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The 14th season of Thoroughbred and Quarter Horse racing opens up with three brand new water trucks on the track. The trucks, specially designed for Indiana Grand, join six new John Deere tractors to kick off the new meet.

The water trucks were designed by Batts, Inc. based in Advance, Ind., just west of Indianapolis. The company specializes in unique equipment used for various job details, including de-icer vehicles utilized at airports. The trucks are larger than past models used at Indiana Grand and are International brand.

“The new trucks have a 4,000 gallon capacity apiece,” said Roy Smith, track superintendent. “There is a 30 foot boom off the passenger side and we now have capacity to water 40 feet of racetrack at one time. In the past, the capacity to water was only 20 feet, so we have doubled our capabilities with the new trucks.”

In addition, track maintenance has two new mowers they utilize for the infield and turf course upkeep. The turf course also got a boost earlier this year with the addition of more thermal blankets, which promote early and stronger growth of the bluegrass on the course.

Thermal blankets were first implemented by Smith last year at Indiana Grand. Additional blankets were added in 2016 and now, almost all of the seven-eighths mile turf course can be covered by the specialty blankets at once, leaving only a few feet exposed at one time.