The foundation of the Trakus product line is its best-in-class electronic tracking technology. This tracking system determines the exact location of each horse throughout the entire race. The implications of this tracking data for handicapping, training, and other purposes are enormous.
But the most visible and immediate impact of Trakus technology is video enhancement. Our Virtuoso™ Graphics Platform, supplied with every system, is the key. Virtuoso enables track operators to control several different types of video enhancements and distribute them through numerous video channels both on-site and off-site.
Animated Positional Display - “Chicklets”
The so-called “chicklet” video enhancement creates an animated pane alongside the traditional live video of the race. In the chicklet pane, each horse is shown as a small tile bearing the same color and number as its saddlecloth. The tiles move in real-time, showing the actual position of the horses relative to the pack. Chicklets bring instant clarity to race viewers, even when horses are difficult to see in the video due to a close pack, wide camera view, or inclement weather.
Full-Field Running Order and Other Real-Time Graphics
This video enhancement creates a graphical overlay to traditional live video showing the running order of every horse in the field, not just the top 3 or 4. The running order is automatically updated in real time! Additional information can be displayed with each horse, such as its name, betting odds---even its speed! Other real-time graphics such as a race progress meter help viewers follow the action.
Perhaps the most striking video enhancement of all is 3-D animated replays. Animated replays are photo-realistic views of the race, based on the actual tracking data. Virtuoso enables the easy creation of replays featuring cuts between virtual cameras, such as a “blimp cam”, rail cam, and even a jockey cam! Plus, numerous effects can be added, such as highlighting and motion trails. The ability to entertain and inform fans between races has never been greater!