Calder Casino & Race Course says it will become the only racetrack in Florida to offer its simulcast in high definition (“HD”) when it opens its 2010 season of live horse racing on April 25.
The HD signal will be shown on more than 200 HD-enabled flat screen monitors at Calder and at participating simulcast outlets throughout the state and across the nation, as well as www.twinspires.tv, the only online wagering site to show HD signals.
“The obvious benefit is clarity of picture during the race, giving bettors a sharper and larger view of the horses, especially in the simulcast environment where viewing is often done from a distance,” said Churchill Downs Simulcast Productions general manager David Loignon, in a Calder press release. “However, we feel an equally significant advantage is the increased screen spaces afforded by HD’s 16-by-9 aspect ratio, which we took advantage of by adding racing and wagering information, including BRIS handicapping information and previous race results, not found on any other simulcast feeds.”
Calder’s parent company, Churchill Downs Incorporated, pioneered HD simulcasting at its flagship track, Churchill Downs, in the fall of 2008. Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots, CDI’s property in New Orleans, became the second CDI track to offer its signal in high definition. Calder and Arlington Park, in Arlington Heights, Illinois, will make the entire CDI family of tracks high definition when their seasons start this spring, Calder says.
In addition to the introduction of the high definition signal, Calder will utilize a new graphics package that is based on a year’s worth of customer research, including survey information and focus groups.
More than 200 HDTVs have been installed at Calder. Those televisions are spread throughout Calder’s simulcast areas, Turf Club, casino and Studz Poker Club.
The 2010 Calder Meet and Tropical Meet simulcasts will also be offered in a typical standard-definition format for facilities without HD technology in place.