jeff platt

Keeneland Increases Takeout To State Maximums For 2017 Fall Meeting

Keeneland Racecourse has informed the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission that it plans to increase takeout to the maximum allowed under state law during its 2017 fall meeting, reports drf.com. Officials confirmed that takeout on win, place and show wagers will move from 16 percent to 17.5 percent, and it will increase from 19 percent to […]

Continue reading
Kentucky Downs Tops HANA Ratings For Third Straight Year

Kentucky Downs’ five-date all-turf meet in September has topped the 2017 HANA Racetrack Rankings for the third consecutive year. The rankings, in their ninth year, are based on an algorithm using factors indicative of horseplayer betting value, gleaned from both empirical and academic study, according to a press release issued by the Horseplayers Association of […]

Continue reading
Kentucky Downs Tops HANA Racetrack Rankings For Second Straight Year

Kentucky Downs, the Franklin, Kentucky racetrack that races a short, all-turf meet, has topped the 2016 HANA Racetrack Rankings for the second consecutive year. The rankings are based on an algorithm using factors indicative of horseplayer betting value, gleaned from both empirical and academic study. Key factors including takeout rate, field size, wager variety, pool […]

Continue reading
HANA meets with TOC, Stronach reps

President Jeff Platt and two other officials from the Horseplayers Association of North America (HANA) met with Thoroughbred Owners of California president Lou Raffetto and executives from the Stronach Group on Thursday morning at Del Mar. The participants discussed ways the TOC, Santa Anita and Golden Gate Fields can alleviate some of the concerns that […]

Continue reading
HANA Track Ratings: Keeneland tops again for horseplayers

Press Release The Horseplayers Association of North America has released their annual Track Ratings.  In 2011, Keeneland, which is currently celebrating its 75th anniversary, was the number one rated track in North America.   “With takeout rates of no higher than 19% on any bet, a field size of over 9 horses per race, and […]

Continue reading
HRI – Zast: Platt makes common mistake of automatically connecting low prices with a sounder business

As exchange wagering makes its way to New Jersey, Vic Zast contemplates the potential pitfalls of this new method of wagering on races in the U.S. Will the tracks negotiate a competitive rate? HANA’s Jeff Platt also spoke with Zast on the issue from the horseplayer’s perspective. “Look at the music industry,” said Platt. “Along […]

Continue reading
Is The Boycott Finally Getting Noticed?

Despite some disagreement with the Horseplayer’s Association of North America and the boycott they have supported on California racetracks, the Paulick Report has given more ink (and, admittedly, not all of it favorable) to HANA and the player’s opposition to the takeout increase than any other racing publication in the country over the last couple […]

Continue reading
Platt and Rebate Shops Not Friends of Racing?

If horse racing industry leaders had not made the critical mistake 20 years ago of underpricing their simulcast signal, rebate operations would not exist. But underprice they did, and racetracks found themselves losing on-track customers to off-shore and U.S.-based companies that established very profitable businesses because they had virtually no infrastructure (bricks and mortar) to […]

Continue reading
EQUIBASE GETS IT RIGHT

What’s this? Happy horseplayers? Why the racetracks must be giving money away. EIther that, or someone has paid attention to the needs of these long-suffering, often forgotten supporters of the game. In this case, it’s the latter, and the group paying attention to horseplayers was Equibase, the racing industry’s data base owned in tandem by […]

Continue reading
WILL HORSEPLAYERS AND HORSEMEN FIND COMMON GROUND?

A recent guest editorial by Fred Pope entitled “Priority 1: Racing’s Business Model,” brought forth a vigorous discussion among Thoroughbred owners, breeders and horseplayers about revenue splits from simulcasting and the levels of takeout in pari-mutuel wagering. Comments continue to be posted on that article two weeks after its original publication (including a lengthy reply […]

Continue reading
Twitter Twitter
Paulick Report on Instagram