Edited Association of Racing Commissioners International report
Association of Racing Commissioners International president Ed Martin said April 23 a wagering system foul up April 22 poisoned wagering pools in five states affecting bettors across the country.
According to the New York State Racing and Wagering Board, $2 bets placed at New York City off-track betting sites and processed through AmTote were deposited into wagering pools as $200 bets. Racetracks affected were Aqueduct and Monticello Raceway in New York; Golden Gate Fields in California; Gulfstream Park and Tampa Bay Downs in Florida; Indiana Downs in Indiana; and Keeneland in Kentucky.
Martin said he was informed of a New York State Racing and Wagering Board review April 22, and complimented the New York City OTB of promptly notifying regulators of the situation.
“This is yet another example of why the RCI Wagering and Integrity program needs to be implemented immediately involving tote systems to hopefully detect these types of problems before they happen,” Martin said.
The RCI Model Rules calls for a licensing of tote companies, independent testing of tote systems, and real-time independent monitoring.
“Prominent leaders in the racing industry keep telling us that everything is okay, but this is another example of something that was not supposed to happen,” Martin said.