TVG to Provide Del Mar Stewards with Replays

TVG will make their isolated camera feeds and race replays available to Del Mar track stewards each Friday, Saturday, and Sunday through the end of the season, Tony Allevato, network executive producer announced Aug. 4.

The move came after a controversial non-call in the July 30 Bing Crosby Breeders' Cup Handicap (gr. I). Favored Bordonaro was believed to have been struck at least once across the head by jockey Jon Court's whip at the top of the stretch. Court, who was aboard eventual winner Pure as Gold, said he didn't know if he struck Bordonaro and the three-member panel of stewards unanimously agreed the video replays they have access to were inconclusive.

Bordonaro's co-owner, Daniel Cassella, filed an official protest with the California Horse Racing Board contending that his horse should have been elevated to first place after being struck across the face.

"We have isolated cameras on two horses in every race," Allevato said. "So, if there's an incident involving one of the horses we have isolated, we'll provide that to the stewards. Our cameras are much tighter, so if either of (the two isolated horses) is involved, they'll have the feed."

Steward Scott Chaney said that the addition of the TVG feed gives officials another tool when viewing replays.

"We won't be watching TVG, but we do have access to those feeds if we need it," said Chaney. "We in no way choose the horses that they decide to isolate on, but if we feel we need them we can view the film."

Allevato also said that TVG would provide their feeds to the stewards at any track where their cameras are located.