Track Tech

12:01am

Fri May 4, 2012
Track Tech

Track Tech: Jobs Beyond Technology's Reach

A view of Churchill's "Backside"
Devin Katayama Louisville Public Media

The preparation of a horse for Triple Crown events, like the Kentucky Derby, is a demanding, 365 day a year process.  And, the majority of people who do the work are foreign born. Many workers on a track’s “backside” say it’s a job most Americans would avoid.  In the final part of our Track Tech series, from the home of the Kentucky Derby, we report on the people who do jobs just beyond the reach of modern technology.

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12:01am

Thu May 3, 2012
Track Tech

Track Tech: Medical Marvels Not Always Affordable

Over the last three years, The New York Times reports, some 36-hundred race horses have died at the nation’s tracks.  Modern technology might have saved some of those animals, but, in an industry that must worry about the bottom line, healing a horse is often too expensive. 

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12:01am

Wed May 2, 2012
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Track Tech: Artificial Surfaces Fading in America

Running on Pimlico's dirt track.
Matt Laslo/WEKU

Every one of the Triple Crown events, the Kentucky Derby, Maryland’s Preakness and the Belmont Stakes in New York, is run on a dirt track. Some in the horse racing industry want to end that tradition and lay down potentially safer synthetic tracks. But with grandstands increasingly empty, critics say track owners are putting profits over safety.

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12:01am

Tue May 1, 2012
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Track Tech: Not Missing the Boat, Again

Track officials hope smart phone apps will help in the recruitment of younger fans.
Keeneland Race Course

During the Triple Crown events, thoroughbred horse racing commands a national audience. But three Saturdays a year can’t support an industry that was once the most popular sport in America.  WEKU’s Jacalyn Carfagno tells us how racing hopes to regain its audience.

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12:01am

Mon April 30, 2012
Track Tech

Track Tech: Every Home a Betting Window

Larry Scott watches the races from the many screens at the off-track betting parlor in Phoenix, New York. He says he doesn’t have any desire to bet on the horses online and prefers the OTB.
Ryan Delaney / WRVO

It’s Derby Week and WEKU looks at how technology is changing the horse racing industry.  Today, we look at gambling. Not long ago, fans could only make a wager at the track itself, or perhaps at off-track-betting parlors. Now, in many states, they can bet online. That means more gamblers can stay home, cutting average attendance at many tracks.

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