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.
The U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York authorized the release of the funds March 20 following the sentencing of Chris Harn, Derrick Davis, and Glen DaSilva. The three co-defendants pleaded guilty to federal charges of tampering with wagers placed on the Ultra Pick 6 and other racing events in order to guarantee winning payoffs.
Federal officials investigating the case ordered all unpaid Pick 6 pool monies frozen in late October 2002. Those funds have been held in escrow by Arlington in an interest-bearing account.
"With the official release of the funds, Arlington Park is now in the process of contacting customers known to have valid five-of-six winning tickets to ensure the accurate and prompt distribution of the remaining Breeders' Cup Ultra Pick 6 pool monies," Arlington president Cliff Goodrich said. "The Arlington Park staff will work with both customers individually and each racetrack, OTB or account-wagering operator who sold winning tickets to answer questions they may have and arrange the most expeditious method of payment."
"Protecting our customers and ensuring that the rightful winners received payment has been our top priority from the start," Breeders' Cup president D.G. Van Clief Jr. said. "The individuals charged with manipulating the Breeders' Cup Ultra Pick 6 have been prosecuted and will be punished. We can now resolve this matter permanently for our customers who have waited patiently."
Each $2 winning wager pays $43,937.60, which includes any winning payments previously made to customers with valid five-of-six tickets. Customers holding valid five-of-six tickets will be paid a proportionate share of the net public pool and accrued interest based upon their specific wager.
All winning wagers are subject to applicable pari-mutuel taxes, surcharges, or fees incurred within the jurisdiction where the ticket was purchased. As of the close of business March 19, the remaining Ultra Pick 6 pool monies to be distributed, including accrued interest of $19,459.43 ($249.48 per $2 winning ticket), was $3,087,281.03.
Arlington will contact simulcast outlets that sold valid five-of-six winning tickets to inform them of the payment process.