DEL MAR, Calif. (AP) — Jockey Mike Smith will wear a miniature camera on his helmet during this weekend’s Breeders’ Cup, bringing fans a close-up view from the saddle.
The “Jockey Cam” will be incorporated in NBC and NBCSN’s live coverage of the season-ending championships at Del Mar on Friday and Saturday. This marks the first time viewers can watch a jockey’s tactical decisions as a major stakes race unfolds.
Smith leads the Breeders’ Cup with 25 victories and more than $34 million in purse earnings. He will ride several favorites, including defending champion Arrogate in the $6 million Classic on Saturday.
The camera helmet weighs only 2.6 ounces and can deliver high-definition pictures and video. NBC Sports Group coordinating producer Rob Hyland says the “fresh perspective” will allow viewers to see the “quick decisions a jockey must make during a race.”