A missing decimal point in the industry database used to flag top carryovers will benefit the Permanently Disabled Jockeys Fund, Turfway Park president Robert N. Elliston announced Dec. 21.
On Nov. 28, play on the Turfway Park Pick 6 resulted in a $1,071.30 carryover. When the information was processed by Equibase, the racing industry’s database, the decimal point was inadvertently omitted and the carryover was posted as $107,130. The error was corrected early Nov. 29, but not before some players had added the Turfway Pick 6 to their plays for the day. Nearly all of the Pick 6 handle on Nov. 29, a total of $19,546, was generated out-of-state.
“While we cannot control what happens to the takeout by out-of-state locations on this wager, we can control the amount that benefited Turfway as a result of the database error, which comes to about 1.5% of the handle,” said Elliston. “Turfway therefore will donate that amount to the Permanently Disabled Jockeys Fund. A good friend of horse racing suggested the donation to me, and it seemed an inspired idea.
“We appreciate the risks inherent in the jockeys’ work and the skill and nerve required to ride successfully. We are glad to support the fund in this unique way as well as through our regular, ongoing support.”
The Permanently Disabled Jockeys Fund is administered by the National Thoroughbred Racing Association.