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AmTote, Northlands On Wagering Issue

Published: March 23, 2010 1:18 pm ET

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Officials with Northlands Park and AmTote are currently trying to rectify a situation regarding Race 10 from the Edmonton, Alberta track's live card this past Saturday.

According to a report by the Edmonton Journal, a pari-mutuel breakdown prevented AmTote, the company which runs the systems which calculates and displays payoff odds and produces tickets wagered on horse races, to display the winning payoffs.

A delay of less than one hour and twenty minutes ensued after the race, which was announced as 'official' by the track announcer. According to the article, a total of $13,783 was bet on the race.

"I'm holding onto my winning tickets until I get the correct payoff," said horseplayer George Emsland. "The race was declared official and the official sign was posted on the infield tote board. Once it is posted official, most people just throw their losing tickets away."

"I don't blame the people for being irate," Northlands' Jonathan Huntington was quoted as saying. "The bettors deserve an answer. To be frank, Northlands is looking for answers as to why there was a problem. It was a complete failure."

"AmTote is gathering all the facts regarding this incident," AmTote spokesman Jay O'Neal was quoted as saying. "Once all facts have been gathered and reviewed in detail, AmTote will be in a position to provide more information."

(With files from the Edmonton Journal)

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