Lexington, KY (February 12, 2009) – The Horseplayers Association of North America (HANA) has ranked Keeneland first among 65 of the continent’s top racetracks in its inaugural Track Rating System.

HANA is a grassroots, not-for-profit group comprised of more than 500 horseplayers with a combined handle of approximately $30 million annually.

“It’s a distinct honor for Keeneland to be recognized as the number one track on the continent by the Horseplayers Association of North America,” said Keeneland President and CEO Nick Nicholson. “We’ve very gratified to know that our efforts to promote large, quality fields, a wide variety of wagering options and a reasonable takeout rate have been recognized by an organization that represents a broad cross section of horse players. Keeneland is enthusiastic about the future and we’re committed to getting even better.”

The HANA Track Rating System was created to assist members in making informed decisions about the value of their wagering dollar at different tracks. The Track Rating System was developed from an algorithm which incorporates takeout rates for each specific type of wager offered by each track, average field size, and low base cost wager availability (i.e. player friendly wagers).

“Keeneland deserves the number one ranking because, more than any other track in North America, they made the effort to deliver what the player wants,” said HANA President Jeff Platt.

“Of all the tracks in North America they had the best overall combination of low takeout, field size, and player friendly opportunities on their wagering menu,” he added. “They distribute their simulcast signal as widely as possible; and the database capabilities they've added to their website are awesome. What I love most about Keeneland are the large, competitive fields. Their racing secretary does a great job of putting together races where you realize after handicapping that 6-7 horses have a realistic chance to win. As a bettor those are the types of races where I consistently find the most value.”

Keeneland offers a variety of wagers to horseplayers, including 50-cent Pick 4 and trifecta wagers, a 10-cent superfecta, and a $1 Super High Five. This spring, Keeneland will expand its existing daily doubles to rolling doubles, beginning with the first race and continuing through the day’s card. Keeneland also will debut a $200,000-guaranteed all-stakes Pick 4 on Toyota Blue Grass Day, consisting of the Jenny Wiley (G2), Shakertown (G3), Commonwealth (G2) and Toyota Blue Grass Stakes (G1).

Keeneland is a leader in employing innovative technology to enhance the fan experience, such as Trakus race video and a “PolyCapping” database on Keeneland.com, which provides handicappers with detailed information on every horse that has won a race at Keeneland since October 2006.

Last fall, Keeneland became the first racetrack in North America to provide live race coverage and limited simulcasts in high-definition format. In recognition of its outstanding simulcast production, Keeneland’s broadcast department was recently honored at the Thoroughbred Racing Association’s International Simulcast Conference with its second Simulcast Award. Its 2008 entry, the presentation of the Commonwealth Stakes on April 2, featured extensive use of Trakus technology, in addition to pre-race graphics, odds, will pays, commentary, live running of the race, results, and post-race commentary.

Keeneland’s spring race meeting will be held April 3-24; no racing on Mondays, Tuesdays or Easter Sunday. Post time is 1:05 p.m. ET.