What Technologies Could Jockeys Use to Improve Horse Racing?
Horse racing is a huge industry around the world, with many countries having a large number of racetracks that host events. However, the sport as a whole is not one for using a lot of technology and using whatever it can to enhance things.
Eventually this will have to change, if the sport wants to keep up with others around it. But what can horse racing do to make itself more open to technology being used, and in particular is there something that jockeys can wear to help the sport out? We look at two possible ideas, both involving jockeys, that could enhance the sport.
Jockey Cams to Enhance Stewards Inquiries
Stewards inquiries are one of the most important parts of horse racing. Those who bet on horse racing using betting offers for new customers will want stewards inquiries dealt with in the best possible way.
We have many camera angles available when looking at these, but one key area appears to be missing. This is from the jockey’s own personal perspective. This would be solved if jockeys started to wear cameras, something that has been trialled but never used fully.
Seeing what the jockeys had to put up with during the race from their perspective, when they need to make split second decisions while travelling at high speed is only going to help stewards work out the right calls when there is trouble in running.
With real growth in the gadget sector over the past decade, cameras would be very small, top quality in terms focus and they would not affect the rider in any way. The evidence from these in the stewards room could make the difference when a decision needs to be made, and for that reason it would be worth an investment from the racing industry, to ensure races are ran are fairly as possible.
Jockey Monitors to Test How Difficult a Ride Has Been
Those who are really into racing will watch a lot of races and try to work out the form between each. We can see that a horse has been impressive visually, but there are no stats to back that up, it is all based on opinion.
But what if we did have stats to back things up, so we could compare winners of big races from meetings such as the Breeders Cup? Generally speaking, a horse that wins easy requires very little other than steering from the jockey. A horse that wins but makes very hard work of it, or one that has a hard race, requires a lot of pressure from the jockey.
If we had our jockeys hooked up to monitors to judge their heart rate and work rate during races, that would give us stats which could be used to compare horses. This is purely aimed at those who watch and bet on racing, and who want to dive deeper into things, but it is certainly another improvement that the industry would benefit from.