LEXINGTON, KY (Aug. 28, 2014) – Keeneland will employ state-of-the-art GPS technology to monitor and collect detailed information about the condition of the main dirt track.
The data gained will be an invaluable tool in outlining proper maintenance, which is key to making the track as safe as possible for horse and rider.
GPS-enabled equipment allows for careful monitoring of the consistency of the dirt racing surface. Maintaining proper consistency and controlling the migration of the surface are critical to the performance of any track.
The Kentucky branch of SITECH Mid-South LLC engineering installed the GPS technology in a Caterpillar grader, rover receiver and sled owned by Keeneland. The GPS works in concert with receivers mounted on the equipment and approximately 15 satellites to determine track position. The track coordinates were mapped by engineers with ABR Construction Inc.
Keeneland’s GPS-enhanced equipment includes: