Wagering Group to Meet; Scope May Expand

The Wagering Technology working group formed by the National Thoroughbred Racing Association plans to meet again Jan. 9 to discuss the pari-mutuel review triggered by the Breeders' Cup Ultra Pick 6 investigation.

Officials wouldn't provide details, but apparently much has transpired since the NTRA, with assistance from industry organizations, hired Giuliani Partners in November to carefully study tote security and procedures.

"There is a fair amount going on," NTRA commissioner Tim Smith said. "There will be an update, and possibly information on some new areas included in the scope of (the group's) work."

Former New York City mayor Rudolph Giuliani, who heads Giuliani Partners, will not participate in the Jan. 9 meeting.

When the Wagering Technology group first met Nov. 4, it looked at best practices in the industry and tote system security measures. The group, more than 40 members strong, also pledged to issue regular reports to the industry on its progress.

Though the three men involved in the Ultra Pick 6 fraud case have issued guilty pleas, they haven't been sentenced. Therefore, the more than $3 million in winnings remains in limbo.