The Rising Popularity of Sports Like Instant Racing
The machines are designed to provide people with an authentic racing experience. Meaning, they simulate all of the aspects of racing that you would expect. However, they feature races that have already been run, so the main problem is simply coming up with a system that preserves the experience without letting anybody know the results beforehand.
The instant racing machines achieve this by providing a more authentic experience without horse or trainer names, and without mentioning who the jockey's are. This allows players to experience the race without accidentally knowing the outcome beforehand.
But of course, how do you get the authentic experience then? A big part of horse racing is handicapping, and really figuring the odds so that you can make a good guess as to the results of the race. That's why the instant racing machines also provide that.
Through the Daily Racing Forum, they provide statistical information about the horses, albeit again without naming names. This provides the player with an opportunity to view the previous results of those horses, trainers and jockeys, to get an idea for the quality of the horse.
Then a player is able to make an educated guess, based on this information, as to the outcome of the race. Enabling them to get more of a true racing experience in the mix.