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Turf Paradise Not At Fault For Wagering Snafu

Published: January 29, 2011 8:48 pm ET

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Ted Shaine, the general manager of Sportech QDC West, has penned a letter to the California Horse Racing Board in which he explains that at no time was Turf Paradise at fault for a glitch which saw wagering on one of its races on January 26, 2011 stay open five minutes past post time.

After the incident, the CHRB was advised that the $3,896 wagered at California racetracks and simulcast facilities on the race was never merged with the Turf Paradise pools, so the problem did not affect the integrity of the Turf Paradise pools. The CHRB stated that all legitimate winning wagers placed prior to the start of the race by persons at California racetracks and simulcast facilities would be paid and that the 84 tickets purchased after the start of the race would be refunded.

The CHRB has said that it will issue a full report on the incident when its investigation is completed.

The contents of the letter from Shaine to Kirk Breed of the CHRB appears below.

January 27, 2011

Mr. Kirk Breed
Executive Director
California Horse Racing Board
1010 Hurley Way, Suite #300
Sacramento, CA 95825

Dear Mr. Breed:

On the morning of January 26, 2011, the tote ITSP link between the California system and the Turf Paradise system did not establish connectivity by the ‘off time’ for the simulcast of the first race at Turf Paradise to California locations. As a result the stop betting signal from Turf Paradise was not received by the California system at the ‘off,’ and wagering remained open for five minutes and eleven seconds beyond the start time of the race.

Sportech personnel identified the issue prior to the race being made official in California, and immediately reported it to the host track mutuel manager for the California network at Golden Gate Fields. No California wagers on this race were included in the Turf Paradise host mutuel pools. After review, the respective mutuel managers at both California host tracks decided to honour all wagers purchased prior to the official stop-betting time and to lock and offer refunds for the 81 ticket based wagers and five account wagers made after the official stop-betting time. The refund amount for these wagers totals $473.00. Transaction reports are available for review if required.

If you have any questions or need any additional information please do not hesitate
to contact me.

Ted Shaine
General Manager, Sportech, QDC West

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