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HRN Original Blog:
Zipse At The Track

Why Can't NBC or ESPN Do This?

A friend asked me if I had seen the YouTube video replay of the Queen's Plate yet, and when I said no, he told me I needed to see the great camera work in the second half of the video. Sure enough he was right. I have seen a plethora of different camera angles covering horse racing over the years, and especially of late. Television networks have done some good things recently, such as the overhead view that allows he viewer to really track a horse's trip, but overall they just don't seem to make great use of all the wonderful technology at their fingertips. Usually they try to do much, and switch from angle to angle too often, confusing me, and I'm sure millions of others. Or they fail in getting the type of up close and personal shots that make you feel like you are right in the middle of the action. I'm here to tell NBC and ESPN that they need to take a look at the simple work done by Woodbine Entertainment Group in yesterday's wonderful win by Inglorious in the Queen's Plate. Check out the video of Canada's signature race here (the alternate view starts at approximately 3:50 into the video.)

I loved the way WEG just focused on the leaders from this cool angle the entire race. Even though I knew Inglorious was about to inhale the field, I found it exhilarating to see her ascend on the leaders from the view of the moving camera. I felt both in the middle of action, and never confused of what was happening. I could feel her triumph in the final strides to the wire and then gallop out. Now compare that great view of the race, achieved with one camera on a truck, versus the hodgepodge of cameras used in last fall's Breeders' Cup Mile.

Goldikova rolls home in very similar fashion to Inglorious, but I don't know, maybe I just like to keep things simple. All the different shots only succeeded in blurring the eyes. What do you think, should the coverage of the Queen's Plate by Woodbine Entertainment Group set a new standard in how we watch horse races? Should NBC and ESPN just try to keep it simple? I, for one, think so.


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This same angle was used in last year's Queen's Plate, as I recall. But because Big Red Mike won wire to wire there was no drama like this year. You just see Eurico and his chestnut grind all the way around and Hotep make a bit of a bid. As you say Brian, this year the angle shows Inglorious emerge from the pack, circle, and bound away late.
And the water truck just gets up by a bumper
Oh, but Tim, that would take away the fun!!! Standing on the rail, and watching the horses go by, and finally seeing your horse in a photo with the water truck. Priceless!!!
At least when my horse is in last i can see its number!!
The technology for the tracking of the numbers is done by a company called Trakus, Tim ... I like it too
It was really hard to follow for sure. Woodbine has the best . Plus the rotating numbers showing all horses by GPS? Good Job Woodbine.
How many angles was that for Goldikova's race? 15 maybe in a minute and a half?
They dont even realize that by switching around so much like that the spectator loses track of who's where..duh!
I think who ever was in charge of filming the BC races had ADD!! That ground shot was SO unnecessary!! :P General Broadcast stations dont know jack about filming horses anyway..cuz they dont do it enuf - amatuers
Really cool view...
Wow, you can't see anything in the BC Mile until the stretch when they go to the simple camera angle. The crews that show 9 or 10 races a day at every track around the country know what they are doing! NBC/ESPN follow their lead.
Maybe Dave, but I think it is an absolute natural for a big race on TV, and yes, as a replay shot. I have never seen it done like this in 40 years of watching racing on TV.
that's a great REPLAY shot. I'd kill a track if they did that live

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Brian has been a passionate fan of horse racing his entire life. Taken to the races at a very young age, he has been lucky enough to see all the greats in person from Secretariat, Forego, and Ruffian through Rachel Alexandra, Zenyatta, and American Pharoah. Before coming to the Nation, Brian displayed his love for the sport through the development of his horse racing website, which quickly became one of the most popular blogs in the game. 

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A horse owner and graduate of DePaul University, Brian lives just outside of Louisville with his wife Candice and daughter Kendra.


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