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Churchill Downs asks for $14K back from Wes Welker

By Associated Press

LAST UPDATED: 07:33 p.m. HST, May 16, 2014

LOUISVILLE, Ky. » It turns out Wes Welker's luck at the Kentucky Derby extended beyond the racetrack and into the cashier's window.

Welker was seen at Churchill Downs with a large stack of cash and handing out $100 bills to random people earlier this month.

A spokesman for Churchill Downs said Friday that a patron believed to be a member of Welker's group was accidentally overpaid $14,898. TMZ reported that the Denver Broncos receiver sent a friend to collect his winnings for him.

"It was clearly an innocent mistake on both ends," said Churchill Downs spokesman Darren Rogers. "We had a mutuel clerk and a tote technician accidentally overpay a patron on Kentucky Derby Day, an individual who walked away unknowingly with a $14,000 overpayment."

Although the track sent a letter to that individual seeking repayment, the track doesn't expect to be repaid.

"It was our mistake, and we're not necessarily worried about the recovery. We hope they come back to Churchill Downs with an extra $14,000 to burn," Rogers said.

Welker told "The Dan Patrick Show" on Friday that he and his friends never calculated how much they were due and that they made most of their winnings at the Kentucky Derby from boxing Commanding Curve, a 37-1 long shot that finished second.

Welker's friend was supposed to receive $42,295.35 but instead was given $57,193.90 for an overpayment of $14,484.55, Rogers said. After processing some tickets, the screen on the tote terminal malfunctioned and went blank but it actually still had a total going, Rogers said. So, the patron was accidentally paid twice on those first few tickets.

The mistake was realized at the end of the day when the mutuel clerk was short $14,898, Rogers said.

"We investigated the matter, and it became clear very quickly that the mistake occurred on our end when this patron that we sent the letter to was cashing several tickets after the Kentucky Derby," he said.

Rogers said this type of mistake happens every few years. He said the director of mutuels told him he has sent about 10 such letters through the years and estimates the money was returned on four of the occasions.

"There are no demands within the letter whatsoever. It's an explanation of the mistake and an opportunity for restitution. We're not worried about the mistake that we made," Rogers said.

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honokai wrote:
This story is brought to you by the Associated Press. Pulitzer prize nomination is pending.
on May 16,2014 | 08:37PM
kekelaward wrote:
Well, there really isn't anything important going on in the world today. And we need to distract people from the scandals going on in DC
on May 17,2014 | 10:04AM
KaneoheSJ wrote:
Your sarcasm is not appreciated on a story that has nothing to do with DC.
on May 17,2014 | 01:27PM
WalkoffBalk wrote:
Sorry, no backsies.
on May 16,2014 | 09:21PM
GorillaSmith wrote:
Get him a cell in MA - where he'll be known as Mrs. Aaron Hernandez.
on May 16,2014 | 11:35PM
HanabataDays wrote:
It's nice that Churchill Downs' management is so conciliatory and willing to proclaim they won't be pressing for restitution of the $14k. It certainly says a great deal about their bottom line and margin that they're so quick to be magnanimous.
on May 17,2014 | 03:29AM
cojef wrote:
This particular race is supposedly for the high genteel class, but has turned out to be for the masses too. Meaning everyone!
on May 17,2014 | 07:56AM
Sandybeach wrote:
This seems like an internal failure of the managements public relations team. Does Las Vegas send a client a check for the miscalculations of a clever craps dealer or a slot machine that was not working properly. Don't believe so. Bet a few horses in California (Hollywood Park) and was short changed by a teller by two dollars. Gave him twenty and was required change. I know... a real high roller. I called teller on it. A short discussion ensued and teller claimed he was right. Not much I could do but luckily a manager happened by and told the teller to "count the box". A manual audit of his box was done in the managers presence and low and behold the clerk was over by exactly $2.00 in cash. I was immediately given my $2.00 back and the manager was not happy with the teller. A ticket clerk is like a good bartender. You can expect a little "shrinkage" if management is not very attentive. This is gambling folk... watch you money. Casino's or tracks job is to separate you from your money.
on May 17,2014 | 07:57AM
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