New Cameras Could Thrill Fans, Aid Trainers
Michael Jones, innovator of the JonesCam, hopes to debut his tiny helmet camera at Saratoga Race Course this summer, to the delight of race fans and trainers alike.
The four-ounce camera, which is about the size of a cigarette lighter, sits on top a jockey’s helmet, rather than to the side, as with older, larger models, and places the viewer almost at the rider’s eye level.
NBC Sports Group representative Bob Hughes said that if approved by NYRA stewards, the cameras would offer unique points of view for racing’s audience. Any footage from the JonesCams would be available to NYRA, OTB and HRTV, according to a report by the Albany Times Union.
Trainers have found the device helpful in early testing, too. The cameras have already helped top New York trainer Gary Contessa identify what his horses are spooking at during workouts.
Read more at the Albany Times Union