Kentucky Derby Tote glitch questioned

May 27, 2008 7:00 PM

by Ray Poirier | Horse players in California who made "quick-pick" wagers on the Kentucky Derby were denied the use of No. 20, eventual winner Big Brown, because of a computer glitch.

The tote system was provided by Scientific Games Corp. (SGMS).

An investigation by the California Horse Racing Board (CHRB) is underway and rumors have emerged indicating that Scientific Games knew there was a problem as far back as February but failed to notify state or track officials.

Now the CHRB is asking when did the company know about the problem and why weren’t officials advised.

California horse racing authorities became aware of the fact that No. 20 was not included in "quick-pick" selections when a player purchased 1,300 "quick-pick" superfecta tickets and found that not one contained the No. 20.