The rain went from sprinkles to a downpour during Friday morning warm-ups at Santa Anita Park, but the race track didn’t get muddy.

A synthetic track meant to withstand all weather conditions was installed recently as part of a broader effort by the California Horse Racing Board to cut down on racehorse injuries.

The board, which in 2006 mandated major California racetracks replace dirt surfaces with synthetics as a safety measure, is now coordinating a study on the relationship between equine injuries and turf type.

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