Connaught Cup Stakes (G2) – The Stretch Drive

Connaught Cup Stakes (G2) – The Stretch Drive

Connaught Cup Stakes (G2) – The Stretch Drive

By Mike Rosen for Knightsbridge Bloodstock

One of the best things – in fact, our favorite thing – about Horse Racing is a thrilling photo finish.  In the $196,750 Connaught Cup Stakes (G2) at Woodbine on Saturday, Tower Of Texas and Calgary Cat on the grandstand side were urgently chasing a tiring Commute on the rail as the wire approached.  Here is a 20 second video of the exciting finish.

Full result


  • Connaught Cup Stakes 7f

  • $174,999 added 4yo+ 9 ran
  • Winner $110,250 2nd $35,000 3rd $17,500 4th $12,250
  • Surface: Turf
  • Tower Of Texas (USA)

  • Age: 6 (Foaled February 3rd, 2011)
  • Sex: Bay Gelding
  • Breeding: Street Sense (USA) – Rare Opportunity (USA) (Danzig Connection (USA))
  • Trainer: Roger Attfield
  • Owner: Van Meter Ii, Thomas F And Dilworth, Scott


Pos Draw Dist Horse Weight Jockey Trainer Age SP
1st (1) Tower Of Texas (USA) 8-4 Eurico Silva Da Roger Attfield 6 9/2
2nd (6) Commute (USA) 8-4 Patrick Husbands Mark Casse 5 10/1
3rd (4) Calgary Cat (USA) 8-10 Luis Contreras Kevin Attard 7 5/2


Photo-finish cameras were developed during the 1940s and 1950s as a means of regulating the racing industry and to reduce cheating. Betting on races became increasingly popular during the middle decades of the twentieth century. Authorities were therefore concerned to improve the probity of racing which was widely regarded as corrupt.

Typically photo-finish cameras use strip photography, in which a camera is aimed at the finish line from an elevated position in a tower. It captures only the sequence of events on that line in the vertical dimension. Every part of each racer’s body is shown as it appeared the moment it crossed the line; anything stationary is represented as a horizontal streak. The horizontal position represents time, and time markings along the bottom of the photo can be used to find the exact crossing time of any racer. The high angle allows judges to see the position of every racer in relation to the others.

In a conventional photograph, the image shows a variety of locations at a fixed moment in time; strip photography swaps the time and space dimensions, showing a variety of times at a fixed location.

The final image often shows a solid white background, which is a continuous scan of the painted finish line. Racers may appear distorted based on the movement of their limbs and heads as they cross the line; limbs are elongated where they remain static or move backwards in relation to the slit-shutter, or truncated if they move faster than the film moving past the slit.
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