As the totalisator system for the Del Mar Thoroughbred Club – host of this year's Breeders' Cup Championships – AmTote International seamlessly processed more than 5.6 million individual transactions on a day when $52,273,883 was wagered on a 10-race card.
The day, however, could have been a disaster were it not for a multi-tiered backup power system AmTote has in place. A commercial transformer fire on a pole roughly 100 yards from AmTote's headquarters in Hunt Valley, Md., knocked out a Baltimore Gas & Electric power grid at about 11:30 a.m. PT – just as the 10-race Breeders' Cup card was getting under way. The power outage lasted six hours. Cause of the fire wasn't known.
AmTote has two contingency plans in place for just this kind of situation.