Tote system failure impacts tracks nationwide; Tampa Bay Derby run without bets

Tote system failure impacts tracks nationwide; Tampa Bay Derby run without bets

Article brief provided by Paulick Report
  • Ray Paulick, Paulick Report
March 11, 2024 9:23 PM
  • Ray Paulick, Paulick Report
  • United States
  • Florida

Tracks from Florida to California experienced technical issues related to the totalisator system that handles wagering on Saturday, delaying payouts, odds displays, and even prompting officials at Tampa Bay Downs in Oldsmar, Fla., to run its most important event, the Grade 3 Tampa Bay Derby, as a non-betting exhibition contest. Tampa Bay Downs was forced to cancel the final race on Saturday on what is traditionally its biggest day of the year.

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The outage, which was caused by a failure at the AmTote hub in Hunt Valley, Md., occurred around 4:45 p.m. ET after Waskesiu won the G3 Tampa Bay Oaks. The track was unable to post the winning payoffs after the race was declared official.