New Gulfstream Park Track Record
TRAKUS, Boston, MA, USA – A correction has been made to the official finish time for the 1 1/8 mile Pegasus World Cup (G1) run at Gulfstream Park on January 28, 2017. Upon subsequent detailed review of the race performance data, it has been determined that the winning horse ARROGATE (Unbridled's Song) finished the race in 1:46.83. This finish time sets a new Gulfstream Park track record for the 1 1/8 mile race run on the dirt surface (previous track record at this distance held by LEA at the 2014 Donn Hcp in 1:46.86). Updated charts are now available on Gulfstream Park’s website and through Equibase.
Gulfstream Park employs Trakus for its tracking and timing services. The Trakus System works by using a small radio transceiver outfitted on each horse, and a network of antennas and computing equipment located around the racecourse. Trakus technology is deployed at major racecourses around the world (additional details available on the Trakus website), and has been in operation at Gulfstream Park since 2011. The company has recently completed a comprehensive review of the race data for the Pegasus World Cup, working with Gulfstream Park’s management team and industry partner Equibase.
Trakus technology functions reliably, robustly, and on a daily basis all over the world, and has been operated for more than 110,000 races since its introduction in 2006. During the Pegasus World Cup, a minor anomaly in the underlying tracking data was experienced for ARROGATE in the measurement cycle reporting as the horse approached the finish line. On major race days, extreme environmental conditions are not unusual, and may impact reliable tracking performance. Such conditions existed during the record-setting Pegasus World Cup, which resulted in the live race final time being measured with an error of a fraction of a second (initially reported as 1:47.61). Although the chart was initially delayed and reviewed by Trakus standard quality assurance protocols, the results were subsequently posted for all runners containing the incorrect winning finish time. A frame-by-frame video replay analysis showed the correct winning time to be 1:46.83.
Trakus regrets the incorrect reporting of the finish time and apologizes for any inconvenience caused to our partner, Gulfstream Park, their fans and horsemen, and all industry stakeholders. The company is continuously investing in its technology development efforts, training procedures, and racing operations support staff in order to provide the most accurate and reliable information possible to its racetrack partners and racing fans.
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