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Updating the Golden Sword “scratch” mistake

As published last week here on DubaiRaceNight.com, bettors watching the feed shown primarily to North American audiences were shown graphics indicated that Golden Sword, the eventual winner of the third race at Meydan, was a non-runner.  While wagering outlets were still permitted to take wagers as this information did not impact the tote system, the graphics error likely affected the amount of money wagered on the horse.  DubaiRaceNight.com publisher Pat Cummings can confirm this as he placed bets with four minutes to post when Golden Sword was an improbable 6-1. 

Golden Sword was sent off a 2-1 favorite in a race where he was better than even money in the on-course pick seven competition, according to commentator Terry Spargo’s pre-race remarks.  That comparison does not necessarily explain any differences, but it is the opinion of DubaiRaceNight, having tracked Carnival betting patterns and odds trends for the past three seasons, that Golden Sword was likely an overlay.  Regardless, the error was significant in shaking the confidence of observers and potentially, the bettors, whether or not those concerns were voiced.  American publisher Ray Paulick, of PaulickReport.com, took a keen interest in the story and posted a link to our original work. 

AmWest Entertainment, distributors of the Dubai racing signal in North America, did not have a comment on the issue as of this publishing.  Spargo, manager of broadcasting and simulcasting for the Dubai Racing Club, added early Wednesday “at the time of writing, we are still awaiting AmWest’s official report of the circumstances that led to the error. The DRC is seriously concerned by the mishap.”

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