LEXINGTON, KY (April 2, 2012) – The Horseplayers Association of North America (HANA) has released their Annual Racetrack Ratings. In 2012, for the fourth consecutive year, Keeneland is the number one rated Thoroughbred racetrack in North America.
“We are so humbled to once again receive this honor,” said Keeneland President and CEO Nick Nicholson. “This ranking is very important to us for many reasons, especially because we have enormous respect for HANA and its mission to give horseplayers a voice in our industry. It is equally gratifying that we can attain the top ranking while maintaining the emphasis on the health and well-being of our equine and human athletes, as well as wagering integrity on our racing product.”
“With takeout rates of no higher than 19 percent on any bet, a field size of 9.51 horses per race, and an almost 10 percent increase in handle in 2011, Keeneland came out on top.” said HANA President Jeff Platt.
The HANA Track 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 as key factors, including takeout rate, field size, wager variety, pool size and signal distribution, a composite score is tabulated and the tracks are ranked. The full factor sheet is posted on HANA’s web page, which allows horseplayers to sort data within the various categories, as a resource to help them be more informed customers.
The top five tracks in 2012, are:
#1 Keeneland (last year 1st)
#2 Tampa Bay Downs (last year 3rd)
#3 Gulfstream Park (last year 5th)
#4 Churchill Downs (last year 2nd)
#5 Oaklawn Park (last year 9th).