Three Suspects to Go to Officials
Three former fraternity brothers suspected of rigging a Breeders’ Cup bet worth more than $3 million plan to surrender to federal authorities today and, according to one of their attorneys, expect to be arraigned for wire fraud conspiracy.
Chris Harn and Derrick Davis have been at the center of an investigation into whether they conspired to place a pick six bet for the Oct. 26 races at Arlington Park, then improperly entered a computer tote system to insert winning horses after as many as four of the six races were run.
The third man, Glen DaSilva, placed similar bets earlier in the month that investigators have characterized as potential dry runs.
The case drew the attention of state police and the FBI. No one had been charged as of Monday afternoon but James Comey, the U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York, scheduled a news conference for later today, an action that usually presages criminal charges.
Daniel Conti, who represents Harn, said his client and the others will turn themselves in at Comey’s office in White Plains, N.Y.
“My client is very confident he’ll be cleared of any wrongdoing,” Conti said. Davis’ attorney also has denied what he called “wild accusations” leveled at his client.
Davis and DaSilva placed their disputed bets through off-track accounts in New York. Harn worked for the Delaware company whose computers handled the wagers and has since been fired. The men, all 29, were members of the Tau Kappa Epsilon fraternity at Drexel in the 1990s.
-- David Wharton
A power outage led to cancellation of the eighth and final race on a special Monday program at Hollywood Park.
The race, six furlongs for 2-year-old maiden fillies entered for a $32,000 claiming price, was scheduled to go at 4:07 p.m., but was canceled after about a 35-minute delay. The outage originated elsewhere in Inglewood.
The pick six thus became a pick five and paid $20,746, including only what was bet Monday. The pick four became a pick three and paid $386.40. The final pick three became a pick two and paid $60. The late daily double paid to the winners of the seventh at $16.60 for each $2 ticket. The place pick-nine went to those who picked seven of eight races and paid $225.20.
All wagers on the eighth race were refunded.
The rest of the pick-six pool ($110,620) that carried over from Sunday will be carried over into Thursday, when racing resumes at Hollywood Park.
Before the outage, Fleetstreet Dancer won the $49,000 feature and paid $17.40, $9.60 and $4.40.
-- Bob Mieszerski