Originally created 11/06/02

Report: Third person investigated in suspicious Breeders' Cup bet

NEW YORK -- A third person is being investigated as part of a probe into a suspicious Breeders' Cup bet worth $3 million, the Thoroughbred Times reported Tuesday.

Don Groth, president of the Catskill Region Off-Track Betting Corporation, turned over the name to authorities, the industry publication reported on its Web site. The person was not identified.

Already being investigated are Derrick Davis, who hopes to claim the $3 million, and Chris Harn, a software engineer fired last week by Autotote, the company that processes wagers for Catskill OTB.

Davis and the third person are Harn's friends, Groth said.

"The other name is an account holder we had been studying prior to Breeders' Cup day," Groth told the Thoroughbred Times.

Michael Hoblock, chairman of the New York State Racing and Wagering Board, would not confirm the report to The Associated Press, saying only that the investigation was continuing. Groth did not immediately return a telephone call for comment.

Investigators are looking into the possibility that a bettor hacked into computers processing the bets and was able to change the bets after the start of the Breeders' Cup at Arlington Park in Illinois on Oct. 26.

Davis, a computer service business owner from Baltimore, had the only winning Ultra Pick Six ticket. The $12 ticket - the equivalent of six $2 winning tickets each worth $428,392 - also produced 108 consolation tickets, each worth $4,606.20 for five of six winners.

Harn was fired by Autotote after the investigation was launched by the State Racing and Wagering Board, Breeders' Cup Ltd., and the National Thoroughbred Racing Association.


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