Racing board begins look into glitches
Officials of the Maryland Racing Commission met with Pimlico Race Course officials yesterday to study the problems caused by last weekend's computer glitches at the track.
"There are still some things to be resolved and there will be some further investigation," said Ken Schertle, executive director the commission.
"But we were able to understand some things. They were interesting. I don't anticipate any action taking place at this time."
Computer malfunctions prevented bettors from cashing in winning tickets on Sunday's final four races until the next program Tuesday and also affected the first National Pic-6 on Saturday.
Commission chairman John H. "Jack" Mosner and Schertle met with track general manager Jim Mango and officials from AmTote International, Inc.
"If the problems recur, Jack and others might want to consider something else," said Schertle, who has a background in data processing. "It was important for him to learn and understand what went wrong."
Laurel's Turf Festival
Ticket sales for the $750,000 International Oct. 17 have begun at Laurel Race Course.
The International is the main event in Laurel's two-day, $1.7 million International Turf Festival.
Tickets range from $13 for clubhouse reserved to $6 for grandstand reserved and can be purchased by contacting Pat Kelly at 301-725-0400 or by sending a check or money order to International Tickets, c/o Laurel Race Course, P.O. Box 130, Laurel, Md. 20725.
Admission to the Sports Palace and Turf Club must be accompanied by a dining reservation.
Gov. William Donald Schaefer has proclaimed Sept. 20-26 Maryland Thoroughbred Week in conjunction with the seventh running of the Maryland Million at Pimlico.
Million founder Jim McKay and Pimlico president Joe De Francis were among the dignitaries who kicked off the celebration yesterday at the Harborplace Amphitheatre.
The list of events during the week include a polo match and American Cafe Columbia Classic Grand Prix Sunday, a golf tournament Wednesday, breakfast Thursday, reception Friday and the Maryland Million racing card Saturday.
Red Ice loses, then wins
Red Ice led for virtually all the 1 1/16-mile feature ninth race on the turf yesterday, then was nipped at the wire by Always Nettie.
But a rare disqualification of an Edgar Prado-ridden mount made a winner out of the speedy Red Ice and Greg Hutton in the $22,000 allowance for fillies and mares.
Always Nettie was taken down for interfering with Cozzene's Flight through the stretch after angling off the rail. She was placed third.
Former jockey Amellio Corrillo, who competed on the Maryland circuit, died Monday at Sinai Hospital at age 70. He will be buried today at Arbutus Cemetery. . . . Pimlico will hold a "town meeting" to discuss racing with track management Saturday on the second floor of the grandstand. Starting time is 11:30 a.m. . . . . Veteran Rick Wilson had three winners yesterday to move into a tie with Prado for the riding lead with nine apiece. Ben Perkins and Carlos Garcia, who each saddled one winner yesterday, are tied in the trainers' race with four each.