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When will Oaklawn put a turf track in?
« on: May 06, 2017, 06:57:47 pm »

I thinks it is long overdue to buck tradition and add a turf track at Oaklawn. This would open the door for a fall meet, in which the weather is at its best. They would get a Breeders Cup, and could show the Razorback football games on the infield. Has this already been beaten down?
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Re: When will Oaklawn put a turf track in?
« Reply #1 on: May 06, 2017, 08:17:48 pm »

I thinks it is long overdue to buck tradition and add a turf track at Oaklawn. This would open the door for a fall meet, in which the weather is at its best. They would get a Breeders Cup, and could show the Razorback football games on the infield. Has this already been beaten down?
Don't think it will happen as long as Cella owns Oaklawn.
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Re: When will Oaklawn put a turf track in?
« Reply #2 on: May 06, 2017, 08:44:55 pm »

Let me know where the turf course goes through the first turn.
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Re: When will Oaklawn put a turf track in?
« Reply #3 on: May 06, 2017, 08:58:57 pm »

I don't think it will ever happen.  If it ain't broke don't fix it...Oaklawn has it going on plus the Cella family will never sell and they are traditionalists.
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Re: When will Oaklawn put a turf track in?
« Reply #4 on: May 06, 2017, 10:26:36 pm »

How hard would it be to maintain in January, February  and March?
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Re: When will Oaklawn put a turf track in?
« Reply #5 on: May 07, 2017, 08:50:42 am »

I think they should do a short meet, early March through Derby day....then do a September thru mid November meet. They obviously have the purses to play with the big boys now.
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Re: When will Oaklawn put a turf track in?
« Reply #6 on: May 07, 2017, 09:31:05 am »

They have been buying up all the land behind the track.   The track would have to be completely reconfigured for a turf course to fit in.  I prefer turf racing to dirt any day.
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Re: When will Oaklawn put a turf track in?
« Reply #7 on: May 08, 2017, 12:55:26 am »

The cellas whole family isnt traditionalists.   Old man cella is.  The sons want to do a lot of things that are shot down by the dad.   We will start seeing some changes when he is gone.   And a turf track isn't part of these changes.
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Re: When will Oaklawn put a turf track in?
« Reply #8 on: May 29, 2017, 12:04:10 pm »

To answer the OP's question, The Twelfth of Never
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Re: When will Oaklawn put a turf track in?
« Reply #9 on: November 02, 2017, 04:02:09 pm »

It be nice. Would like to be able to attend a Breeders Cup. And it be interesting to see what happens when Cella isn't making the final decision.
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Re: When will Oaklawn put a turf track in?
« Reply #10 on: November 02, 2017, 04:11:35 pm »

It be nice. Would like to be able to attend a Breeders Cup. And it be interesting to see what happens when Cella isn't making the final decision.

There's always going to be a Cella making the final decision. Hopefully his kids make changes.
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Re: When will Oaklawn put a turf track in?
« Reply #11 on: November 02, 2017, 10:27:50 pm »

the son and grandson are really really progressive and sharp. dad/grandad just says no to everything. already noticing the improvements as grandpa goes down hill...
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Re: When will Oaklawn put a turf track in?
« Reply #12 on: November 03, 2017, 12:53:20 am »

Isn't the track located within the confines of a national park?

If so, how does that affect changes that might be considered, such as putting in a turf course that would require fertilizing, watering and assorted other maintenance? No effect whatsoever?

I once thought -- perhaps, mistakenly -- that the track was very limited in regards to such matters, considering its location.
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Re: When will Oaklawn put a turf track in?
« Reply #13 on: November 03, 2017, 01:00:28 am »

you are correct. thats the exact reason why we can't race when the track freezes. we let the track freeze bc we spread the stuff that places like AQU does. sucks. but we depend on water here lol gotta keep it clean
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