Breeder's Cup: University of Arizona Students Start Company to Improve Horse Racing Video

On a typical weekday at 8 a.m., most college students are preparing for class, or so the parents funding their educations can only hope.
David Matt, a senior at the University of Arizona Race Track Industry Program, wasn’t even close to campus Monday morning, or even in Arizona. Rather, he was on the Churchill Downs backstretch, watching Havre de Grace breeze in the morning hours in preparation for the Breeders’ Cup Classic.
His family need not worry. Matt, co-founder of the video production company EquiSight with classmate Kenleigh Hobby, was hard at work, getting video footage of the filly’s workout from a small high-definition camera affixed to the top of the helmet of jockey Gabriel Saez, who worked the filly.
The video recorded her final pre-Breeders’ Cup workout from her rider’s perspective, catching the sounds and speed of the filly as she breezed five furlongs in 1:02 – giving the viewer the feeling of what its like to be aboard a horse going over 35 miles per hour.

“It was a senior project – we do a capstone – to identify a pressing issue within the industry,” Matt said of the creation of EquiSight. “The problem we’re trying to solve is to improve the video production in horse racing. We want to improve the quality and get fans more interactive since its not really exciting watching the pan angle.”

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Released date: 
Dec 2 2011