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Forbes Interviews Engineer on Racetrack Safety

University of Maine professor of mechanical engineering Mick Peterson was interviewed for a Forbes magazine article about horse racing track construction and safety in advance of the Nov. 1–2 Breeders’ Cup races at Santa Anita Park in California. Peterson works with colleagues Christie Mahaffey, who earned a Ph.D. in engineering at UMaine, and C. Wayne McIlwraith of Colorado State University’s Orthopaedic Research Center to assess the safety of tracks nationwide. While synthetic-surfaced tracks are considered generally safer than dirt tracks, according to the article, Peterson says surface consistency is most important.

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