Omission in programs leaves bettors short

April 01, 1994|By Kent Baker

Racing fans consulting their Pimlico programs yesterday were left scratching their heads after being confronted with the first glitch of the spring meeting.

Omitted from the past-performance charts were the distances of the entries' previous races, leaving bettors with more figuring to do than normal.

"That was a bad mistake," said Jim Mango, Pimlico-Laurel vice president of pari-mutuels and development.

Jeff Johnston of the program department, which is based at Laurel, said the problem is a "single-day error" that will be rectified today.

"It was due to some difficulty in the output platform [of the computer system]. There have been a lot of changes in the Pimlico equipment. But there was no problem with the data sent to us [by Equibase]. That was fine."

The program also contained an error that would have affected programs today and tomorrow.

Mango said a full-page announcement appearing yesterday that read there will be no simulcast races from Freehold harness track is incorrect.

"We're not doing that," he said. "We'll be carrying Freehold, Hialeah, Philadelphia Park and Santa Anita. That caused a little bit of confusion."

Oaklawn Park will be dropped from the simulcasting schedule on those days.

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