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May 7, 2011

No big winners in mega bet

Hoosier Park Racing & Casino offered mega bet event for the Kentucky Derby

ANDERSON, Ind. — Emma Keihn doesn’t play the ponies, but Saturday evening at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino she was given a crash course on horse betting and a chance to bet big.

Keihn won the $10,000 grand prize mega bet Kentucky Derby event.

“They called the first five names, and I wasn’t called,” Keihn said. “I thought, forget that, then my friend said Emma, they called your name.”

The five other winners were given a $1,000 win bet. Each winner was required to wager the entire sum on their Kentucky Derby horse of choice.

“I am so nervous,” she said. “I’ve had a bad week. I hurt my knee and my ankle. I’m ready.”

After looking over the racing program for the 137th running of the Kentucky Derby, Keihn chose horse No. 8, Dialed In.

“I chose 8 because it’s going to win, and tomorrow is Mother’s Day, which is on the eighth,” she said.

Keihn was joined in the VIP area by her husband, Bill Keihn, and friend Jacque Stratman.

“You have never met a more generous, kind, loving woman,” Stratman said. “I have my fingers crossed she wins.”

Stratman stood, cheering on Keihn’s horse throughout the race. Unfortunately, the favored Dialed In lost to No. 16, Animal Kingdom.

Marketing director Becky Young said none of the mega bet winners placed winning bets.

“Not a single person hit it,” Young said. “It was exciting. What a race. It just gave you chills.”

Brian Elmore, general manager of racing, said the Kentucky Derby was the busiest day of the year.

“It doesn’t matter if you’re in Louisville or you’re here, it’s busy,” Elmore said. “The Derby is like the 500 is to Indianapolis. It’s like a slice of American pie.”

As for Keihn, she’s not fretting her loss.

“I’ve still got him,” she said, pointing at her husband. “And I have $40 in my pocket.”

Contact April Abernathy: 640-4861 or april.abernathy@heraldbulletin.com.

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