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Horse Racing in HD & 4K

Figured we have every other sport covered, so why not the ponies, especially since they ran even during the Covid shutdown?

It's also a new home for @dcowboy7 's popular pseudo tip sheet. Enjoy.
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Tiz the Law 6-5 fav....

Seven ways this Belmont Stakes broadcast will be different
By Andrew Marchand June 17, 2020

The 152nd Belmont Stakes will be like none before it. This includes on television.
NBC Sports will not only broadcast a fan-less and shorter race, but it will do so with about a quarter of its own cameras compared to last year. It will also have a fourth of the usual staff working the event.
But its lead horse racing producer, Rob Hyland, vows the production will look and sound as good as always thanks to teamwork with the New York Racing Association and innovation.
The Belmont is batting leadoff instead of third among the Triple Crown races because of the coronavirus pandemic.
“Essentially, this is the biggest event in sports in four months,” NBC host Mike Tirico said.
Tirico and analyst Randy Moss will be at the network’s Stamford, Conn., studio as part of a production that will be different in scope, but one which NBC says will look the same.

Fewer cameras, same look
Hyland would normally have 25 of NBC’s own cameras for the event, but instead will have seven. The network will use 24 NYRA on-site cameras to fill in some of the blanks. Plus, it will use a helicopter for an overhead view.
“The actual coverage of the sporting event should look no different,” Hyland said.

Mic’d up
NBC is planning on putting microphones on three jockeys on race day.
The NYRA outrider will wear a microphone and a high-powered radio that will have the broadcast. That will allow the broadcasters to speak with the winning jockey immediately following the race.
Without 90,000 screaming fans, Hyland believes the race sounds will really enhance the broadcast.

Social distance interviews
Reporters Britney Eurton and Kenny Rice will be on hand. They will do interviews using a 6-foot boom mic, which will respect social distancing and still be able to transmit the audio.
There will also be six microphones around the venue, including in the paddock, where NBC will be able to do interviews.

Virtual parties
The pageantry of racing is in the event, and so NBC has partnered with the Breeders Cup and America’s Best Racing to create virtual watch parties around the country. They will be integrated into the show. The network will have access to the primary owners of the horses, too.

The call
Larry Collmus will be on his 10th call. Will he be impacted by the lack of fans?
“I was thinking about that earlier, I don’t think so,” Collmus said. “The main difference is the lead-up to the race when you hear the crowd.”
Collmus will call the race from a closer view. Instead of from the press box level, he will be closer on the third floor in the stands.
“That will be kind of neat,” Collmus said.
Track announcer John Imbriale will still do his call as well, but NBC and NYRA are working to make sure that without a crowd Imbriale doesn’t muffle Collmus.

Handicapping
The race will be 1 ¹/₈ miles as opposed to 1 ½ miles. Handicapper Eddie Olczyk will be located in his basement in Chicago.

Less is more
NBC said it will have 50 people in total working on the Belmont Stakes as compared to 200 last year. This could be one of the lasting impacts of the pandemic on sports TV production as there will likely be fewer people, especially on site, moving forward.

https://nypost.com/2020/06/17/seven-...-be-different/

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Seven ways this Belmont Stakes broadcast will be different
By Andrew Marchand June 17, 2020

The 152nd Belmont Stakes will be like none before it. This includes on television.

Mic’d up
NBC is planning on putting microphones on three jockeys on race day.
The NYRA outrider will wear a microphone and a high-powered radio that will have the broadcast. That will allow the broadcasters to speak with the winning jockey immediately following the race.
Without 90,000 screaming fans, Hyland believes the race sounds will really enhance the broadcast.

https://nypost.com/2020/06/17/seven-...-be-different/
It will probably sound a lot like this scene from The Black Stallion at about the 5 minute mark of this clip (minus the music that starts creeping in later).

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Belmont is now first Triple Crown race in this coronavirus era
By Greg Joyce, New York Post - Jun. 20, 2020

Seven weeks late and nearly 800 miles away from the time-honored traditional beginning, the first leg of the 2020 Triple Crown has finally arrived.

In this coronavirus-modified year of horse racing, the last shall be first, and shortened, as the Belmont Stakes is set to run Saturday (post time 5:42 p.m.) at 1¹/₈ miles. Normally known as the “Test of the Champion,” for its 1½-mile dash at the end of a grueling five-week stretch, the New York jewel’s 152nd edition will be unlike any before it. The pageantry and fans may be missing, but the return of big-time racing will still be a welcomed sight for those involved.

