06/08/2004 11:00PM

Low Arlington double seen as legit


An investigation into a surprisingly low daily double payoff Sunday at Arlington has turned up no sign of wrongdoing.

Arlington stewards launched an inquiry after Sunday's double in the fifth and sixth races returned just $51.20. A win parlay on Girl Fever ($35.40) in the fifth and Oza ($19.40) in the sixth would have paid about $343.

The investigation focused on a winning $200 wager at an offtrack betting parlor in Joliet, Ill., but the bet appeared to have been legitimately placed, according to state steward Eddie Arroyo.

Officials were able to track the wagering action of a bettor who put a voucher worth $8,030.40 into a self-service terminal Sunday morning. Among the bets was a $1,200 wheel on the midday double, which included two $100 plays on the winning combination.

The bettor's $1,200 was a significant part of the midday double pool of $9,780 and skewed the payoff.

"We feel comfortable there was nothing there beyond the circumstances," Arroyo said.