adopting a new law that would make it mandatory for racetracks to race on a track surface with artificial components. Polytrack is the most renowned supplier of such race track surface.

The new track surface would become a condition for any track that wishes a license to operate four weeks of continuous racing in a calendar year. The estimated costs for installing the new surface are between $6 million and $9 million.

According to the racing’s regulatory body, the Californian Horse racing Board, Polytrack creates a more consistent surface for horses to run on and will be safer for everyone.