|[April 27, 2012]
New Technology Keeps Watch on the Horse to Watch in the 2012 Kentucky Derby
BRENTWOOD, Tenn. --(Business Wire)--
On May 5, millions of people from around the world will be focused on
the colt favored to win this year's Kentucky Derby. Union Rags is the
second once-in-a-lifetime horse for trainer Michael Matz who also
trained the 2006 Derby winner, Barbaro. This time, Matz already has
cameras monitoring Union Rags 24/7, thanks to the special technology of
a company named Stallwatch.
On Demand Connection
Matz and Union Rags, along with handler Peter Brette, travel on the race
circuit; owner Phyllis M. Wyeth of Chadds Ford Stable lives in
Pennsylvania, confined to a wheelchair as a result of a 1962 auto
accident. So for this threesome, a potable monitoring system has been a
"Portability is the beauty of our product," explains Vice President
Darla Duncan. "Stallwatch makes the live stream accessible anywhere. You
don't have to have Internet access, just power and a 3G signal, to view
video in real time through the web or mobile apps." That means Matz,
Brette and Wyeth, thousands of miles apart, can each connect from any
location, day or night.
"It's so reassuring," says Matz, "to be able to check early or late and
see for myself that Union Rags is peaceful and resting well." Referring
to owner Wyeth, he adds, "Phyllis feels a lot more connected because she
doesn't have to rely on anyone else's opinion about how the horse is
doing. She can see him too...anytime. The streaming definitely makes
life easier for all of us!"
Ready to Go
Stallwatch technology took over three years to develop and finally
launched at the start of 2012. The kit comes with all the necessary
components to stream the video. Set up takes about fifteen minutes.
Streaming begins immediately. Monitoring also provides a safeguard
against intruders in the stall. Video is stored in the clouds for seven
days, available for review and also protected from tampering.
The Stallwatch camera will be traveling with Union Rags and his talented
camp to the 138th "Run for the Roses." Wyeth has big dreams for the
horse she bred, once sold and bought back again. Matz has another chance
to go for the Triple Crown. Champion jockey Julien Leparoux, with all
his awards, will be after his first ride into the Derby winner's circle.
The world too will be watching.
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