The pacers pounding out of the opposite and following pages are the result of a unique experiment in photography. While watching a harness race recently, Photographer Jerry Cooke became intrigued with the possibility of taking pictures which "would give the feeling of being right in the sulky during a race." Cooke explained his idea to Del Miller, the owner-trainer-driver, and Miller agreed to cooperate. Then, with the approval of the stewards at New York's Roosevelt Raceway, Cooke strapped a camera onto the back of Miller's sulky during an actual race.
Says Cooke, "We used an electric-motor-driven camera, hooked up to a small radio receiver. I was in the infield with binoculars and a sending unit. When Miller's horse seemed well-positioned during the race, I sent a signal to the radio which in turn triggered the camera and made it take a burst of photographs."
The pictures put the reader out in the middle of the track, viewing the other pacers as Miller would if he looked back. They show how closely rival horses breathe down a driver's neck, the scant inches of tolerance between wheels as drivers make their moves, the nightmare blur of lights and grandstand that a driver glimpses as he whirls around the race track spread-eagled in a light, bouncy sulky.
Strain of effort forces pacer to gulp air through distended nostrils and clenched teeth as he follows close behind leader in clubhouse turn
July 10, 1960
Pacers go into the first turn at Roosevelt Raceway, and this is the way they look to radio-operated camera attached to the lead sulky