Tote 'Issue' Delays Some Pick 3 Payouts at Churchill Downs

Edited Churchill Downs report
An issue with the totalisator system at Churchill Downs on Tuesday, July 4 resulted in a delay of payouts on winning tickets in three Pick 3 wagers. The problem was corrected Tuesday evening and payouts were available at simulcast outlets, although on-track patrons will not be able to cash their winning tickets until Friday, July 7, when the spring meet racing resumes after a two-day break.

A Pick 3 wager requires the bettor to correctly select the winners of three consecutive races. The Pick 3 at Churchill Downs is a minimum $1 wager.

A weather-related change involving one race that was a part of all three Pick 3 bets contributed to the problem in the totalisator system that delayed the calculation of winning payouts for those wagers. As a result, payouts on Pick 3 wagers that included the seventh race on July 4 could not be made at Churchill Downs and its simulcast outlets for several hours. The Pick 3 wagers at issue included races 5-6-7, 6-7-8 and 7-8-9.

The seventh race on the Independence Day card was scheduled to be run on the turf, but was moved to the main track after heavy rains hit the track in mid-afternoon. The announcement of the change in surface for the seventh race came after wagering had closed on the Pick 3 wager that began with the fifth race. In such situations, Churchill Downs' policy requires that the race involved in the surface switch become an "all win" race for a multiple race wager if the change is announced after the close of betting. In other words, if a bettor has the winner in the other two races in that Pick 3, the ticket is a winner.

The Pick 3 on races 5-6-7 was the only Tuesday wager in which the seventh race was considered an "all win" race. The delayed payouts on the two other Pick 3 wagers required the correct number of each winning horse for the ticket to be a winner.