The Horseplayers Association of North America (HANA) has named
Keeneland as the No. 1 racetrack in North America for 2013. Keeneland
has earned the award for five consecutive years.
“The rating algorithm indicates betting value, and at Keeneland this
is exemplified perfectly,” HANA President Jeff Platt said. “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,
betable 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,”
Keeneland President and CEO Bill Thomason said. “We are fortunate to
have large, quality fields, and we 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 in the rankings by Churchill Downs, Gulfstream Park and Tampa Bay Downs.
The HANA Racetrack Ratings are based on an algorithm designed by HANA
Board member Bill Weaver, a retired engineer. Using studies and
empirical data that 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.
Full ratings and data can be found at HANA’s website, www.horseplayersassociation.org.