Caliente Race Track Tijuana, Mexico

Historic Racetrack

During the roaring twenties, the Agua Caliente racetrack was where the world’s finest champion thoroughbreds, such as Australia’s legendary Phar Lap and the unassailable Seabiscuit, competed for the some of the largest purses in North America. Today, the Caliente track is used for daily greyhound races

 

In 1989 Mr. Johnson was ask to help the Hipodromo Agua Caliente solve some of their telecommunications issues. This ranged from developing a way to receive US race track video at each book, to develop their own satellite network to make it possible to have books  throughout Mexico and Europe. One of the key issues was getting the betting tickets to print over the satellite network. The ticket machines have a very sophisticated security system which did not like the satellite delay. After months of trial and error testing the problem was solved.
There were 22 books in Tijuana alone. Rather than having multiple dishes at every book, Mr. Johnson help implement an AML (Multiple channel TV) microwave system to cover all the books in Tijuana.

At the time there was only one technician to maintain the new telecommunications equipment. From a cultural view point, technicians did not do any training as a way of job security. The staff of TDC stepped in and held multiple training sessions which change the culture at the track. The technical staff, lead by Eric Cataño, went on to build "GlobalSat" a leading Mexican satellite common carrier.

Pueblo Amigo Book

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Inside the Book

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Casino Hipódromo Aguacaliente

When the lavish Agua Caliente Casino and Resort opened its doors in 1928, it became a haven from prohibition for wealthy Americans and Hollywood celebrities alike as they flocked across the San Diego border to Tijuana to drink, place bets, and take in the excitement of the racetrack. Today, following in this rich tradition, the Casino Hipódromo de Aguacaliente continues to offer visitors all the premium amenities and excitement of a modern casino while preserving the historic charm and character of its prohibition-era predecessor.

Tacate Baja Calf Book

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Caliente Jialai Stadium

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AML Multi Ch TV Microwave to 22 books in TJ

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The Original Book

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In the beginning, the waggering odds for each venue was hand written on large greenboards.

Master Control

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North Amr. Race track connections

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Caliente Stadium, Satellite dishes can verily be seen at the edge of the roof. \/ .......... .

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Training Caliente staff

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Pueblo Amigo Satillite HQ

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Uplink

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Eric Cataño Pres. Caliente GlobalSat & Walt

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