- I mentioned that TVG was touting their upcoming Blue Grass day coverage, and I got a press release with further details:
24 cameras will be on location to capture every angle of the racing action, more than four times as many cameras as a typical on-track production. Jockeys in the Blue Grass will wear TVG’s All-Access wireless microphones allowing viewers to hear the sounds of the race from their perspective. Real-time tracking technology with the Trakus system will enable viewers to easily identify and follow their horses throughout the race. TVG will also debut state-of-the-art, in-race graphics, including Orad’s TrackVision technology which is similar to the “yellow line” graphics used in football games to highlight the first down line. The TrackVision technology will highlight the finish line, 100-yard markers and the racing lanes in the event of an inquiry.Must be a lot of pent-up creative energy at TVG after their bleak winter months, and it certainly sounds as if they'll be letting it all hang out on Saturday. Maybe they'll even give us a break from 58 Flat, a show which I'm not at all opposed to under most circumstances, but I find that it can break the momentum when TVG is on a roll, as it was last Saturday at Keeneland. With 24 cameras, I'm sure that TVG can follow Carothers around the grandstand all day!
The real-time tracking with Trakus referred to in the release is the running order of the entire field that you see at the bottom of the screen at Keeneland, and I maintain that that's the single biggest advancement in race video since color TV. It should be standard fare at every track in the country.
And as Glimmerglass pointed out, the race is indeed exclusive to TVG; the ESPN broadcast will be on delayed tape. Hopefully that doesn't mean that it's going off at the same time as the Arkansas Derby...
- Pletcher told Tim Wilken of the Albany Times-Union, "We are struggling right now." The Toddster had five horses break from the Derby starting gate last year, but he'll be hard pressed to have a single one come May 3.
None of his horses is among the top 20 Derby contenders, a list based on graded-stakes earnings. His top earner, Atoned, is 22nd.- Layoff notices will be going out to NYC OTB employees this week.
Atoned, fourth in Saturday's Illinois Derby, has $130,000 in earnings. Pletcher's Cowboy Cal, scheduled to run in Saturday's Blue Grass at Keeneland, is 34th on the list ($57,660) and Monba, owned in part by Duanesburg's Don Lucarelli, is 36th ($50,000). Monba also could show up in the Blue Grass, which carries a purse of $750,000, 60 percent of which ($450,000) goes to the winning connections. [Times Union]
“New York City OTB plans to close down on June 16, right after the Belmont Stakes,” said Dan Wray, the firm’s director for legislative affairs. “We’re hoping in that short time span that the Legislature seriously deals with these issues.”
Layoff notices are going out this week, because workers must receive them by April 17, to give everyone 60 days’ notice before a shutdown occurs.
“We don’t believe that’s going to happen,” said Scott Reif, a spokesman for Senate Majority Leader Joseph L. Bruno, R-Brunswick. “We are actively seeking a state remedy.” [Saratogian]