In the first of a new series Paul Brierley, TPD’s Northern UK Race Timing Operator, reports on his horses of interest from Sedgefield, Great Yarmouth and Doncaster from the week of 13-19 May.
The journey to Sedgefield for GPS race tracking testing was an easy one. It was the first track I ever went to as a kid back in the 1970s where Ridley Lamb, Arthur Stephenson and Denys Smith were a few names on the race card.
The National Hunt game is something I’ve been around for a long time and, having been a NH jockeys’ agent, it was nice to see some old faces, including Ryan Mania (representing Sandy Thomson) who won the Grand National on Aurora’s Encore. Two of today’s top jockeys were there in Richard Johnson and Daryl Jacob while runners from Nicky Henderson and Dan Skelton made it felt more like a Southern meeting.
The going was Good and the track was in good shape thanks to the ever helpful Trainee Clerk of the Course, Michael Naughton. Daryl rode a treble while Brian Hughes had his usual double at the track. I was impressed with Caius Marcius in the Novices’ Chase and he’s likely to follow up having clocked 37mph between the last two obstacles!
I hit the road and headed South towards Yarmouth with an over night stop at Kings Lynn after surprisingly easy traffic on the A17 and A47. The Yarmouth greeting is another friendly one with Cliff and Kevin in the weighing room really going out of their way to help.
The racing is competitive, and with the ground drying all the time we have few non-runners. There is one major highlight: Archer’s Dream impresses both visually and on the clock to win the Novice under a penalty. James Fanshawe has a nice filly on his hands and a step up in grade surely beckons for the daughter of Dream Ahead.
Some jockeys take a look at the sectionals after their races. Paddy Mathers and trainer Derek Shaw discuss the run of Harbour Vision and have look at his sectionals to see if he stayed the 8f - he ran well but is one to note if he’s dropped back to 7f on the turf or an easy 1m around a bend.
The week ended with an evening meeting at Doncaster. A crowd of nearly 18,000 was expected as the post racing entertainment was Jess Glynne. I walk the track to see that it’s like a carpet, to the credit of Roderick Duncan and his ground staff, and the going is on the quick side of Good. Some fast times echo the going description.
The big highlight of this Donny meeting is the 2yo Novice race over 5f. The time of 60.017s is the fastest time over the distance by all ages this season and the winner, Romero, looks an above average youngster for Kevin Ryan. I will be following the next three: Mecca’s Hot Steps, She Looks Like Fun and Dandizette as they all look sure fire winners of Maidens or Nurseries.
Next week sees me return to Yarmouth where I hope for noteworthy horses and a fast passage down the A17 and A47.3
All horses, results and sectional times from UK racing tracking by TPD are available on At The Races. com
Equibase has installed GPS at both tracks, named official timer.
Equibase Company has installed global positioning satellite systems at Hollywood Gaming at Mahoning Valley Race Course and Hollywood Casino at Penn National Race Course and has been named the official timer at both tracks, it was announced today.
Equibase's GPS technology partner, Total Performance Data (TPD), is based in the United Kingdom and has more than a dozen tracking systems deployed there in addition to the U.S. installations.
"Equibase has sought a viable system of collecting data through automated tracking since the company's inception, and we are pleased to continue to make progress with TPD," said Jason Wilson, president and chief operating officer for Equibase. "We are also happy to be partnering with Penn National Gaming to expand the number of tracks utilizing the system."
"We have been using GPS timing at Mahoning for live racing since the start of the year, and we have been testing the system for timing at Penn National the past two months, with an official live racing start date of April 10," said Chris McErlean, vice president of racing for Penn National Gaming, which oversees both tracks. "We are happy thus far with the performance of the system and excited about its future capabilities."
The benefits of GPS, in addition to timing, include the ability to provide comprehensive data for each runner during the entire running of the race, which can be used to drive on-screen graphics as well as positions and margins for charts. In addition, GPS has great promise for track workouts, which would add race-like accuracy to those morning preps. Equibase plans to continue to expand the number of installations over the next year.
TPD is providing live race pace metrics to Sky Sports Racing for all available racedays.
Displaying the live race pace via a simple FAST/SLOW flag, TPD’s vast back history of data is fed into a bespoke algorithm, and is calculating the live pace for that exact section of that track.
Will Duff Gordon, CEO, Total Performance Data comments, “Bringing live data to racing on this scale in the UK has been a long term collaboration between TPD and Arena Racing Company. We are excited to be part of the team who are helping racing move towards a new phase of growth in the sport, driving interest via in-running stats and real time data.”
LEXINGTON, Ky. – A pilot project to use GPS technology to time workouts conducted in September and October at Keeneland Racecourse in Kentucky has proved the system can work in the future with a larger workload, the administrators of the project said on Wednesday.
Timing under the pilot project, conducted by Trackmaster, a subsidiary of Equibase, in partnership with that company’s technology partner, Total Performance Data, was conducted on a total of 16 days from Sept. 15 to the end of Keeneland’s fall meet on Oct. 27, according to David Siegel, the president of Trackmaster. While the system was used to collect workout data on only a handful of horses each day, Siegel said that “from a technology perspective, it proved it could work.”
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TPD have been shortlisted for SBC’s prestigious awards in 2018 and 2017.
Nominated in Best Sports Data Product category, TPD are delighted to have been recognised for the hard work that they have put into bringing live race data to UK racing over the past year.
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Will Duff Gordon joins the conference panel to give his insight into how in-running data can be used to create new products for horseracing betting.
Will Duff Gordon, CEO of Total Performance Data, looks at the stride data of St Leger favourite Kew Gardens in the first of a fortnightly series.
Total Performance Data has a clear goal – to have a timing sensor on every horse in every race around the world. Ambitious? Of course it is, but we are at least on the way to this with 12 racecourses set up in the UK, US and Canada and we do over 1,000 racedays a year, too. This number is rising fast. We’ve already timed and published data on 7,000 races and tracked over 50,000 runners.
Sectional Spotlight: Simon Rowlands, writing for At The Races:
Ahead of Justify’s bid to complete the Triple Crown by landing the Belmont Stakes on Saturday, Simon Rowlands compares striding metrics of Justify’s victories in the Kentucky Derby and the Preakness Stakes with the wins of Secretariat and American Pharoah in the Belmont Stakes.
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Arena Racing Company (ARC) has agreed a new “ground breaking” deal, that will see stride data feature on the website of At The Races (ATR).
The development utilises Total Performance Data (TPD) technology, designed to offer both fans and horseman a deeper insight into performances.