jnchapel + racing-data   12

Racing Industry still out in left field with regards to data
Matt Gardner, 2016: "But, hey, keep on charging for what other sports offer for free. I'm sure any day now we'll see horse racing's version of Bill James or Nate Silver come along to offer new and innovative ways to look at horse racing which they were able to create after shelling out thousands of dollars for essentially box scores. But I wouldn't bet on it."
horseracing  data  racing-data  equibase 
january 2017 by jnchapel
Release the data
ThoroTrends, 2013: "... the most interesting and beneficial uses of the data will be the ones we never saw coming. This is kind of the exciting part. Release the data. Let the innovators innovate."
horseracing  data  racing-data  equibase 
january 2017 by jnchapel
Data power
Joe Applebaum, 2015: "I have a modest proposal for horse racing: The Jockey Club and the Thoroughbred Racing Associations (TRA), through their subsidiary Equibase, should follow the example of the NBA and make available a comprehensive database with all breeding and racing information from the beginnings of our sport. The TJC and TRA should lead our industry into its digital future by building a highly functional, but accessible website that would allow fans, handicappers, academics and industry professionals the ability to access its database at the most basic level. For the good of the sport, this information should be freely available. What drives the popularity of the NFL, MLB and the NBA? Gambling and its close cousin, fantasy sports. Well, horse racing was the first fantasy sport. We have a 150 year history of data collection and a long standing respect for its analysis–think Lowe, Tesio, Ziemba, Beyer. Sadly, we have been left behind in the race for gaming dollars and consumer interest."
horseracing  data  racing-data  equibase  jockey-club 
january 2017 by jnchapel
Building and distributing modern data — who cares?
"Modernizing horse racing data — creating a seamless pipeline of inputs and working to sell, or distribute, those outputs — is a chance to open new markets, and sell to them."
horseracing  data  racing-data  equibase 
october 2016 by jnchapel
Compare and contract (STATS and Equibase)
"Horse racing is a real time, living and breathing game. Late scratches, surface changes, race distance changes, jockey changes, equipment changes, weight changes are all part of the conundrum when building quality applications for customers and all of these “next generation” modern retail products, RaceLens included, don’t account for all of them. This is exactly the kind of systems STATS is very good at building — a step further back from retail products — to the actual pipes that supply retail products. Imagine, for instance, a statcast-like application for horse racing. Right now, those applications are pipe dreams, because the data pipes that are needed to build them do not exist."
horseracing  data  equibase  racing-data 
october 2016 by jnchapel
Discussion of racing data: 2016 edition
"Regardless of what you think of sites like Five Thirty Eight, it’s a great example of how historical data can be used to create compelling, informative content. And if something like that existed for racing it could be used to help you make handicapping and/or wagering decisions. If it were up to me Equibase.com would be part data-driven content with visualizations, part easier to access stats (with none of this sort of thing) as well as downloadable data in usable formats. Do a query, view the data with the option to export to csv. This doesn’t have to be proprietary data ..."
horseracing  data  racing-data  equibase 
september 2016 by jnchapel
Equibase to partner with STATS: What will this mean, if anything, to horseplayers?
"Horse racing, a sport depends greatly on gambling dollars from the every day players, keeps the lifeblood handicapping — raw data — locked away from handicappers behind over-priced 'plans' and 'secured' PDF files. And by 'data,' I'm not talking about speed figures, pace figures, or any other proprietary creations. I'm talking about the results of races on a day to day basis — the stuff you used to see in your newspaper on a daily basis and now are PDF files on DRF, Equibase or Bris. The very thing that horse players need in order to wager (and, in my opinion, wager more frequently), is priced at such a high level that only the very, very serious can dabble in large data analysis."
horseracing  jockey-club  equibase  data  stats  racing-data 
august 2015 by jnchapel
Equibase, STATS partner on big data projects
"The question is what do we do with this vast amount of data," said Bill Squadron, executive vice president of strategic relationships for STATS during a presentation at The Jockey Club's 63rd Annual Round Table Conference in Saratoga Springs, N.Y. "How do we use it in ways that create value and visualize it in ways that are meaningful? You don't want to just have a fire hose of data coming at you that doesn't make any sense. Our systems allow you to filter the data, which is the centerpiece of our agreement with Equibase."
horseracing  jockey-club  equibase  data  stats  racing-data 
august 2015 by jnchapel
Release the data: Chorus edition
Dana Byerly's thorough round-up of data discussions (2013).
horseracing  jockey-club  equibase  data  racing-data 
august 2015 by jnchapel
The Jockey Club's growing (and profitable) family
Re: Equibase, 2009: “It is symptomatic of our industry being a step behind,” said one racing executive who has grown wary of Equibase’s profit-driven motive and thinks the company has strayed from its original mission. “It’s short-term thinking. If our objective in racing is for the horseplayers to win, we should do everything we can to help him, and increase the churn. That’s where the revenue for our business should come from, not from the statistics the horseplayer needs.”
horseracing  jockey-club  equibase  data  racing-data 
august 2015 by jnchapel
Tracking technology revealing arcane truths about horse races
"Trakus has become relevant to virtually all the participants involved in an average race day."
horseracing  technology  data  trakus  racing-data 
september 2012 by jnchapel
New racing technology could offer vast amounts of data to handicappers
"As a handicapper and speed-figure maker, I want racing to have precise data and I want Trakus to succeed. So I offer a modest proposal. The company should formulate a report that allows users to log in to, say, the Gulfstream Web site and see the key Trakus measurements in the previous starts of every horse on the Gulfstream card. It should invite users’ feedback — letting thousands of eyeballs look for errors that might otherwise go undetected. The company needs to be less focused on developing whizbang graphics and more concerned about giving the best, most accurate data to handicappers."
horseracing  data  trakus  racing-data 
february 2012 by jnchapel

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