Preliminary business figures for the 2005 Breeders' Cup World Thoroughbred Championships were released Sunday morning showing records were set in all major categories.
The first-ever national Breeders' Cup Ultra Pick 6 "Players' Pool" introduced by AmericaTab produced five winning tickets that paid a total of $280,748.
Graham Stone, a 40-year-old jeweler and father of three, reveals plans for the winnings and the strategy that resulted in one of the biggest pick six payoffs in North American history.
The commissioner of the National Thoroughbred Racing Association said this year's Breeders' Cup Ultra Pick 6 -- hit for more than $2.6 million on an $8 ticket -- was legitimate and the result of a "very fortunate, skillful player."
As the Breeders' Cup World Thoroughbred Championships approached the morning of Oct. 25, officials were hoping this year's $3-million guaranteed Breeders' Cup Ultra Pick 6 would be a success in light of last year's well-publicized incident of insider tampering. Measures are in place to avoid a similar scenario.
Arlington Park has been authorized to distribute funds from Breeders' Cup Ultra Pick 6 wagers to the customers who correctly selected five of six winners. There are 78 valid winning tickets each worth almost $44,000.
An interim report from Giuiliani Partners into the ongoing investigation into wagering integrity said the Breeders' Cup Ultra Pick 6 fix was likely an "isolated incident."
The investigation into the Breeders' Cup Ultra Pick 6 fraud has triggered an industry-wide review of pari-mutuel systems and tote security, but the negative publicity hasn't doomed the pick six or chased away sponsors.
Joe Drape of the New York Times has won the media Eclipse Award for writing in the news/commentary category for his series of articles on a fraudulent wagering scheme associated with the Breeders' Cup Ultra Pick 6.
Breeders' Cup Limited has released the wagering menu, race order, and post times for this year's championship day races at Churchill Downs on Nov. 4. The race order is unchanged from last year and the wagering menu includes the $5-million Ultra Pick Six and two additional wagering options.
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