LOUISVILLE, Kentucky - Churchill Downs has dropped its demand that Denver Broncos wide receiver Wes Welker repay $14,858.55 the racetrack says it overpaid him on his Kentucky Derby winnings.
Welker hauled in $57,193.90 on Derby Day, according to the Louisville Courier-Journal.
Pictures posted by Jeff Novak on Twitter showed Welker standing with a thick wad of cash, giving away $100 bills to strangers.
However, TMZ.com reported Friday that Churchill Downs overpaid on Welker's bets by $14,858.55 and the track wants the money back.
"Yeah, get in line," Welker told Patrick. "…I've heard about that. I've never heard of it actually happening, and supposedly my group got that. But we had no clue. They could have under-paid us and we wouldn’t have known."
Later Friday, the racetrack changed its mind.
"It is our mistake and we are not worried about the recovery of the money," Churchill Downs spokesman Darren Rogers told ESPN. "We hope they come back to Churchill Downs and wager that $14,000 next year."