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Q&A: Derby bettor won twice

Derby bettor won twice

A man at the Kentucky Derby had $100,000 to bet on one horse to win. It seemed that he won a contest to be able to do so. What was the contest and how much did he win on horse No. 4, Super Saver?

Churchill Downs, home to the Kentucky Derby, and CNBC sponsored a $100,000 DreamBet Sweepstakes this year. People entered by guessing the daily close of the Dow Jones Industrial Average and entering the information at www.cnbc.com. Every guess was entered in the sweepstakes.

Glen Fullerton's name was drawn from the 67,000 entries. The 40-year-old Houston software designer won a trip to the Derby and got $100,000 to bet on any of the horses running — but he could only bet on it to win.

He chose Super Saver, based on jockey Calvin Borel's success at Churchill Downs, the steady improvement of the 3-year-old colt and its history on wet tracks.

When Borel coaxed the horse first across the finish line on the muddy track, Fullerton won $900,000.

He said he had no immediate plans on how to spend the windfall. "This is definitely life-changing, but you know, I don't have to spend it all this next week," he told the Associated Press.

Then he went back to work the next Monday.

You can see several videos of Fullerton at www.courier-journal.com/article/20100501/DERBYFUN/5020330/-1/rss.

Wall has room to add names

In the May 5 Times, there was an article about adding Lt. Col. William Taylor's name to the (Vietnam Veterans Memorial) wall. How do they do that? He got added to the wall where he would have been had he died in Vietnam. Do they redo all the names on that section?

No, the wall has some room for adding names on some lines, and the administrators of the memorial's foundation make an effort to place the names close to the date of injury.

Taylor's was included at an opening on the edge of a tablet just to the left of Earl E. Ford, Specialist 4, of Susanville, Calif., who died Sept. 21, 1970, at the age of 20 in the Binh Long Province of Vietnam — the same day Taylor was injured by a grenade explosion.

Taylor was severely burned on both legs, had shrapnel embedded all over his body and suffered a bleeding head wound. He required multiple skin grafts and months of rehabilita­tion. Doctors never could get all the shrapnel out, and it eventually led to Taylor's dementia. The Pentagon approved the inclusion of Taylor on the wall because his injuries in Vietnam were the direct cause of his death almost 40 years later.

The names of 328 soldiers have been added to the wall since it was dedicated in 1982, bringing the total to 58,267.

For more information about the memorial, you can visit thewall-usa.com.

Q&A: Derby bettor won twice 05/16/10 [Last modified: Sunday, May 16, 2010 4:30am]
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