From the TIF: Cross Country Pick 5 Past Posting Exposes Tote Insecurities

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It may not always be stewards who halt wagering when a race begins
Sarah Andrew

“One of the most urgent issues facing our industry is that of improved electronic security for the pari-mutuel wagering system.”

This simple declaration was part of the National Thoroughbred Racing Association (NTRA)'s five-year strategic plan covering 2006 through 2010, and published in 2005.

Approaching two decades later, there has been little progress on the topic, and recent wagering incidents in the summer of 2022 highlight the long-term failure to address these problems.

If you think the stewards are always in charge of stopping wagering when the race begins, think again. A new revelation suggests that primary control of some bet types resided exclusively in the hands of a single, off-site tote company employee, potentially in violation of wagering rules in numerous states while also exposing a staggering vulnerability.

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