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 February 10th, 2019, 04:07 AM #2 Global Moderator   Joined: Dec 2006 Posts: 20,298 Thanks: 1971 How are the times measured? Thanks from Dangersteve
 February 10th, 2019, 04:55 AM #3 Newbie   Joined: Feb 2019 From: UK Posts: 3 Thanks: 0 In what sense? If you mean how is the time information gained, then I believe at the racecourses with the new technology, a GPS tracker fitted to the saddle cloth of each horse and it is therefore all done via computer power. In the old days time was calculated as a horse passed furlong marker posts by using a stopwatch or more accurately video replay timers. This is still the case at most tracks in the UK, hence the problem I'm having trying to use lengths behind the leader to calculate times. The times themselves are in seconds and tenths of seconds.
 February 10th, 2019, 07:28 AM #4 Global Moderator   Joined: Dec 2006 Posts: 20,298 Thanks: 1971 A horse can run 5 feet in a tenth of a second.
 February 10th, 2019, 08:18 AM #5 Newbie   Joined: Feb 2019 From: UK Posts: 3 Thanks: 0 Indeed So if A and B are both running at approximately 5 feet per tenth of a second and B is 3 tenths behind A then visually you would assume the gap would look around 15 feet. If a horse is roughly 9 feet in length nose the rear then the gap should be around 1.6 lengths, or visually it should look like 0.6 from the nose of B to the rear of A. Yet on the video replay the gap looks to be less than a length, B's nose is level with A's back legs. ??? And this seems to be a problem in most races when looking at the distances behind the leader compared to the exact GPS recorded times. Weird!

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