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.