INTRODUCTION: Chariot racing is a growing sport in the United States. In many ranching areas?
SV Start of chariot race
CU Horse and trainer ( 2 shots)
GV PAN as two chariots pass by during race
SV Man pulling away on chariot and on course ( 3 shots)
SV Two horses into paddock
GV PAN race in progress
SV PAN two chariots leave starting gate and race in progress ( 5 shots)
SV PAN of chariot race in progress ( 4 shots)
GV Man and chariot on course
FIRPO: "Most Americans probably never saw a chariot race, but in half a dozen Rocky Mountain states, the sport is as popular as Roden. And it all began long before Charlton Heston was making "Ben Hur". Its' sport that had its beginning more than 40 years ago when ranchers raced hay sleds down the snowy streets of a small Wyoming town. Over the years, the sleds and cutters have been modified into chariots and the working horses have been replaced by a fast cross breed of quarter horse and thoroughbred."
"The faster teams run the 440 yards in as little as 21 seconds...reaching 40..45 miles an hour as they cross the finish line. Some of the teams are valued from 35,000 to 50,000 dollars, but competitors are not in this sport fro the prize money. The first place finisher gets the same amount as the last place man. It's a hobby for most of them. Something the entire family can get involved in. This is John Firpo in Winnemucca, Nevada."
SPORT: CHARIOT RACING
REPORTER: JOHN FIRPO
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Background: INTRODUCTION: Chariot racing is a growing sport in the United States. In many ranching areas it has a strong following as NBC reporter John Firpo found out in Winnemucca, Nevada.