01/26/2016 4:34PM

Simulcast glitch prompts cancellations


A handful of racetracks across the U.S. canceled racing on Tuesday when a national betting hub malfunctioned and the tracks were unable to accept simulcast bets on their races.

Turf Paradise in Phoenix, Sam Houston in Texas, Mahoning Valley in Ohio, and Monticello and Yonkers in New York all canceled wagering on their cards by 3 p.m. when problems with the betting hub could not be quickly resolved. The betting hub is operated by Sportech, previously known as Scientific Games.

Sportech officials did not immediately respond to phone calls on Tuesday afternoon after the tote problems became apparent. Track officials who returned calls on Tuesday said they had not been made aware of the exact nature of the problem.

Most of the tracks initially decided to delay their races in the hopes that off-track betting could be restored. Sam Houston canceled after a one-hour delay, with only $140 in the win pool and $136 in the exacta pool. All wagers on the canceled races at the affected tracks will be refunded.

Vince Francia, the general manager of Turf Paradise, said the track had been notified on Tuesday morning that the hub was down. The track initially delayed its first race from 12:40 local time to 1:15, but canceled after the hub was not back up as they approached the delayed post.

Francia said the tote hub was back up by 4:30 Eastern time, and he said he expected no problems with Turf’s operations on Wednesday, when the track has its next live racing card.

For most tracks, approximately 90 percent of bets originate in out-of-state locations. Betting hubs like those operated by Sportech collect the wagers from the sites and provide the calculations to determine odds and payouts.

Other tracks that were not served by Sportech, such as Louisiana Downs, remained open on Tuesday.

amber More than 1 year ago
no disrespect but she gives me nothing at track i turn sound off..... at least when reid used to do it you got open minded look and some great insight .with martha you get same spill over and over "still thinks borel rides rail" lol
amber More than 1 year ago
at least they still have martha
Edward Nelson More than 1 year ago
Atleast it happened on a lame tuesday then a busy saturday
Linda Parker More than 1 year ago
Since I had a horse in on a "lame Tuesday" it was a slightly bigger deal to me than to you and some others on here.
jackschil1 More than 1 year ago
I see you like 99-1 shots.
Dale Tillotson More than 1 year ago
ISIS attack hits horse racing real time with cyber hackers in conjunction with US.Government to destroy the game we love.At total control of this attack along with ISIS must be Donald Trump because he knows Bill and Hillary like horse racing, and Trump will only allow horse racing behind a giant wall that Mexico will pay for. Enjoy your Tuesday everyone because this is where the world is going. I support john Kasich for President.
Edward Nelson More than 1 year ago
genewashington1 More than 1 year ago
Only a total loser would support Kascich.
Ray Sousa More than 1 year ago
I hope you're not a Trump supporter calling some one else stupid. I mean he's the guy who inherited 300 million and filled for bankruptcy 3 or 4 times. He's the real estate guy that accepted renting a mansion to Mohommar Kadaffi a known terrorist who ordered the pan am plane massacre over Scotland. So if you're a fan of Trump you will find stupid in the mirror.
Bruce Epstein More than 1 year ago
you sound like anonymous the stupid poster.
Dale Tillotson More than 1 year ago
I am never anonymous and please never accuse me of it
Bruce Epstein More than 1 year ago
Sorry, I was referring to anonymous a frequent poster who's comments are dated and not relevant.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Good to see i still get under ur skin epstoon. Been a few months and your still worried about me.
Dale Tillotson More than 1 year ago
Many audiences would of enjoyed the humor but not horse racing audiences this is serious.I was not disappointed by the responses as this is serious business.
Melody Katrobos More than 1 year ago
Dale - LOL! You've got to have a sense of humor about these problems.
jackschil1 More than 1 year ago
Kasich is at least 99-1. Only a loser bets 99-1 shots that win once a year. After Iowa Kasich is gone.
Hugh More than 1 year ago
Bush League
Jose Viramontes More than 1 year ago
Good times !