June 8, 2008
Contact: John Cooney (859) 224-2714
Widespread interest in Big Brown’s quest to become the first Triple Crown winner in 30 years helped drive unprecedented traffic to equibase.com, the website for the Thoroughbred industry’s official database, on the three days that comprised the 2008 Triple Crown. On these days, equibase.com hosted a record 1,063,420 visitors, 21 percent more than the corresponding days in 2007 when the site served 878,418 visitors.
This year’s total includes a single-day record of 391,300 visitors on Belmont Stakes day, when Da’ Tara upset Big Brown in his bid to become Thoroughbred racing’s 12th Triple Crown winner.
“Hosting more than a million visitors on the days of the Triple Crown races underscores equibase.com’s important role as a central information source for fans of all skill levels,” said Hank Zeitlin, president and COO of Equibase.
equibase.com provides a comprehensive array of racing information, including programs, entries and result charts, as well as a full line of past performance products for handicappers of every skill level. The site is also home to Virtual Stable®, which provides e-mail notification of entry, result and workout information for horses than fans want to follow. Virtual Stable also offers seasonal race series notifications, a once-daily report of activity for contenders for the Triple Crown and the Breeders’ Cup World Championships.
Equibase Company is a partnership between The Jockey Club and the Thoroughbred Racing Associations of North America.