ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) -- A man being investigated for a suspicious Breeders' Cup bet worth $3 million was the fraternity brother of an employee later fired by the company that handled the wager, an industry source said Friday.
Derrick Davis held six winning tickets for Saturday's Ultra Pick Six for the racing showcase at Arlington Park in Arlington Heights, Ill. Racing officials say he phoned in a bet correctly picking the winners of the first four races, then played every horse for the last two races. He had the day's only winning Pick Six tickets.
Investigators are trying to determine whether the bet was made after the fourth race, and if the ticket was altered to make it appear the wager was placed before the first race of the Pick Six. In the meantime, Davis' big score is being held up.
Davis, a 29-year-old from Baltimore, has denied doing anything illegal.
Lorne Weil, chairman and chief executive officer of Scientific Games, the parent company of Autotote Corp., said the employee fired this week had the password to get into the data system and alter tickets. Weil did not specifically refer to Davis' pick.
Weil also did not identify the employee or say how the ticket might have been changed. The employee was Christopher W. Harn, 29, of Newark, Del., an industry source close to the investigation and speaking on condition of anonymity told The Associated Press. The source also confirmed he and Davis were fraternity brothers at Drexel University in Philadelphia.
Calls to Harn and Davis were not immediately returned. A call to Steven Allen, the Maryland lawyer representing Davis, was not immediately returned.
With the reputation of the racing industry at stake, the National Thoroughbred Racing Association on Friday created a task force to study security of computer betting systems and come up with a better way to protect the $14.5 billion pari-mutuel industry.
At Santa Anita Park in Arcadia, Calif., racing officials on Friday changed the locks in the tote rooms, added guards and security cameras. The race track is offering a $1 million Pick Six payout this weekend.
Davis' six tickets were worth $428,392 each and he also had 108 consolation tickets (five of six winners) worth more than $4,000 each for a total take of more than $3 million.
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