Thursday, April 1, 2010

HANA Track Ratings: Keeneland #1, All 69 Tracks Released Here

For Immediate Release

(HANA, Charlottesville, Virginia) – The Horseplayers Association of North America (HANA) is proud to announce its second annual Proprietary Track Ratings have been released. This year, just like last, Keeneland in Lexington, Kentucky finished in the top spot. (To read about Keeneland click here.)

"No takeout on any wager higher than 19%, average field size of 9.38, and pool sizes that give the player every opportunity to make a big score. When we looked at the raw numbers, hands down, Keeneland was North America's highest rated track," said HANA President Jeff Platt. "We congratulate Keeneland on being tops in North America for the second year running."

“We were surprised to have won last year and thrilled to win again this year. I want to thank all the great people at Keeneland who make this possible,” said Keeneland President and CEO Nick Nicholson.

The HANA Track Ratings are based on an algorithm designed by HANA Board member Bill Weaver, a retired engineer of Houston, Texas. Using studies and empirical data which are directly correlated to horseplayer value and handle growth, namely takeout rate, field size, wager variety, pool size and signal distribution, a composite score is tabulated, and tracks are ranked from one to sixty nine.

HANA’s top five tracks were released this week on the Paulick Report, with full feature stories on each track. The top five in order were: Keeneland, Churchill Downs, Tampa Bay Downs, Gulfstream Park and Oaklawn Park. HANA would like to thank everyone at the Paulick Report for being a part of this year’s release.

To have a look at all 69 racetracks and where they ranked, here they are in order from one to sixty nine.

1 Keeneland
2 Churchill Downs
3 Tampa Bay Downs
4 Gulfstream Park
5 Oaklawn Park
6 Ellis Park
7 Evangeline Downs
8 Del Mar Thoroughbred Club
9 Atlantic City Race Course
10 Retama Park
11 Turfway Park
12 Kentucky Downs
13 Santa Anita Park
14 Delta Downs
15 Hollywood Park
16 Saratoga
17 Indiana Downs
18 Colonial Downs
19 Fairplex Park
20 CharlesTown
21 Will Rogers Downs
22 Fairgrounds
23 Sunland Park
24 Sam Houston Race Park
25 Ca. Racing Fairs
26 Aqueduct
27 Belmont Park
28 Louisiana Downs
29 Prairie Meadows Racetrack
30 Woodbine Racetrack
31 Hoosier Park
32 Golden Gate Fields
33 Fonner Park
34 Monmouth Park
35 Hawthorne Race Course
36 Arlington Park
37 Mountaineer Park
38 Remington Park
39 Lone Star Park
40 Delaware Park
41 Beulah Park
42 Finger Lakes
43 Canterbury Park
44 Penn National
45 Turf Paradise
46 Zia Park
47 Emerald Downs
48 Hastings Park
49 Yavapai Downs
50 Fair Meadows Tulsa
51 Calder Race Course
52 Portland Meadows
53 Fairmont Park
54 Thistledown
55 Philadelphia Park
56 Pimlico Race Course
57 Northlands Park
58 Los Alamitos
59 SunRay Park
60 Albuquerque
61 Ruidoso Downs
62 Presque Isle Downs
63 River Downs
64 Suffolk Downs
65 Fort Erie Race Track
66 Laurel Park
67 Arapahoe Park
68 Pinnacle Race Course
69 Assiniboia Downs

We will again be adding our full 2010 numbers for all 69 rated tracks as a player resource on our website, including data on takeouts, field size and much more. This data will be sortable, and we hope players will be able to make sound wagering decisions based on the listed categories.

HANA would like to thank Greg Reinhart, HANA member and racefan, for writing this year's feature stories.

To join us at HANA and be a part of next years ratings by offering your opinion, click here. It's free.

To look at our methodology and algorithm for the ratings system, please access the player resource section of our website here:

To contact us at HANA, please email us at info @

The Horseplayers Association of North America is a grassroots group of horseplayers, not affiliated with any organization, who are not pleased with the direction the game has taken. HANA believes that both tracks and horseman groups have become bogged down with industry infighting and have completely forgotten something: The importance of the customer. HANA hopes, through proactive change on several key issues (including but not limited to), open signal access, lower effective takeouts, wagering integrity, affordable data and customer appreciation, the industry’s handle losses can be reversed. HANA is currently made up of over 1500 horseplayers (both harness and thoroughbred) from almost all states and Canadian provinces. It currently represents over $70,000,000 of yearly racing handle.

Our web address is and interested horseplayers can sign up there for free. We are horseplayers, just like you and we are trying to make a difference. We need, appreciate, and ask humbly for your support.


Anonymous said...

Great list, and one I will refer to in the future. Are there any plans to create a similar list for harness tracks?

HANA said...

Thinking about that, but we are having trouble finding time. If you or anyone wants to help, please let us know.

Anonymous said...

You must be a fool!

The Beulah Pick-6 has been a joke all along, and just when it started to gain attention, it became more and more of a joke.

Nothing that cannibalizes itself can be "the idea that saves racing", as racing has long been known for cannibalizing itself.

Anonymous said...

Interesting and useful list. I think other areas need to be considered: field size, average purse, average win payout (balance of field), daily betting handle, number of people attending on average, amenities in physical facility including condition and food availability; these items have different weightings, of course, but Presque Isle Downs, for example, in Erie, PA has really come on lately!