To Film Entire Running of All Centennial Races: Colorado Commission Approves Plan; to be Used at Coming Meet, Daily Racing Form, 1952-06-16


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To Film Entire Running Of All Centennial Races Colorado Commission Approves Plan; To Be Used at Coming Meet LITTLETON, Colo., June 14.— There will be a complete motion picture taken of •very race, from start to finish, at Centennial Race Track this year. For the first time in its brief history, the Denver area track will incorporate this feature into its daily operation. Plans for use of the full-race movies were announced yesterday by Barry Whitehead, director of racing at Centennial, and approved by the Colorado Racing Commission. Already bids are being taken from the major companies that install and operate the film patrol, and contracts will be let in time for mechanical work on the project to be completed prior to opening day, July 11. "Use of the film patrol is a vital step forward," said commission chairman Max Brooks. "It is certain to lead to the betterment of thoroughbred racing in Colorado." Whitehead hailed the plan as "one of the most useful instruments ever devised to make and keep racing clean." He revealed that Centennials plans call for a two-station arrangement, with two cameras as each station. One set is located on top of the grandstand and positioned to catch all the action from the starting gate to the finish line. The second set will be placed on a platform at the clubhouse turn and pointed up the track in order to record a head-on account of the race as the field of horses comes down the stretch to the wire. Centennial will have the most modern film patrol equipment available, and the operation will be so executed that in the event of an "inquiry" after a race the delay will be as brief as possible. Whitehead was a member of Hollywood Parks official staff in 1939, when the photographing of complete races was first used experimentally.

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