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Turfway Park first with latest technology

Thursday, September 4, 2003 12:00 AM
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All-in-one Super Carrel debuts in the RaceBook
FLORENCE, KY . . . September 4, 2003 . . . Already boasting a state-of-the-art racebook, Turfway Park upped the ante this week by premiering the Super Carrel, a self-contained, all-in-one wagering environment unique in Thoroughbred racing. The track is the first in the country to install the system.

The latest brainchild of Charlson Broadcast Technologies (CBT), the Super Carrel allows players to see past performances, video replays, real-time odds, and simulcast and live races—and even order food—without leaving the carrel’s chair. The track has installed 18 of the machines in The Racebook at Turfway Park and two in its VIP lounge. The Super Carrel is aimed at members of Turfway’s FasTrack Rewards program.

“The Super Carrel allows Turfway to offer its patrons technology that’s right on the leading edge,” said Turfway Park President and CEO Robert Elliston. “It pushes the handicapping and wagering experience to the next level—to several levels ahead, in fact.”

Putting the Super Carrel through its paces, longtime Turfway patron Pete Soell of Cincinnati talked about the innovative machine. “You don’t have to worry about handling money, leaving vouchers in the machines accidentally. You don’t get shut out, either, like you do if the lines are too long. I’ve been going to the track all my life. I really do enjoy this.”

Players maneuver through the Super Carrel’s abundance of information using touchscreen technology. Entries and past performances are supplied by Equibase Co.
The installation was completed in conjunction with United Tote.

Although other systems have used one piece or another of the Super Carrel’s technology, the new system puts all the pieces together in one spacious, private workspace for the serious handicapper. “The Super Carrel is just the next step in CBT’s efforts to revitalize racing in the 21st century,” Cary Charlson, president of the Erlanger, Kentucky-based technology company. “It is our contribution to helping the racing industry retain and bring patrons back to the racetracks.”


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