Ontario, Canada – The Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario has commissioned the use of drones to watch horse races in Canada, a first in North America, to keep jockeys from breaking the rules. The first trial was at a cart racing qualifying race where no spectators or betting was allowed. The trial proceeded with only minor problems of a sketchy internet connection, so the drone’s memory cards were taken to the judges for review before they announced the winners. “The drivers didn’t notice the drone, and the horses themselves didn’t notice the drone either,” Bret Stone of the racing commission said. “The footage we got today was encouraging.”
The advantage of using drones is judges can view the jockeys from every angle, to make sure they are not violating race rules. With the successful trial at a cart race, they will be used at Quarter horse races and Thoroughbred races.
Original Story and Pictures: CBCAuthor: Dale Williams <-- Become my friend on Facebook! - Phone: 724-964-6773
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