Equibase Provides First-Time Gelding Info

From Equibase
LEXINGTON, Ky. (Oct. 14, 2014) -- Horseplayers will now know when a racehorse is running for the first time after having been reported as a gelding, it was announced today by Equibase Company President and COO Hank Zeitlin. The first-time gelding information is being made available to all tracks for inclusion in track programs nationwide. The data is also being provided within entries, scratches and changes and within Equibase past performances on equibase.com, effective immediately.

"Equibase continually communicates with racing fans, and when several avid members of the Horseplayers Association of North America (HANA) recently expressed interest in getting access to first-time gelding information, we were only too happy to provide it," said Zeitlin.

The first-time gelding information within entries will include a superscript 1 next to the sex of the horse and a list of the first-time geldings will be included as a footnote, too. The scratches and changes page on equibase.com and the RSS feed that is available to consumers and all data customers will also include first-time gelding information.

"Handicappers look upon first-time gelding information as an important factor, and it will be great to know this before a race," said HANA President Jeff Platt. "There are times when these situations create huge betting opportunities that were previously unknown. I think it’s great that horseplayers everywhere will be able to leverage this added information into our handicapping and our wagering decisions."

Equibase Company is a partnership between subsidiaries of The Jockey Club and the Thoroughbred Racing Associations of North America and serves as the Thoroughbred industry’s official database. Through its website, mobile platform and mobile applications, Equibase offers a comprehensive array of free statistical information as well as premium handicapping products and reports in support of the North American Thoroughbred racing industry.

HANA is a non-profit organization made up of horseplayers who work to effect positive change in the horse racing industry. HANA’s primary goal is to promote handle growth and to keep its membership aware of issues in racing that affect all horseplayers. Additional information about the organization is available at horseplayersassociation.org.