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February 18, 2010
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Horseplayers can now obtain current track conditions, weather information and forecasts throughout the day for all racetracks in the United States and Canada when accessing the “Today’s Scratches & Program Changes” page on equibase.com, it was announced today by Equibase Company President and COO Hank Zeitlin.
“The availability of weather and current track conditions from Equibase will certainly provide horseplayers with another valuable tool as they consider their wagers from off-track locations,” said Jeff Platt, president of Horseplayers Association of North America. “HANA continues to strongly encourage all racetracks to post their scratches, program changes and track conditions as early as possible on race day.”
Current weather and forecast information for racetrack locations is provided through a license agreement with Weather Central LLC, and the track conditions, as with scratches and program changes, are updated live at the track via eBase®, Equibase’s proprietary Internet-based data collection system.
The Today’s Scratches & Program Changes webpage is accessible via a link on the equibase.com homepage as well as on mobile.equibase.com. The information is 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.
Horseplayers can also register to receive an RSS feed for each track they are playing, enabling instant delivery of information to their mobile device.
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.
Weather Central LLC is an industry-leading developer of personalized weather and traffic digital content, providing solutions to hundreds of television stations, websites and newspapers nationwide and to over 2 million consumers.