Horse Racing

Trakus ends operations amid transition to E-GPS


According to Trakus President Barry Weisbord, horse data tracking company Trakus, whose information has been displayed at U.S. racetracks for the past 16 years, will end its domestic operations this weekend. He said the company would continue to operate “a little bit more”.

Trakus, first introduced in 2006 at Keeneland. ten from credit card-sized markers placed in the saddle towel at the participating racetracks. The additional information is then aggregated into handicap data for riders, allowing them to see how much the horse has moved on the ground or how fast it runs during segments of the race.

Daily Racing Form first reported Trakus’ exit from the market.

Among the North American routes that use Trakus in the company’s history include Gulfstream Park, Santa Anita . Park, Churchill Downs, Del Mar, Honeysuckleand those run by the New York Racing Association. Additionally, Trakus has a worldwide presence outside of North America in major racing hubs such as Dubai and Hong Kong.

Several routes in North America have already begun using Equibase’s global positioning system, known as E-GPS, which was implemented with the company’s technology partner, Total Performance Data and its contractor, Gmax Technology. Nineteen Thoroughbred routes use E-GPS, according to Equibase data from earlier this month.

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“I’ve been trying very hard to keep this technology sustainable, but that will prove impossible,” says Weisbord. “Equibase has supported another GPS product, a lower-cost product. I’m glad we’ve really brought these technologies to the world and we’ve paved the way for them.”

NYRA will soon use E-GPS for tracking, and American Teletimer will continue to be responsible for ray-timed NYRA races, with the E-GPS system to be deployed no later than January 1, according to the report. Pat McKenna, NYRA vice president of communications.

The Equibase E-GPS system started 5 years ago and has evolved into a modified system.

“A number of (speed) number manufacturers have told us that the final GPS system time is not as accurate as it should be,” said Jim Gagliano, president and chief executive officer of The Jockey Club. for them to evaluate performance”. and interim president of Equibase. “So with our partners, TPD and GMAX, we came up with a hybrid version. So a race will be timed from start to finish with beam timing, but it will In conjunction with GPS, GPS can provide other statistics, including several time periods, and produce images of a horse’s position at a particular time in the race. “

Weisbord said the racing industry benefits from the presentation of data collected and distributed by Trakus, just as other sports have innovated.

“Every sport in the world has greatly enhanced their graphics capabilities,” says Weisbord. “Can you imagine watching a baseball game without knowing the speed of the ground or where it’s going?

“I think we did to race to what was needed. We pointed people in the right direction, both from a data point of view and from a visual point of view. And hopefully the participating companies can improve. improve what we already do and make things even better.”

“I would say that Trakus is a true pioneer and they have revolutionized the way racing is viewed in the US and abroad,” agreed Gagliano. “We provided some initial seed capital to install Trakus and we hope the GPS-based system will eventually have broader appeal to racetrack customers.”

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