Pimlico recovers from computer glitch Track pleased with checks, but commission isn't so sure

September 16, 1992|By Kent Baker | Kent Baker,Staff Writer

Pimlico Race Course officials were tying up loose ends yesterday as business returned to near-normal after a weekend of confusion caused by computer malfunctions.

"We're getting there," said general manager Jim Mango. "We're doing checks and double checks and in the process of balancing out with our commingling products."

The most recent computer problem prevented patrons from cashing in winning tickets for the last four races on Sunday's card. The payoffs were not announced until Monday after equipment repairs were made. Bettors were able to redeem winning tickets beginning yesterday.

Saturday, there was a delay in determining results of the first National Pic-6, an electronic mass betting pool. Track officials said that problem was caused by one of the 40 tracks participating in the Pic-6 inserting wrong information into its computer.

"We're hoping it was just a one-time thing, the computer breakdown," Mango said of Sunday's problem. "A collator went bad, and we chose to take wagering and announce what was happening publicly.

"We felt we had an obligation to the horsemen to give them the opportunity to race."

F: All that was left yesterday was to determine the share

of the pools for tracks with commingling agreements.

Meanwhile, Ken Schertle, executive director of the Maryland Racing Commission, said he and John H. "Jack" Mosner, chairman of the commission, would meet with Pimlico officials tomorrow to determine what might be done to prevent a recurrence of Sunday's problem and the glitches connected with the Pic-6.

"We just want to sit down with their people and try to decide what steps might be taken, what can be done," Schertle said. "There is no task force, only two of us. We just want to find out how often we might be looking at this problem."

Mango couldn't forecast that.

"Technology is moving very fast," he said. "Things go on every day with tote equipment. I'm not God. I can't answer that question."

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Prebend was listed as Prevent, a totally different horse, in the official program and the Daily Racing Form yesterday. Prebend paid $25.20 as an overlooked 11-1 in the betting.

Notes

An unidentified patron at the Laurel simulcast hit the double triple yesterday. The correct combination of 2-6-8 in the third race and 2-5-8 in the fifth was worth $84,532.50 before taxes. . . . Apprentice jockey Steve Hamilton has been granted a stay by the stewards of a seven-day suspension for careless riding pending a hearing. . . . Wood So worked out between the eighth and ninth races yesterday, going six furlongs under jockey Mario Pino in 1 minute, 12 1/5 seconds breezing. She is prepping for the $100,000 State of Maryland Distaff Handicap on Maryland Million Day on Sept. 26.

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