Down the road, when more data is collected, it might be possible to determine some driver tendencies that might be useful to the bettor as well.
"As a secondary benefit, we will be able to create data," said Cummings. "At the thoroughbred tracks we created a jockey efficiency rating. We might be able to tell which driver is good at saving ground and which driver might tend to cover extra ground for instance."
The system uses 20 antennas situated around the track to keep tabs on all of the horses. Each horse has an electronic device in its saddle pad that weighs around two ounces. The antennas cover each section of the track thoroughly so there is no dark spots on the track where fans could lose track of their horse.
"We used West Electric to come in and get the electronics done for this system," said Gene Ciscell, Hoosier Park's vice president of information technology. "It was the fastest install ever (about two months). The horsemen partnered with us."
The horsemen and Hoosier Park are hoping that this technology will help make the track simulcast signal stand out from the others available to tracks and bettors across the country.
"They want to promote our racing as much as we do," said Moore of the horsemen supporting this venture. "We are breeding really good standardbred horses here. We are confident that Trakus gives us a better chance to have our signal pop out at people."
Hoosier Park has live harness racing beginning at 5:45 p.m. each evening Tuesday through Saturday.