10/28/2002 12:00AM

Keeneland refunds BC pick 6

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A totalisator malfunction Saturday at Keeneland Race Course resulted in the refunding of about $76,000 in pick six wagers on the Breeders' Cup. Announcement of the refunds came Saturday evening after the entire Breeders' Cup card was run. No tickets were sold at Keeneland with five or six winners.

Keeneland officials said they regretted the development since bettors may have discarded what they believed to be losing pick six tickets. The amount that is not cashed by the opening of the spring meet in April will be used in a pick six carryover pool.

The malfunction occurred because of a communications error. After several attempts by United Tote to transmit Keeneland's pick six information to Arlington had failed, officials at Arlington decided that Keeneland's pick six wagers would not be allowed in the pool. The Kentucky Racing Commission and Keeneland then decided on the refund policy.