FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE(April 4, 2013, Charlottesville, VA): The Horseplayers Association of North America has released their annual Racetrack Ratings. In 2013, for the fifth consecutive year, no track could displace Keeneland as the number one rated racetrack in North America.
“The rating algorithm indicates betting value, and at Keeneland this is exemplified perfectly,” said HANA President Jeff Platt. “With no takeout rate on any bet higher than 19%, a large field size of 9.45 horses per race, and a race office cognizant of carding interesting, bettable races for customers, Keeneland came out on top once again.”
“It’s an honor for Keeneland to be recognized by HANA for the fifth consecutive year as the nation’s No. 1 track for horseplayers,” said Keeneland President Bill Thomason. “We are fortunate to have large, quality fields, and strive to offer a wide variety of wagering options and a reasonable takeout rate. We remain committed to showcasing horse racing in a way that appeals to all horseplayers and appreciate HANA’s recognition of those efforts.”
Keeneland was followed by Churchill Downs, up from last year’s 4th place rating, Gulfstream Park, which held steady at 3rd, and Tampa Bay Downs, which moved down from 2nd to 4th.
Of the medium-sized tracks, or those with shorter meets, Kentucky Downs vaulted from 29th to 5th on the heels of their very successful 2012 boutique meet, where they reduced takeout precipitously and increased their pool size by 64.8%. Sam Houston had another strong year, and was again highly ranked.
Perennial horseplayer and fan favorite Saratoga continued their strong showing in the rankings with a slight increase in field size from 2012.
The HANA Racetrack Ratings are based on an algorithm designed by HANA Board member Bill Weaver, a retired engineer. Using studies and empirical data which are directly correlated to horseplayer value and handle growth, key factors including takeout rate, field size, wager variety, pool size and signal distribution are weighted. A composite score is then tabulated, and the 67 racetracks are ranked.
The sortable rankings sheet, with takeout data, pool size and track information, as well as the new sortable payouts sheet, will be uploaded on the HANA website next week.
2013 HANA Racetrack Ratings
|Tampa Bay Downs|
|Will Rogers Downs|
|Fair Meadows Tulsa|
|Ca. Racing Fairs|
Click image below to enlarge to see composite scores
The Horseplayers Association of North America is a grassroots group of horseplayers, not affiliated with any organization. HANA believes that both tracks and horseman groups have lost sight of 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, uniform and fair medication rules, wagering integrity, affordable data and customer appreciation, the industry’s handle losses can be reversed. HANA is currently made up of over 2,500 horseplayers (both harness and thoroughbred) from almost all states and Canadian provinces. We currently represent over $100,000,000 of yearly racing handle.
Our web address is http://www.horseplayersassociation.org 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.
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