Best Way to Win a Horse Race? Mathematicians may have the answer

The best way to win a horse race? Mathematicians may have the answerAttention racehorse jockeys: Start fast, but save enough energy for a final kick. That’s the ideal strategy to win short-distance horse races, according to the first mathematical model to calculate how horses use up energy in races. The researchers say the approach could be used to identify customized pacing plans that, in theory, would optimize individual horses’ chances of winning.

Every racehorse has different capabilities. Like humans, some excel at sprinting, whereas others are marathoners. Figuring out which is which, and how to pace them, can be the difference between faltering in the final furlough and taking home the Kentucky Derby’s $1.3 million winner’s payout. Jockeys and trainers have traditionally relied on centuries of experience, data from previous races, and intuition to plan their races.

Amandine Aftalion, a mathematician at the School for Advanced Studies in the Social Sciences (EHESS) in Paris, thought she could add to that. Since 2013, she has been analyzing the performances of world champion runners like sprinter Usain Bolt. She’s found that short-distance runners tend to win when they start strong and gradually slow down toward the finish line. But in medium-distance races, such as the 1600-meter, runners perform …

A Brief History of Horse Racing at New Orleans’ Fair Grounds

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Nate Newby Promoted to GM of Santa Anita Park

ARCADIA, Calif.  – Santa Anita Park has announced the promotion of Nate Newby to General Manager and Chris Merz to Racing Secretary. Merz adds the title to his current position of Santa Anita’s Director of Racing and will be responsible for writing … [Continue reading]

Is Horse Racing Dead? Not in Indiana

"To get 96 racing days in during these unprecedented times is a real credit to the Indiana Horse Racing Commission (IHRC) staff, our horsemen and our very dedicated group of employees," said Eric Halstrom, vice president and general manager of … [Continue reading]

Veteran Player Yohler Captures Del Mar Fall Challenge

Timothy Yohler of Fisher, IN scored huge in the last race of the Del Mar Fall Challenge [on Saturday, November 28, 2020]. Yohler vaulted into the lead with large exacta and trifecta wagers turning his final $1,500 in bankroll into $30,180. In … [Continue reading]

A Brief History of Horse Racing at New Orleans’ Fair Grounds

Blake Pontchartrain: Off to the races with a brief history of New Orleans' Fair Grounds

The Fair Grounds, which considers April 13, 1872, its first day in operation, is one of the oldest race tracks in the United States. Only a handful are older, including the well-known Saratoga Race Course in New York (1863) and Baltimore’s Pimlico … [Continue reading]

Woodbine’s 2020 Horse Racing Season Ends Abruptly

Woodbine horse racing season cut short

The suburban Toronto track was hit with a double whammy during the weekend -- a government shutdown order because of the [Covid-19] pandemic that forced cancellation of the final three weeks of the meeting, and then a winter storm that eliminated … [Continue reading]

Breeders’ Cup Registers Sixth-Highest Handle in Two-day History

Total all-sources handle for the two-day Breeders' Cup Nov. 6-7 at Keeneland was $160,472,894, the sixth-highest total since the Breeders' Cup expanded to a two-day event in 2007 and an 8% decrease from the 2019 record handle of $174,000,574 at Santa … [Continue reading]

Oklahoma Training Track in Saratoga in Line for Renovation

Oklahoma Training Track in line for renovation

They’re digging again. Saratoga Springs residents who were wondering what that gigantic mountain of dirt was doing just inside the Nelson Avenue backstretch gate of Saratoga Race Course last winter might have another one to ponder this … [Continue reading]

This is What Happened to Beulah Park in Columbus

Five years after last horse race there, work to begin on $300M Beulah Park complex

Work finally on Beulah Park Living, the $300 million housing, retail and office complex on the site of the former Beulah Park horse racing track in Grove City. The project developers, Falco, Smith & Kelley of Columbus, included details of the … [Continue reading]

Racing at Golden Gate Fields Postponed till December 3rd

With the continued regard for the safety and well-being of 1/ST RACING employees, those working on the backstretch and the community at large, and in following the best guidance from local health authorities, Golden Gate Fields’ leadership has … [Continue reading]