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Oct 1, 2009
NEWS RELEASE


CURRENT DAY SCRATCHES AND PROGRAM CHANGES NOW AVAILABLE ON equibase.com


Contact: John Cooney (859) 224-2714

Current day scratches and program changes from racetracks throughout North America are now available throughout the day in a dedicated section of equibase.com, it was announced today by Equibase Company President and COO Hank Zeitlin.

Equibase developed the new service in conjunction with racetracks and with feedback from the Horseplayers Association of North America (HANA). Besides having access to the latest scratches, horseplayers can now obtain other critical updates such as when a race has been moved from turf to dirt, distance changes, jockey changes and amended wagering options on equibase.com. They can also register to receive an RSS feed for each track they are playing, enabling instant delivery of information to desktops and mobile devices.

These scratches and program changes are updated live from the racetrack via eBase®, Equibase’s proprietary Internet-based data collection system. Designated personnel at the live track can now use eBase to enter the day’s scratches and program changes until one hour before post time for the first race, at which time Equibase chartcallers assume responsibility for entering subsequent changes.

"During the Keeneland spring meet where we held our first HANA Day at the Races, Equibase and members of HANA met for a productive meeting at their office," said HANA President Jeff Platt. "We are very pleased that as a result of that beginning and subsequent discussions, horseplayers will now have access to a centralized, accurate resource for reporting of late-breaking changes."

"Making it easier for horseplayers to acquire pertinent information such as scratches and program changes is simply good business and the tracks are happy to participate in this new arrangement," said Chris Scherf, executive vice president of the Thoroughbred Racing Associations of North America.

The "Today’s Scratches & Program Changes" webpage was deployed September 29 and is accessible via a link on the equibase.com homepage. The current day scratches and program changes are also available for electronic retrieval, which enables value-added resellers, tracks and other industry organizations to provide timely changes and scratches to their respective customers.

Equibase Company is a partnership between The Jockey Club and Thoroughbred Racing Associations of North America and serves as the Thoroughbred industry’s official database for racing information. Its website, equibase.com, features a comprehensive menu of free entries, results and race charts as well as premium handicapping products from past performances to selections for handicappers of every skill level. The site is also home to Virtual Stable®, which provides free e-mail notification of entry, result and workout information for horses that fans want to follow. Virtual Stable also offers seasonal "race series" notifications, a once-daily report of activity for contenders for the Triple Crown races and the Breeders’ Cup World Championships.