Archives for November 2022

Overflow Field for the Big Data Derby

Horse Racing NFT-game OHRAC: Own, Manage And WinA total of 106 submissions were received for the inaugural Big Data Derby, a competition requiring entrants to provide a machine-learning model to analyze all manner of data regarding horseracing tactics, strategies and path efficiencies.

Sponsored by the New York Racing Association, Inc. (NYRA) and the New York Thoroughbred Horsemen’s Association (NYTHA) in partnership with the Kentucky Thoroughbred Association, Equibase, The Jockey Club, Breeders’ Cup and the Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders Association (TOBA), the Big Data Derby launched with a goal of better understanding the vast data set at hand to racing organizations, and to potentially develop new ways of racing and training in a highly traditional industry.

“Our main objective with this competition was to see if qualified data scientists could utilize horse-tracking data to improve the sport’s collective knowledge in key areas such as equine welfare and performance,” said NYTHA President Joe Appelbaum.

The Big Data Derby offers a total of $50,000 in prize money with $20,000 awarded to the winner and $10,000 each to the next three placings. The competition is held on Kaggle, a global data science platform with over 500,000 active users where participants compete by using machine learning to solve problems ranging from the trivial to the extremely complex.

A total of 9,349 potential competitors accessed the competition’s four data files providing NYRA racing data from 2019 along with in-race horse tracking information. A wide and varied range of submissions offered models that shed light on injury prevention, jockey decision making metrics, race tactics, track bias and more. An open notebook of user-created content and data can be viewed at: https://www.kaggle.com/competitions/big-data-derby-2022/code.

“The response in both participants and submissions highlights the interest in alternative data sets and bodes well for potential future applications. We are very much looking forward to the results of the competition,” said Joe Longo, NYRA’s General Manager of Content Services.

A judging committee will score the submissions based on four categories – Innovation [25 points], Relevance [30 points], Competence [25 points] and Presentation [20 points]. Winners will be announced in early December.

Source: NYRA

Next Year’s NYRA Horse Racing Schedule Announced

Belmont Park horse racingThe New York Racing Association, Inc. (NYRA) today announced its 2023 NYRA racing calendar which includes 202 live race days at Aqueduct Racetrack, Belmont Park, and Saratoga Race Course.

Live racing is currently being conducted at Aqueduct, where the 2022 fall meet runs through Saturday, December 31. For the complete 2022 Aqueduct fall meet stakes schedule, visit NYRA.com/AQU.

Following the conclusion of the 2022 Aqueduct fall meet, the 44-day Big A winter meet will run from January 1 through March 26 with live racing conducted Thursday-Sunday until February 12. From Friday, February 17 through the end of the winter meet, live racing will be held Friday-Sunday.The 19-day Aqueduct spring meet, which spans Thursday, March 30 to Sunday, April 30, will see live racing return to a Thursday-Sunday schedule.

Belmont Park Meet

Live racing on the NYRA circuit will return to beautiful Belmont Park for a 40-day spring/summer meet, which is highlighted by the 155th running of the Belmont Stakes Presented by NYRA Bets on Saturday, June 10. The 2023 spring/summer meet will run from Thursday, May 4 through Sunday, July 9. Live racing will generally be conducted Thursday-Sunday throughout the spring/summer meet.

The 40-day summer meet at historic Saratoga Race Course will open on Thursday, July 13 and continue through Labor Day, September 4. Following opening weekend, racing will be conducted five days per week from Wednesday-Sunday with the exception of the six-day closing week. The summer meet is anchored by the 95th running of the Whitney on August 5 and the 154th running of the Travers on August 26.

Following the conclusion of the 2023 summer meet, the Belmont Park fall meet will again be held at Aqueduct to allow for the reconstruction of the three Belmont racing surfaces. The 28-day Belmont at the Big A fall meet will open on Thursday, September 14 and continue through Sunday, October 29. Live racing will generally be conducted Thursday-Sunday throughout the Belmont at the Big A fall meet.

The 2023 season will conclude with the 31-day Aqueduct fall meet which runs from Thursday, November 2 through Sunday, December 31, 2023.

For the 2023 calendar of live race dates in New York.

Source: NYRA

Great Horse Racing Videos – 2022 Breeders’ Cup Classic Won by Flightline

The great Flightline faced the best field of his lifetime in the Breeders’ Cup Classic at Keeneland on November 5, 2022 and he was up to the task.  Ridden by Flavien Prat, Flightline drew off to a decisive 8 1/2 length victory over a stellar field.  Post-race comments include Hall of Fame jockey Jerry Bailey.