Blake: What Will Racing On Television Look Like In The Future?

As racegoers await the chance to pass through the gates of their favorite racetrack, At The Races columnist Kevin Blake suggests it’s the portrayal of racing on television that will ultimately advance the sport more than on-track attendance.

For those responsible for televising racing, Blake acknowledges it is likely challenging to balance the need for clear, simple views of betting prospects and shots that evoke appreciation for the power and majesty of the sport.

Blake points to a couple of new camera technologies test driven in Ireland and Japan in recent months that could significantly improve the viewing experience for fans and horseplayers alike.

In Japan, racing authorities have been testing an interactive camera in the parade ring, which lets users pan and zoom in on the horse of their choice — a great opportunity for keen observers to get a close look at a horse’s behavior pre-race. If video from parade rings is archived, viewers could also compare a horse’s demeanor with previous races to decide what is normal for that individual.

During the Pat Smullen Champions Race at the Curragh in late 2019, jockeys wore 360-degree cameras which went a step beyond the single-view helmet cam footage we have seen here in the United States. Rain on the day reduced the image clarity, but the cameras picked up audio which helped create an immersive experience.

Read Blake’s column at At the Races

See the 360 video of Champions Race winner A.P. McCoy (and watch to the end):

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