Monday, October 20, 2014

Sneak peek of new, ground-breaking HD video page officially launched by the New York Racing Association

The New York Racing Association, Inc.

Friday, October 17, 2014

Contact: NYRA Press Office
(718) 659-2244

Sneak peek of new, groundbreaking HD video page
officially launched by the New York Racing Association

ELMONT, N.Y. - Utilizing the latest, most-cutting edge technology to further enhance the overall experience for horseplayers and racing fans alike, the New York Racing Association announced that starting tomorrow morning, visitors to will be offered a special, two-day sneak preview of new, HD video capabilities.

This first-of-its-kind industry-offering will enable viewers to utilize a variety of unique camera angles from on and off the track. These include:

*           Program Feed - The regularly-produced NYRA video feed
*           Head-On Feed - Provides a head-on view during the entire race
*           Stretch Camera - Shows the length of the main track stretch. This can be utilized for viewing morning workouts
*           Finish Line Camera - Shows the perspective from the inside rail at the finish line looking up the stretch on the main track. This can be utilized for viewing morning workouts.
*           Paddock Camera - Shows activity in the paddock leading up to the races.

"Our new, innovative and groundbreaking HD platform was developed with our guests in mind, with a goal of further enhancing their overall experience on and off the track," stated New York Racing Association Chief Executive Officer and President Christopher Kay. "After spending millions to enhance the guest experience for those visiting our race tracks, we are also spending similar sums to enhance the experience for all our fans that connect with us through their phones, tablets and computers. Combined with this summer's launch of our HD app, horseplayers and fans now have the newest, most-cutting edge digital tools available anywhere within the thoroughbred racing industry."  

Further reflecting the New York Racing Association's continued embrace of HD technology, today's announcement follows the recent launch of the thoroughbred racing leader's HD smartphone app, providing NYRA Rewards customers with a crystal-clear live feed of races from Saratoga Race Course, Belmont Park and Aqueduct Racetrack. This popular HD tool is available for both iOS and Android based devices, and also offers the option to listen to race calls in either English or Spanish.

The new HD page, which will also include a live Twitter feed of New York Racing Associated-related content, is anticipated to be widely available later this fall.

About The New York Racing Association

NYRA's mission is "Meeting the highest standards in thoroughbred racing and equine safety." Founded in 1955, and franchised to run thoroughbred racing at New York's three major tracks (Aqueduct Racetrack, Belmont Park, and Saratoga Race Course) through 2033, NYRA boasts a lineage that actually stretches back almost 150 years. NYRA tracks are the cornerstone of the state's thoroughbred business which contributes more than $2 billion annually to New York State's urban, suburban and rural economy. In 2013, nearly 1.7 million people attended the live races at NYRA tracks. Factoring in nationwide off-track wagering, the average daily betting handle on NYRA races totals more than $9 million.

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