Betting task force hires tech security firm

Sun Staff

A task force examining electronic wagering on thoroughbred races metyesterday and agreed to hire a firm that specializes in information technologysecurity.

The task force was formed last week by the National Thoroughbred RacingAssociation to restore confidence shaken by allegations of bet tamperingrelated to the Oct. 26 Breeders' Cup.

A Baltimore man holds the winning ticket to the Pick Six, which is worth$3.1 million. However, regulators have frozen payment while they investigatesuspicious circumstances surrounding the bet, including the allegedinvolvement of a computer engineer who was fired last week by the company thatprocessed the bet.

Three of the leading track owners - including Magna Entertainment Corp.,which is attempting to acquire Maryland's major tracks - have also announcedstepped-up security measures in their tote operations. A security audit isunder way at the 19 tracks and affiliated betting operations owned by Magna,Churchill Downs Inc. and the New York Racing Association in cooperation withthe three major tote companies.

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