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Jeweller Accused Of Kentucky Derby Scalping

Thursday, 27th April 2006

Thursday Odd Spot: A Louisville jeweller whose 419 tickets for the Gr1 Kentucky Derby "were confiscated by police after they accused him of ticket scalping, has sued to have the tickets returned before the May 6 race," reported bloodhorse.com. Bruce Gumer, 59, claims police "are unlawfully keeping his Derby tickets & more than US$8,000 in cash they took from his business". Police said he sold 2 undercover officers 4 Derby tickets for US$2,400 (their face value was US$103); ticket scalping "is punishable by a maximum US$250 fine for each ticket sold". Gumer insists he obtained the Derby tickets legally: "There was none from anywhere except from where they are supposed to come from. I'm not the bad guy. That's all I can say." His lawsuit claims the tickets were purchased legally "for customers." Police said they have "no idea where Gumer got the tickets" & noted "the total face value was $58,000 but documents at Gumer's business showed the marked-up prices would have brought him a profit of more than US$200,000". Churchill Downs spokesman John Asher said Gumer "bought 6 box seat tickets & the track doesn't know how he got the rest".

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