A fast track is a dirt track that is dry and properly graded and will provide even and solid footing for horses during races. Ideal weather conditions and proper track maintenance help to create fast tracks. If the track becomes slightly moist from a recent but short rainfall or other source of moisture, it will slow the pace slightly but generally won’t affect race results as good footing still is available for horses. A muddy track will slow the pace a great deal with its deep, saturated mud and can help slower horses keep pace with horses that otherwise are faster out of the gate.