Thursday, July 6, 2006
Contact: John Cooney (859) 224-2714
Equibase Company LLC, the North American Thoroughbred industry’s Official database for racing information, has signed a license agreement allowing PA Sport, the world’s leading sports news provider, to receive and disseminate North American Thoroughbred racing information in the United Kingdom (UK).
According to Equibase executive vice president and chief operating officer, Hank Zeitlin, the companies share a mutual interest in expanding accessibility of North American racing information while maintaining appropriate safeguards against its unlawful use.
“Equibase has long sought to make accurate racing information as widely available as possible through licensed channels and our agreement with PA Sport is a significant step in this direction,” said Zeitlin. “By partnering with PA Sport, we’re able to serve the growing trans-Atlantic interest in North American simulcast signals, punctuated by the recently announced joint venture between Racing UK, Churchill Downs and Magna Entertainment to partner in the UK-based subscription television channel Racing World.”
Equibase, which has been the official provider of Thoroughbred racing data to the Associated Press in the United States since 1998, will provide PA Sport with a comprehensive assortment of pre-and post-race information. PA Sport’s head of racing and betting, Jim Donnelley, said the agreement’s significance is magnified by the burgeoning market in the United Kingdom for wagering opportunities on North American Thoroughbred races.
“PA Sport delivers the most comprehensive horse racing content in the United Kingdom,” said Donnelley. “Today’s agreement allows us to continue in that capacity in support of the increasing market for Thoroughbred racing imported from North America, while maintaining our enterprise’s hallmark commitment to protect the intellectual property we disseminate 24 hours a day.”
PA Sport is part of the PA Group of information companies, which includes The Press Association, the national news agency of the UK and Ireland. Based in the UK, with offices in the United States, Hong Kong, Singapore, South Africa and China, PA Sport gathers, processes and delivers high-quality, comprehensive sports editorial, data, sound and pictures on more than 40 major sports around the world. PA Sport is located on the Internet at http://www.pa-sport.com.
Equibase Company LLC is a partnership between The Jockey Club and the Thoroughbred Racing Associations of North America. Through its website, http://www.equibase.com, the company offers an ever-increasing menu of racing information and handicapping products for handicappers of all skill levels.