09/02/2001 11:00PM

America's Pick 4 payoff delayed


ARLINGTON HEIGHTS, Ill. - Monday's America's Pick 4 wager hit a snag when bettors with winning tickets were unable to cash for almost an hour afterthe final leg in the bet had been made official.

Hubbed at Arlington Park this year, the pick four payoff was held up because "money didn't come in from all the sites properly," according to Jack Lisowski, mutuels manager at Arlington. The site in question, according to Lisowski, was The Meadowlands. "We were verifying that the pools closed on time," said Lisowski.

Winning tickets could finally be cashed at about 5:30 Central. The final leg of the pick four the Miami Mile Breeders' Cup, went off at 4:43 Central.

There were 116 winning $1 tickets on the wager, each worth $1,995.50. The winning sequence was Intern ($13.20) in the Sea O'Erin Breeders' Cup at Arlington; Harlan's Holiday ($14.40) in the Cradle Stakes at River Downs; Starine ($12.40) in the Diana Handicap at Saratoga; and Mr. Livingston ($11.80) in the Miami Mile Breeders' Cup at Calder. Handle for the wager was $283,617.