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Churchill Downs wants $15K in Derby money back from Wes Welker's group

Jay Busbee
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In this Feb. 2, 2014, file photo, Denver Broncos' Wes Welker (83) runs against Seattle Seahawks' Earl Thomas during the second half of the NFL Super Bowl XLVIII football game in East Rutherford, N.J.  Welker recognizes all the benefits he's gotten from sports. The star receiver of the Broncos has joined the Global Alliance for Health and Performance, a movement to promote and develop a healthy, high-performing world using best practices from sports
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FILE - In this Feb. 2, 2014, file photo, Denver Broncos' Wes Welker (83) runs against Seattle Seahawks' Earl Thomas during the second half of the NFL Super Bowl XLVIII football game in East Rutherford, N.J. Welker recognizes all the benefits he's gotten from sports. The star receiver of the Broncos has joined the Global Alliance for Health and Performance, a movement to promote and develop a healthy, high-performing world using best practices from sports. (AP Photo/Chris O'Meara, File)

It's tough to stand out on Derby Day, what with all the rich folk and the crazy hats and all that. But Wes Welker did just that a couple weeks back, in the most effective way possible: he started handing out money.

Welker won big at the Kentucky Derby, and celebrated by passing out $100 bills to everyone around him until the police stopped him. Here's proof:

Not so fast, Wes. Turns out that someone in Welker's group, who may or may not be Welker himself, got overpaid. According to Churchill Downs spokesman Darren Rogers, "an individual believed to be a member of Wes Welker's group" received nearly $15,000 he or she shouldn't have. (Welker apparently sent a friend to the betting window to receive his winnings.) The track, claiming both computer and human error, has sent a letter to this individual "in an attempt to resolve the matter." This isn't a case of Churchill Downs having to just accept the loss; the House has a right to recoup losses incurred by error.

TMZ reported that the individual won $57,193.90 in the bet, which means that $14,000 or thereabouts is a bite but not a fatal one. Still ... finding out you haven't won two weeks after you thought you did? That's just cruel. At least in the Super Bowl, Welker and the Broncos knew it was over almost before it began.

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