Sunday, August 9, 2015

Equibase to partner with STATS: What will this mean, if anything, to horseplayers?

One of the bigger pieces of news from this weekend's 63rd annual Round Table Conference on Matters Pertaining to Racing in Saratoga Springs, N.Y., was the announcement that Equibase, "The Supreme Gatekeeper of All Racing Data", and STATS LLC, a data and content company with ties to the NFL, MLB, NBA, etc., entered into a "strategic partnership to develop products and services for horesplayers." (H/T The Paulick Report). While this partnership sounds exciting, especially if it might lead to a freeing of the ridiculously guarded racing data, color me skeptical as to whether this will actually improve the lives of horseplayers.

If I were to ever compose a manifesto of what I would do if I was Supreme Lord of Horse Racing, right up at the very beginning of my absurdly long document would be a topic labeled simply "Unshackle The Results."