|After the federal authorities formally joined the investigation into suspicious betting on the Breeders’ Cup races, more details are coming to light about the software engineer embroiled in the controversy.|
The FBI and the US Attorney’s office are assisting New York state police with a case that has until now centered on Chris Harn of Newark, Delaware. Investigators are trying to find out if Harn and two of his college buddies conspired to rig the Breeders’ Cup Pick Six bet by entering a tote computer system to insert winning horses after four of the six races were run.
Despite no charges being filed against Harn as yet, he was fired last week from Autotote Systems Inc.
29-year-old Harn 's position gave him a password to access wagers being placed through racetracks and off-track sites nationwide.
Suspicions were raised after there had been six winning pick six wagers even with longshot winners of 13-1, 26-1 and 43-1 in the Breeders' Cup races at Arlington Park outside of Chicago on Oct. 26.
Racing officials were startled to learn all six winning pick six wagers were contained in one ticket, which was bet through an off-track account in upstate New York by a Baltimore man named Derrick Davis. Davis had used the unusual strategy of 'singling' the first four races -- picking only one horse to win -- and betting every horse in the fifth and sixth races.
Racing officials suspended the payoff and New York authorities got involved as the bet originated in-state. Autotote executives were then alerted to the situation.
Authorities connected Harn to Davis, who placed the bet, through their frat house days at Drexel University in the 1990s.
On Friday, the National Thoroughbred Racing Assn. announced a plan to look for irregularities in all winning multi-race bets. Within 30 days, tote companies will be required to scan multi-race pools after each race, thereby eliminating the delay that could be used to alter bets.