Patrick Cummings Named Thoroughbred Idea Foundation’s Executive Director

Patrick Cummings has been named executive director of the Thoroughbred Idea Foundation (TIF). A non-profit organization, TIF was established to create an active forum for the exchange and curation of ideas designed to improve the prospects of the thoroughbred industry and its stakeholders. “It is great to welcome Pat as the executive director of the Thoroughbred […]

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Gulfstream Officially Lowers Time Of Pegasus World Cup After Review

Gulfstream Park has changed the official finish time of the Grade 1 Pegasus World Cup following an investigation by its official timing company, Trakus. TimeFormUS officially revised the time and speed figure for the race earlier this week after clockers voiced skepticism over the final time. The amended time for Arrogate’s victory is now 1:46.83 […]

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Timing Controversy: Did Arrogate Actually Set A Track Record In The Pegasus?

Arrogate’s win in the inaugural Pegasus World Cup was no doubt impressive; the big gray son of Unbridled’s Song crossed the wire geared down to win by 4 3/4 lengths over some of the best dirt horses in training. According to the official Equibase chart, the final time for the 1 1/8-mile contest was 1:47.61, […]

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Finley: Nyquist Ran A Faster Race Than Songbird

ESPN’s Bill Finley has done the math, and the math says that Nyquist completed his win in the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile just a little bit faster than Songbird did in the Juvenile Fillies.  Hard to believe, given that the final time of the Juvenile was 1:43.79, while that of the Juvenile Fillies was 1:42.73. The […]

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Gulfstream Addresses Race Timing Issues

Gulfstream Park released the following statement Saturday concerning race timing issues: Gulfstream Park, with the help of its patrons and players, is aware that there have been some timing issues with races leaving the mile chute. Along with hand-timing our races, we have had conversations with Trakus, our track timer, to remedy this problem as […]

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On the Ground at Breeders’ Cup: Standouts and Longshots?

The anticipation is building at Santa Anita Park for Friday and Saturday’s Breeders’ Cup World Championships. The track’s famous Clockers’ Corner is buzzing each morning with discussions about which horses look good, which ones don’t, and where the money should go this weekend. It appears this is shaping up to be one of the more […]

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Commentary: It’s Time for a Change in Timing

In an editorial published Monday by Thoroughbred Racing Commentary, Trakus director of information Pat Cummings advocates for uniformity in the way races are timed in the United States. Cummings wrote that Trakus times races as requested by tracks, and hence has no vested interest in a rule change, but American handicappers do. The length of the run-up […]

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Breeders’ Cup presents Fresh Faces: An International Perspective

Patrick Cummings is the director of racing information for Trakus, where he has worked since 2011. He is also the founder/editor of, which he launched in 2007. Cummings holds a Bachelor of Arts in political science from Dickinson College and a masters in business administration from Baylor University. He has previously called the races […]

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Trakus Coming to Aqueduct Later This Meet

Following initial testing, Trakus will become operational at Aqueduct Racetrack later in the meet. Trakus made its debut in September at Belmont Park and also will be used at Saratoga Race Course. The system allows viewers to follow the precise position of each horse throughout a race via colored “chicklets” at the bottom of the […]

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