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Byline: Prof Wayne Wayne, city (1990 pop. 19,899), Wayne co., SE Mich., a suburb of Detroit, on the Lower Rouge River; inc. as a village 1869, and with surrounding areas as a city 1960. It has automobile and aircraft industries and other varied manufactures.  McIlwraith

CALIFORNIA's experience of synthetic surfaces has demonstrated the need for further research, research that Professor Wayne McIlwraith believes should have been carried out before the new tracks were installed.

McIlwraith, director of the university's Equine equine

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 Orthopaedic Research Centre, says: "People didn't do their homework before installing the tracks. We pleaded with them to do research first, but there was no research and then they spent $10 million on each racetrack."

McIlwraith is working on a project examining how synthetic surfaces react to changing temperatures. Last year, the study focused on Del Mar's Polytrack. "In Southern California Southern California, also colloquially known as SoCal, is the southern portion of the U.S. state of California. Centered on the cities of Los Angeles and San Diego, Southern California is home to nearly 24 million people and is the nation's second most populated region,  it is hot and dry. We found that, when the temperature rose, the wax melted melt  
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. Watering helps, but water is a precious commodity in Southern California.

"Every synthetic track in California California (kăl'ĭfôr`nyə), most populous state in the United States, located in the Far West; bordered by Oregon (N), Nevada and, across the Colorado River, Arizona (E), Mexico (S), and the Pacific Ocean (W).  is different and they have all had maintenance problems."

Yet McIlwraith still believes in synthetics. "This is not the time to cut and run. There is work to be done on the improvement of maintenance procedures."
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Title Annotation:Sports
Publication:The Racing Post (London, England)
Date:Nov 5, 2009
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