MJC Now Recording Horse’s Weights In Paddock

After a trial run a week earlier, Laurel Park on June 22 began officially recording the weight of each horse as it entered the paddock for the racing program.

Maryland Jockey Club President Sal Sinatra explained that grooms are now asked to go to the scale on the right when they enter the paddock and allow horses to stand on the scale for about four seconds. The weight is recorded and shown on the Laurel simulcast graphics before each race.

Sinatra said Equibase will begin publishing horses’ weights in its past performances for Laurel races. Recording of weights is a project of The Stronach Group, which owns Laurel.

The program has been in the works for months and, after the scale arrived, it needed to be calibrated. Sinatra said TSG executive P.J. Campo, on a trip to Japan, noticed the racetrack weighed all the horses and brought the suggestion back to company officials.

Sinatra said the weighing of horses is an attempt to provide more information to bettors. It can also be a way to track a horse’s weight for a variety of purpose.

The objective is to encourage other tracks in the Mid-Atlantic region to begin weighing horses in the paddock to provide for consistency.

“At Laurel, we can have up to 20 horses shipping in who raced at other tracks, so I’m hopeful other tracks in the region jump in on this,” Sinatra said.

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