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Gold Circle Considers Horse Tracking Technology
South Africa's Gold Circle is exploring its options in regard to installing a racehorse tracking system that would enhance viewers' experience of racing on television, according to its website. At present, viewers are solely reliant upon a race caller's commentary and their own skill of identifying horses in running during a race. However, tracking technology does exist whereby a horse's exact position on a racetrack can be accurately displayed throughout a race by means of a graphical representation on the bottom third of the screen. Antennas placed at intervals along the track communicate, through wireless technology, with a radio transponder that is placed inside each horse's saddlecloth. The time lag on the best systems currently available is apparently negligible. The system would not only be useful in real time, but it would also be a valuable review tool for stewards, handicappers, trainers and of course punters (in terms of sectional times). The deciding factor for introducing the technology is likely to be the cost.