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Reviews of past multi-race winnings possible

The National Thoroughbred Racing Association plans to announce today further steps to enhance the security of wagering, likely including a selective review of past winners of multiple-race bets.

That is the type of bet at the heart of a fraud case against a Baltimore man and two friends that grew out of the alleged manipulation of his "Ultra Pick Six" bets on the Oct. 26 Breeders' Cup. The three men were charged last week with fraud and, through their attorneys, have denied any wrongdoing.

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The horse racing group, which bills itself as the sport's league office, has convened a task force to explore how a computer programmer for a tote company may have altered bets, producing winning tickets worth $3.2 million. Most of the money has been frozen pending the outcome of the criminal case.

The NTRA task force met yesterday and discussed a variety of steps it could take, including a review of past wagers - potentially thousands of multi-race wagers. The alleged fraud involved wagers in which advance bets are made on the outcome of six or four consecutive races.

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"It was one of the concepts that was discussed," said Chip Tuttle, an NTRA spokesman.

NTRA board member Alan Foreman said the logistics of checking past wagers for fraud is daunting. The matter may be discussed again today when the board meets.


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