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What 1936 innovation at Hialeah Race Track distinguished it from all other race courses at the time?

Hialeah Race Track

War Admiral wins by half-a-length. Hialeah Park, February 18, 1939. HistoryMiami, 1983-084-13.

Initially opening in Hialeah as the Miami Jockey Club in 1925, the track skirted the law against gambling by instituting the fiction of selling "stock" in horses and paying "dividends" to the winners. All within the law, or so the track owners claimed. Sold in 1929 to Joseph Widner, a wealthy Philadelphian, the facility underwent a complete transformation. Beautifully landscaped grounds were capped by hundred foot royal palms which flanked grand staircases leading up to the imposing clubhouse. Meanwhile, with a strong nudge from the money and influence Widner could bring to bear, the Florida Legislature legalized pari-mutual betting at horse and dog tracks in 1931, just in time for the new Hialeah Park's grand opening on January 14th, 1932. For many years, it remained one of the great race tracks of the world; some would say the greatest.

Answer: The first photo finish camera.

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