Turf Paradise Adds Polypropylene To Grass Track Making
For A More Cohesive Racing Surface
The legendary grass race track at Turf Paradise is getting a high-tech makeover.
Polypropylene fibers are being added to half of the 7/8 of a mile Turf Course from the finish line through the Clubhouse Turn to the Backstretch.
The Polypropylene consists of fine fibers which resemble small compact ribbons when installed.
When added to the Turf Course they form a net-like structure for the roots of grass. The grass then grows more securely than it would in traditional soil.
The Polypropylene secures the grass, keeping it in place and allowing it to better withstand the rigors of horse racing. It also provides a more stable surface on which to race.
The net result of the Polypropylene netting should be a safer track and more opportunities to race on the Turf Course. Over 2,600 pounds of polymer has been installed.
Turf Paradise General Manager Vince Francia said, “After seeing a dramatic decrease in break downs last year, we continue our efforts to not only reduce equine fatalities but to get that number to zero. Whether it’s on the dirt or on the turf, we will avail ourselves to proven safety solutions such as this.”
Turf Paradise is Arizona’s first sports franchise, and has operated continuously at the same location at 19th Ave and Bell since 1956. It offers one of the longest racing seasons in the United States thanks to Arizona’s great weather. Through Off Track Betting networks its races are viewed at OTB locations all over the United States and worldwide.