April 28 Equibase unveiled http://www.equibase.com, a redesigned past performance race program that features expanded statistical analysis, interactive elements, and a similar look to the hardcopy program available on track.
The redesigned race program offers a number of interactive features, including links within the past performances to the race result charts for each of a horse's recent races. In addition, the program offers supplemental handicapping information for each race on the card, including expanded Equibase speed and pace figure analysis and relevant statistics pertaining to each runner's post position, trainer, jockey, sire, and dam.
"The online race program has been redesigned with the handicapper in mind while bringing its look and feel in line with the hardcopy edition fans are accustomed to purchasing at the track," said Hank Zeitlin, Equibase's executive vice president and chief operating officer. "The expanded statistical measures will help handicappers compare the relative merits of each horse in a race and aid them in their selection process, as will the links to further information about each horse and its prior races."
In addition to the new features and handicapping elements, the online race program is now available shortly after the races are drawn. This "early" edition of the race program contains past performance information. The "final" edition of the race program contains complete past performances, including program numbers, post positions, morning-line odds and final jockey assignments. The final edition can be downloaded at no additional charge when it becomes available, generally shortly after the track's scratch schedule.
"Publishing the program earlier provides fans with an extra day or more to study the past performances and plan their race-day strategy accordingly," Zeitlin added.