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The Polytrack at Woodbine looks like it has candy sprinkles on it after the new addition of jelly cable bits.
© Terence Dulay
Due to an incorrect wax formula used in the original installation, Woodbine's
Polytrack broke down during the cold Toronto winter making for a very loose surface
with severe kickback. Martin Collins, Polytrack's manufacturer, renovated the
surface in May to improve it. First, a new wax formula was added, and then "jelly
cable", the plastic insulation on copper wires, was mixed into the track.
You can see the jelly cable in this photo, where it resembles the sprinkles used on ice
cream cones and donuts. Woodbine CEO David Willmot said, "You chop it into small
pieces, so it forms part of the rubber component. What's important is it has a
petroleum jelly content to it. What's becoming clear is that jelly cable is critical to
holding the surface together during the colder weather, preventing separation and
moderating the effects of weather change."