The National Thoroughbred Racing Association (NTRA) and the University of Kentucky announced today that the inaugural racetrack manager certification program, an online curriculum for turf surface maintenance personnel, will host its second session on Monday, June 14 at 11 a.m. ET.
Titled Growing Grass for Compression and Wear, Monday’s two-hour session will feature presentations by Kenland Race Roofs Manager Jim Penderst and Jimmy Reeves of Atlantic Tractor, who will present findings on John Deere research and development. Topics and participants include:
“Aerating the lawn – why, how and when.” – Mike Buckholder, Buckholder & Company;
“How Often in Practice: Lessons from Del Mar, Woodbine, Fair Grounds, and Churchill Downs.” – Panel discussion led by Michael “Mick” Peterson, Ph.D., Director of the University of Kentucky Racetrack Safety Program and Executive Director of the Race Surface Testing and Testing Laboratory (RSTL);
“Choice of Tractor (100 HP with Crawl), Tires and Towing vs. 3 Points (John Deere Research and Development)” – Jamie Reeves, Atlantic Tractor;
“Upper dressing and surface maintenance. What can you add or use to eliminate wear and splits? Why choose one thing over another?” — Jeffrey Rinehart, MA, Turfgrass Management Lecturer, University of Maryland, and Logan Freeman, Mountain Branch Golf Club, Juba Maryland.
“Divot mix, seed germination and use of incisors.” – Jim Pendergest and John N. “Trey” Rogers, III, Ph.D, Professor of Turfgrass Research, Michigan State University;
Choosing farming equipment. — Michael Guatley Jr., Ph.D., Professor and Turfgrass Extension Specialist, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, and Beth Guertal, Ph.D., Professor of Crop, Soil and Environmental Sciences, Auburn University.
Individuals who have pre-registered in https://www.ntra.com/rmcp/ The Zoom link will be sent out prior to Monday’s webinar.
The Track Manager Certificate Program curriculum is designed for those already working in jobs with turf surface maintenance. Online lessons are free. Individuals who complete the video courses and pass a test that requires a $50 fee, will receive a Certificate of Completion from the University of Kentucky. Participating Thoroughbred racetracks whose personnel are registered will receive credit toward future certification by the NTRA Safety & Integrity Alliance.
The Turf Management course curriculum was developed by Michael “Mick” Peterson, Ph.D., Director of the University of Kentucky’s Racetrack Safety Program and Executive Director of the Surface and Raceway Testing Laboratory (RSTL).