The 2022 edition of Track Superintendent Field Day will be held June 12-14 at Gulfstream Park in Hallandale Beach, Florida. This will mark the first time the event, which debuted in 2002 at Philadelphia Park (now Parx Racing), has been held at Gulfstream Park. The gathering brings together track superintendents and staff to discuss best practices related to track maintenance, safety and operational issues for racing and training facilities.
“We are thrilled to be heading to Florida in 2022,” said Roy Smith, founder of the event and track superintendent at Indiana Grand Racing and Casino. “Gulfstream Park is a world-class facility with terrific racing surfaces, so it will serve as a great host for track superintendents from around North America and beyond.”
“The team at Gulfstream Park and 1/ST RACING is truly looking forward to hosting the Superintendent Field Day for the first time. Being committed to the safety of all our racing participants, we appreciate working together to continue elevating standards of safe racing operations through events exactly like this one. We hope to host more of these events at our 1/ST PROPERTIES in the future,” said Aidan Butler, Chief Operating Officer, 1/ST RACING.
Thanks to the support of sponsors, including title sponsor Equine Equipment, the event again will offer free registration to all track superintendents and staff, with the only expenses being transportation and a discounted hotel rate.
“I always look forward to attending this meeting and getting the chance to share ideas and information with other track supers, so I’m excited to welcome everyone to Gulfstream Park next year,” said Tony Martinez Jr., track superintendent at the South Florida track.
“Track Superintendent Field Day always provides extensive educational information and networking, so we are proud to support this for the betterment of the industry,” said Steve Andersen of Equine Equipment. “The panels and speakers we bring together are instrumental in cultivating the superintendents of tomorrow and in building the skillsets of current supers. We urge tracks to send their key people to demonstrate willingness to invest in their future.”
In addition to the educational aspect, Track Superintendent Field Day has a charity aspect, and the 2021 meeting at Indiana Grand provided $500 donations to both the Permanently Disabled Jockeys Fund and New Vocations.
“The PDJF and New Vocations are both tremendously important to our industry, so we are happy to do our part in helping to support them with these donations,” said Smith. “We had a great event this year and being able to give back to the industry makes it even better.”
More information regarding registration and the agenda will be forthcoming at tracksupers.com.