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DeanT
04-01-2010, 11:15 PM
2010 Horseplayers Association of North America’s Track Ratings: Keeneland Retains its #1 Ranking. Full 69 Rated Tracks Are Released at HANA*

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 (http://www.paulickreport.com/blog/hana-track-ratings-1-keeneland/).)

"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, please click here (http://blog.horseplayersassociation.org/).

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 (http://www.jcapper.com/HANA/SignUp/HANASignUpForm.asp?source=1). It's free.

To look at our methodology and algorithm for the ratings system, please access the player resource section of our website http://www.horseplayersassociation.org/trackratingmetrics.html

To contact us at HANA, please email us at info @ hanaweb.org.

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 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.

kid4rilla
04-01-2010, 11:20 PM
KY tracks top 2 and 5 of the top 12

Horseplayersbet.com
04-02-2010, 12:28 AM
KY tracks top 2 and 5 of the top 12
If you notice, only 3 of the top 16 tracks have slots, and one (Oaklawn) has Instant Gaming.

When a track doesn't have alternative gaming, horse racing becomes the focal point, and pricing (takeout) matters.

Unfortunately, for many tracks with slots, racing has become a necessary evil.

JustRalph
04-02-2010, 02:13 AM
Nice work Bill :ThmbUp:

Charlie D
04-02-2010, 08:49 AM
Saratoga 16th Aqueduct 26th Belmont 27th :eek:


Some people associated with these tracks need to sit up and take notice of thier ranking in my humble opinion and definitely try harder.


:ThmbUp: Bill and HANA. Your sortable chart should be used by every capper imho.

Charlie D
04-02-2010, 09:57 AM
My fav track, Aqueduct rankings

WPS 11
Ex 3
Tri 65 :eek:
Super 62 :eek:
DD 5
P3 62 :eek:
P4 58 :eek:
Feild Size 37




NYRA does some good stuff imo, but as you can see, some people need to try harder as NYRA tracks should be up there with Kee GP, Tampa in my humble opinion.

Charlie D
04-02-2010, 10:57 AM
BTW Bill/HANA


Including Fav winning and ITM percentages in the ranking may be a good idea as i think they can be useful to the player just like TO % and Feild size numbers.


The wiinning/ITM percentages indicate competitiveness of racing so a useful player tool imo.