12/27/2002 12:00AM

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Punishment doesn't fit the crime

It is very unfortunate that the three men involved in the pick six scandal will be receiving rather light sentences. After reading Derrick Davis's comments in the Dec. 14 article "Davis pleads guilty, too," - "I'm truly sorry. . . . I take full responsibility for my acts" - I would just like to ask him one thing. If he is "truly sorry" why did it take getting caught for him to feel that way?

It seems to me that if he were sorry he would have felt so guilty after the first time that he would not have cheated - stolen from legitimate bettors - repeatedly.

The fact is, he is only sorry that he was caught. It is a shame that he will not be justly punished.

Dave Marro - Troy, N.Y.

Player and house contract broken

I feel that I must take Richard Eng's Dec. 15 column, "Sports books wary of wise guys,") and its headline to task. The column retold the tale of a Station Casinos customer asked to void a $2,200 bet on an NBA game.

First, I don't consider a bet of $2,200 to be a wise-guy type bet unless you add a zero or two to the bet. I consider a betting slip from a sports book to be a contract, and if Station Casinos felt that a bettor had better and quicker information about the game than the house did, then after the game was over it might consider taking action against him, but not until the game was official.

I would like to ask how many sports book managers have ever canceled a bet of a loyal player or high roller if the game was going against the player.

As far as I'm concerned, the Nevada Gaming Control board should come down hard in this situation against Station Casinos. All and all this is another case of the casinos wanting to have everything their way and to heck with the bettor.

Denny Koch - Henderson, Nev.

Food for thought: You are what you eat

I was quite heartened to read the Dec. 14 article regarding the National Thoroughbred Racing Association's support of the passage of federal legislation to ban the slaughter of Thoroughbred horses.

If this legislation passes, it will assure a humane end to the career of those Thoroughbreds used for racing and breeding who are no longer wanted because of a decline in value.

This is a certainly a giant step toward presenting a more elegant and kinder image about horse racing to the public.

A side observation: I wonder if horse-meat eaters (and I am sorry to say my native France is at the forefront) realize the possible presence of medications that may be given to race horses, which humans in turn ingest. The French, in fact, have been reluctant to import beef from the United States for that very reason.

Christine Picavet - Pogasa Springs, Colo.

Big fish, not small fry, cause late odds dips

I was happy to have read the article "More steps to tighten tote system" in the Dec. 15 Racing Form.

I am glad the National Thoroughbred Racing Association has taken steps to stop bets from being placed after the gates have opened, although I do not believe that past-posting of win bets is the enemy.

When the odds of a horse go from 7-2 to 2-1 while a horse widens his lead around the turn (see Dave Litfin's "Mid-race odds drops hurt essence of game" in the Nov. 23 Racing Form), or when "$118,000 in late win bets turns 9-2 to 2-5" (April 27), this is one large wager from one extremely well-informed bettor.

Please don't tell me that this is money coming in from offtrack betting parlors all over the country. How do offtrack patrons from all over the country all bet on the winner in the last minute of the betting interval?

Calculating the odds with 15-second posting cycles will not solve this problem. Tracks need to stop accepting large wagers on a horse in the last minute of betting, period.

No possible reduction in takeout could remove the sick feeling bettors get when a horse's odds drop 66 percent while it is running in the stretch.

Luigi Napolitano - Toronto, Ontario

Muzak would be better than TVG cacophony

I totally agree with the Dec. 15 letter "Silence would make TVG golden" regarding the annoying on-air "talent" on Television Games Network. It's so much more relaxing when there is background music with odds and exotic payoffs and no "expert" commentary. Thank goodness for both the mute button and the financial channel to escape from the hosts' blather.

I can read the Racing Form, thank you, and if I hear one more "back class" reference, I'm going to be ill.

Jim Cooke - Rochester, N.Y.

Unfortunate name prompts question of taste

Recently, a horse named Sniper ran at Keeneland in the midst of the shooting rampage in the Virginia and Maryland suburbs. Besides allowing handicappers and announcers jokes about "bullet workouts" and "firing his best shot," the initial approval of this name has to be questioned.

The good news was the horse wasn't entered at Delaware Park or Pimlico. I would hope that the owner would consider a less chilling name.

Steve Viuker - Brooklyn, N.Y.