Updated Site, New Datasets
By Dana Byerly
We’re happy to announce that we’ve given Horse Racing Datasets a much needed update! Now you can easily browse datasets by category or data type.
In early 2015 we started with 10 datasets, we’re currently at 54. We initially labeled datasets with one or more data types to facilitate quick assessment. Initially we used the data types of Breeding, Injury, Payouts, Racing and Sales and we’ve since added Handle, Pools and Wagering. Each dataset has at least one data type.
As we’ve added datasets categories have also emerged, so we’ve added that as another way to quickly find datasets of interest. The current categories are Breeders’ Cup, Del Mar, International, Juveniles, Kentucky Derby, Saratoga, Triple Crown, New and Featured. Featured datasets will also appear on the homepage. Categories are similar to data types in that they’re a way to find data, but unlike data types, not every dataset has a category.
In addition to using the sidebar navigation, you can use the data type chicklets or the category hashtags to navigate to the respective listing page. You can also link to the dataset with the icon/text combo (e.g., the Google Drive icon and Google label pictured above).
For Saratoga we have two datasets on Trainers: Trainers off a break and trainers juvenile first time starters. We also have 2018 field size favorites and odds by course and distance for both Saratoga and Del Mar. We’re anticipating adding Jessica Chapel’s 2019 juvenile tracker once it becomes available, the 2015-2018 versions are available at the site.
We also have two new features lined up for this site, one for Saratoga and one for Del Mar. Each will launch after the first week of the respective meet.