The first jewel of the Triple Crown of thoroughbred horse racing took place this past Saturday, at the 140th Kentucky Derby. While California Chrome was the heavy favorite leading up to this year's Derby, the race is never over till it's over, and standings for the rest of the field could have gone in any direction. Without any prior knowledge of horse racing lore, Eureqa® and Brisnet.com's handicapping data helped us complete beginners predict 4 of the first 5 horses across the finish line.
The Most Exciting Two Minutes in Sports
While the lavish hats and the $2,000 mint juleps always deserve attention at America's most popular horse race, the real stars of the show are the 3 year old colts. California Chrome's cinderella story, combined with Wicked Strong's connection to Boston and New England, drew the second-largest crowd the Kentucky Derby has ever seen. Thousands of experienced and amateur handicappers have been following these 19 colts throughout their racing careers, discovering intimate details about their quirks and characteristics, but were there hidden relationships that no one had accounted for yet?
Once we started running Brisnet.com's unique handicapping data through Nutonian's cognitive computing engine, the answer was clear. I can't deny that my eyes glazed over after looking through 62 different variables and 265 horses, but Eureqa®'s autonomous insights ran into no such obstacle. By uncovering a deep relationship between just 4 key variables, Eureqa® helped us predict the finish of the race.