good nat sound just waiting to be captured. I got some good video! And that always
makes for good TV.
Cool part from filming --
The starting gates were around the far side of the track and could not be seen from
the gallery and finish line. I asked if I could go over there to get a shot of the horse
coming out of the gates, and they were happy to help. They had me jump on the back
of a truck with the handlers and the videographer from the track. I set up my camera
and got one shot as the horses blew through the gates. They move so fast, there is only
time for one! So, we'd jump back in the truck to ride around to the finish. When the next
race started 20 minutes later, I rode to the starting gates for a second shot (so I could
edit a sequence together).
You get to go to and do some pretty cool things when you have a camera in your
hand. I love that part of this business!
The owners of the horse track are hoping to get the go ahead to build a recino --
that's a racing casino -- soon. It's up to legislators to decide if they get it. But the
track has offered Arizona 45% of the profits. They say that's much higher then the
1-8% they get from most casinos. Track owners say it's an offer the state should
consider as part of their solution to the current budget crisis.
UPDATE: Evelyn remade this story in Spanish to go into Spanish newscast they do
every other week. She did a great job, and I was happy my footage get some extra
mileage! CLICK HERE to see her version.