I always forget that in the U.S the races are not run on turf as they are here in the U.K. It must be lead to very different conditions for the horses. Wonder if you have ever read any Dick Francis books Nan? I read loads decades ago and enjoyed them then, don't know if they would stand the test of time.
I think there are different surfaces on different tracks.I have read some DF. I liked the ones I read but apparently wasn't wild enough about them to read more. I should perhaps try some others. Sometimes I have trouble if the horse is in danger.
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