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Thursday, October 31
Tote worker fired in connection to Pick Six

NEW YORK -- Autotote, the totalizator supplier for Catskill Off-Track Betting Corp., fired one of its employees on Thursday and turned over evidence to the New York state police in connection to the investigation into the Breeders' Cup Pick Six, the company announced.

Autotote officials were not immediately available for comment. A release announcing the firing said the company had "uncovered evidence of potential employee wrongdoing" in connection with a suspicious large winning bet on the Breeders' Cup race last weekend.

The New York State Racing and Wagering Board began an investigation into the Breeders' Cup pick 6 on Sunday after racing officials contacted the board about the suspicious winning bet, which was worth a total of $3.1 million when consolation payouts are included.

All six winning bets were contained on one $1,152 ticket that included one horse in each of the first four legs and every horse in the final two legs. The bet was made in a $12 denomination, a highly unusual amount.

The bet was placed by Derrick Davis, a 29-year-old self-employed computer technician who lives in Maryland, according to investigators. Davis punched in the bet on a touch-tone response telephone system, investigators have said, through an account he had opened just a week earlier.

Investigators are looking for evidence that might indicate that the winning ticket was altered after four legs of the pick six were already run. The totalizator system does not transmit information about which horses are used on tickets until after the fourth leg, in order to minimize traffic on the tote network.

According to an official involved in the investigation who spoke on the condition of anonymity, the Autotote employee worked at a betting hub in Delaware.

Racing and wagering experts in contact with investigators have said this week that only someone with access to the tote could have altered the ticket. Tote officials have maintained this week in interviews that their systems were secure and not compromised. Yesterday, though, Brooks Pierce, the president of Autotote, declined to comment on Autotote's specific security controls that would prevent someone from altering a pick 6.

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