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April 19, 2012

The Thoroughbred Times conducted a recent study which determined that Presque Isle Downs & Casino is one of the safest race tracks in the nation for horses to run.

Presque Isle Downs & Casino scored a rate of 0.94 injury incidents per 1000 starts which is far below the industry standard of 3.29 per 1000 starts during the same 2009-2011 time period.

"On our Tapeta track there were 6600 runners in 800 races in 2011 and only 2 catastrophic breakdowns, which makes it one of the safest tracks in the United States," said Mike Tamburelli, VP and General Manager. "That tells you something. That tells you that the track is safe. That we are dedicated to ensuring the safety of the horses and that we have the personnel that know how to offer a stellar product without compromising the safety of the horses and jockeys."

Tapeta is a synthetic surface consisting of sand, fiber, rubber and a unique brand of wax.

Currently only four racetracks around the world feature the Tapeta surface: Tapeta Park in Tasmania, Meydan in Dubai UAE, Golden Gate Fields in Northern California and Presque Isle Downs in Pennsylvania.

"The philosophy was we wanted a surface that was fast but safe. We wanted to offer great racing featuring some of the best horses in the nation and we wanted to offer it in the safest possible format," said Debbie Howells, Presque Isle Downs & Casino Racing Director.

Tracks that have switched their main tracks from dirt to synthetic surfaces have fared significantly better in their accident rates than other tracks according to the study.

"This is a family friendly event," said Tamburelli. "We have a lot of children and young people who come here to watch the horses run. Unfortunately it is part of life that accidents occur and horse racing is no exception, so we are very proud to offer the safest racing in the nation."

Live racing at Presque Isle Downs & Casino runs from May 15, 2012 until September 29, 2012. Post times are Tuesday through Saturday at 5:25 pm EST.

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