The long-awaited study on how to adjust handicapping skills to the new surfaces, this book covers questions about the impact of the new surface (designed to cut down on the number of injured horses) have yet to be answered. Finley believes the surface is here to stay. In a dozen chapters he discusses track bias, which sires are likely to have offspring that will benefit, the switch from dirt to synthetic and vice versa, exactly what polypropylene is and what is the future of the substance. He includes comments and analysis by jockeys, track personnel, the inventors and originators of the surface may make the subject easier to comprehend. The book has a list of "synthetic surface sires" showing you who does well and who does not (through December of 2007), and predicts harness racing will soon adopt the new surface. 159 pages, hardbound, 2008.