Horses wearing 9, 1 and 1 are NYC winners on 9/11

What are the odds?

On the 10th anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks on Sunday,
horses wearing the numbers 9, 1 and 1 won the first three races at
Belmont.

The New York City track served as one of the staging areas for
workers and emergency vehicles in the days following the
destruction of the World Trade Center.

David Jacobson, the trainer at the stable that owns the first
two winners, tells the New York Post (http://nyp.st/n80n9r ) that
the odds ”were probably about a million to one.”

Actually, the pick three paid $18.60 for a $2 bet.

Lottery players weren’t so lucky, but the 9-1-1 combination
proved more irresistible than ever. Carolyn Hapeman, a spokeswoman
for the New York State Lottery, said that combination for both the
midday and evening ”Numbers” draw was sold out by 8:30 a.m. on
Sept. 5 for every twice-daily drawing right through Sept. 12.

The 9-1-1 pick has been a popular option for lottery players,
just like 1-1-1 or 7-7-7, and sells out every day, she said. She
didn’t recall a time when it sold out for seven straight days ahead
of time.

The two draws on Sunday came up 1-0-8 and 5-4-3.

The odds are always 1,000-to-1 for any three-number combination
of numbered balls to randomly pop out of the machine, but 9-1-1 did
come up on one other auspicious date: Sept. 11, 2002, the first
anniversary of the attacks.

Information from: New York Post, http://www.nypost.com

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