Equibase Company will add data generated from global positioning satellite (GPS) systems to result charts. During a race, the GPS system collects a comprehensive data set every half second for every horse in the race. Found next to the traditional result charts for each track utilizing the automated tracking technology, the GPS-enabled charts will show this data at the traditional points of call, as well as at one-sixteenth-mile intervals. Data such as each horse's sectional and cumulative time, average speed, number of strides, average stride length, and average strides per second will also be included.
“After many years of evaluating GPS to deliver expanded data, Equibase is pleased to be successfully leveraging this technology for racing,” said Sal Sinatra, Equibase's president and COO. “GPS technology provides comprehensive data for each horse during the entire running of a race and we are excited to now be able to provide this rich data on the website.”
Equibase has GPS systems in place at a number of tracks, including Canterbury Park, Colonial Downs, Del Mar, Golden Gate Fields, Hollywood Gaming at Mahoning Valley Race Course, Hollywood Casino at Penn National Race Course, Kentucky Downs, Laurel Park, Monmouth Park, Oaklawn Park, Pimlico, Sam Houston, Tampa Bay Downs, and Woodbine Racetrack.
The data collected by GPS can also be used to drive on-screen graphics with a number of the tracks already utilizing the technology. In addition, several other tracks use the GPS data feed to depict graphics through a third-party vendor.