ANDERSON - For the people who love to wager on races at Hoosier Park, it just became an easier and more informed experience.
The Anderson track Tuesday became the only standardbred track in the world to add the Trakus wireless tracking system to its offerings.
To visually keep track of the horses during a race, the Trakus system displays each horse as a colored square at the bottom of the screen showing the televised race. In this way it is easy for fans to follow a particular horse throughout the race when often that horse might be obscured by other horses.
"We are excited to be able to offer this technology to our fans," said Hoosier Park's vice president and general manager Rick Moore. "The electronic video image system is being used at Del Mar, Santa Anita, Churchill Downs, Singapore and Dubai."
But Trakus offers so much more than just a enhanced visual experience. There is also a wealth of data made available almost immediately following each race.
At each quarter mile, each horse is listed for its time for that quarter, the distance the horse covered, the distance from the rail, the average speed and the lengths behind. By the end of the race it is possible to find out the peak speed of each horse and the distance each horse covered compared to the winner.
This could be invaluable information when it comes to evaluating those horses when next they go to the gate for a race.
"Unlike the thoroughbreds, the standardbreds don't have any comments on their program," said Patrick Cummings, business manager for Trakus. "With this system you can find each quarter time for each horse, track the in-race movement and find out if the horse had to go two wide and cover extra ground."