“We never dreamed we’d find ourselves at the Belmont being the first leg of the Triple Crown, but it’s pretty cool to be someone that races in New York year-round and have it right here on our home court,” said Linda Rice, trainer of Max Player.

There has been no Kentucky Derby or Preakness to set the stage for the Belmont Stakes and a potential Triple Crown clincher, but Tiz the Law will enter the day as the prohibitive favorite (6-5 morning line). The 3-year-old from Sackatoga Stables, the only multiple graded stakes winner in the field, is vying to become just the fourth New York-bred horse to win the race, and the first since Forester did it in 1882.

Tap It to Win and Fore Left are the speedsters who could set the pace early in the one-turn race, with Tiz the Law and Dr Post right there in a stalking position, while Sole Volante, Max Player and Farmington Road are among the closers of the group. But given all the uncertainty and irregularity in racing and training schedules leading up to Saturday, what’s expected may get turned upside down once the gates fly open.

Tiz the Law last raced on March 28, winning his second Grade 1 stakes, but veteran trainer Barclay Tagg was at peace with the long layoff.

“There wasn’t a whole lot we could do about it, for one thing,” Tagg said. “The other thing, nothing seems to faze him in any way. I asked him this morning, he said, ‘Don’t worry about it.’ ”

A win with Tiz The Law would give Tagg and Sackatoga Stables some redemption 17 years after their last fateful Saturday in Elmont. They teamed up with Funny Cide in 2003 and were a Belmont Stakes win away from the Triple Crown, but finished third on that rainy June day. A win Saturday wouldn’t make up for that, but for the group with a small stable, getting back to this stage is anything but a given.

“It means a lot,” Tagg said. “We don’t get top contenders all the time. He seems like a nice horse. Hopefully he’s as good as we hope.”

Manny Franco will be making his Belmont Stakes debut riding Tiz the Law, but Tagg isn’t worried about the 25-year-old buckling under pressure — even if just four of the last 20 Belmont Stakes favorites have actually won the race.

“He’s gonna have a lot more pressure on him if he does something wrong,” Tagg said with a chuckle. “We love Manny, Manny’s been good to us. He’s a very, very good rider.”

The Belmont Stakes — which was originally scheduled to run June 6 — is one of 12 races set for Saturday, with the Grade 1 Woody Stephens, Grade 2 Pennine Ridge, Grade 3 Wonder Again, Grade 1 Longines Acorn and Grade 1 Jaipur all on the docket.

The day may look, feel and sound different, but when 5:42 p.m. rolls around, the Triple Crown will finally be underway.

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Best day of horse racing this yr so far - well at least till belmont stakes day 2 wks from today.
Which is now today... and I find this interesting:

Belmont Stakes post time: 5:42 pm ET
Northern Summer Solstice: 5:43 pm ET

Happy Solstice, horse racing fans!
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was this shown in 4K?
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Anyways YAY for sports !! 3 of the top 5 horses are racing on NBC & FS1 today:

5:15p $200,000 Fleur de Lis
Midnight Bisou 3-5 #1 ranked vs Serengeti Empress 2-1.
Bisou is great 20 starts & all 20 in the top 3 + $7.3 million career earnings BUT this is her 1st race since running in saudi arabi in feb so sometimes they need a start to get back to top form.
Empress will be out gunning with the lead so it comes down to if Bisou can run her down in the stretch.

5:47p $500,000 Stephen Foster
Toms dEtat 1-1 is actually the favorite over Be My Standards 5-2 even though Tom is ranked #5 & Standards #2.


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Nope. Too much of a skeleton crew to expect the usual production, let alone anything beyond that. Hopefully by Derby Day, things will have lightened up a bit.

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Nope. Too much of a skeleton crew to expect the usual production, let alone anything beyond that. Hopefully by Derby Day, things will have lightened up a bit.
I'm getting a sense of deja-vu...I could have sworn I saw this exact post from you a few days back
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You're imaging things.
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the Fox networks do a much better job of race coverage and race understanding. While the NBC networks have better camera work and the stupid microphones on the horses. But NBC makes it a human interest show rather than a race.

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12:00 noon ESPN joey chestnut in the nathans hot dog contest.
His odds are -1,250 so bet $1,250 win $100 - not a bad rate of return in 10 mins.
Miki Sudo on the girls side is the -1,000 fav.

Excellent horse race from belmont park today 5:47p NBC.
Mckinzie (ranked#11 horse in the wkly poll) 2-1 fav / Vekona 5-2 (#8) / Code Of Honor 3-1 (#4).
Funny that odds are reverse order of rankings.

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