Horse Racing


…Supreme Ventures Racing and Entertainment Limited installs new state of the art, photo finish camera, says pundits will have more accurate times

Observer staff reporter

Friday, March 22, 2019

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CHRISTOPHER Wills, Information, Communication and Technology (ICT) manager at Supreme Ventures Racing and Entertainment Limited (SVREL) is offering that with the company's new Photo Finish Lynx system now in place at Caymanas Park, the results of close and tight finishes can now be viewed immediately after horses go by the winning post.

For many years, the results of races requiring the photo finish camera to decide the winner, took a very long time before the winner/s could be determined, prompting many calls for a new system.

Wills then informed the gathering at a press conference which took place at Caymanas Park on Tuesday last (March 19) that the new Photo Finish Lynx system, which was installed and tested at the races last Saturday, is six times faster than what was previously being used.

“SVREL took over the reins of Caymanas Park in March 2017 and we have made some significant and strategic investments.

“I am pleased to announce that we have taken yet another major technological step, we have achieved another milestone as on Saturday, March 16, 2019, we have successfully installed, tested and ran for the first time a state of the art photo finish system.

“It [Photo Finish Lynx system] is actually six times faster than the previous system we had in place when we took over. It records up to 6,000 frames per seconds. It provides high definition imagery and we have an opportunity to have both one dimensional and two-dimensional imagery for the patrons viewing,” the SVREL ICT manager said.

Wills said that the Photo Finish Lynx system is used at all the major thoroughbred events worldwide.

“It is used at the Breeder's Cup, it is used at the Kentucky Derby and it is used at the Dubai World Cup.

“We ensured, in procuring this equipment, that we had the latest hardware and software configuration and it has allowed for the electronic recording of time,” he stated.

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