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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