07/18/2005 11:00PM

Glitches hit NTRA contest


Claims by several players that some entrants had past-posted their selections in an online handicapping contest conducted by the National Thoroughbred Racing Association on Saturday were denied Tuesday by an NTRA spokesman.

The contest, linked to the the Claiming Crown at Canterbury Park in Minnesota, was marred by several glitches that forced the NTRA to take down the contest's leader board from the website several times, including after the last race was official.

Eric Wing, a spokesman for the NTRA, said that computer malfunctions caused wrong results to be posted during the day on the site's leader board, and that the NTRA took the board down in order to fix the problems. Then, in the final race in the contest, the 11th at Canterbury Park, the computer counted the results twice, forcing the NTRA to remove the leader board once again to audit the results.

"We thought we had it fixed when we put the leader board back up, but then the problem in the 11th race hit, and we had to take it down again to make sure everything was right," Wing said.

As for the charges that some players selected horses after the races were run, Wing said: "That absolutely did not happen. Even if someone was clicking around and thought he was changing his picks, he didn't pull it off. The data was never compromised in any way."

The contest awarded the top three finishers with entries into the 2006 Daily Racing Form/NTRA National Handicapping Championship in Las Vegas, along with round-trip airfare and accommodations.