Tote insecurity takes many forms in racing

10:58 AM 03 Dec 2013 NZDT
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If the game is rigged, only the cheaters win. If everybody thinks the game is rigged, then nobody wins, because eventually everyone just walks away in disgust.

No, this column isn’t about medication positives; it’s about something even more concerning. The very existence of our sport depends upon its ability to at all times render secure the way in which wagering is handled. Any conversation concerning the integrity of racing is incomplete unless issues involving tote security are discussed.

Past-Posting is but one threat to wagering integrity. Past-posting is the placing of bets after the race has started, when all betting is supposed to be closed. In 2010, a computer malfunction allowed for wagering on a completed Thoroughbred race at Philadelphia Park (now Parx Racing) well after the last horse crossed the finish line.

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