Anne M. Eberhardt

Keeneland Tops Annual HANA List

Keeneland is HANA's top-rated track in North America for third straight year.

The Horseplayers Association of North America released their annual Track Ratings and in 2011, Keeneland was the top-rated track in North America.

“With takeout rates of no higher than 19% on any bet, a field size of over nine horses per race, and an average pool size of over $700,000 per race, Keeneland came out on top once again.” said HANA president Jeff Platt.

“We are so honored for Keeneland to earn a third consecutive ranking as HANA’s top racetrack in North America,” Keeneland president and CEO Nick Nicholson said. “Our great team at Keeneland strives every day to go the extra mile in delivering quality service to our fans, and I believe that is what sets us apart. I sincerely thank all the wonderful Keeneland employees for their efforts in achieving this milestone.”

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 growth, namely takeout rate, field size, wager variety, pool size and signal distribution, a composite score is tabulated, and tracks are ranked. The rankings are posted on HANA’s web page, which allow horseplayers and potential customers to sort data on the various categories, as a resource.

The complete list of 2011 racetracks and all available sortable metrics can be found at:

To look at HANA's methodology and algorithm for the ratings system go to: