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 Park.
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, told the New York Post that the odds "were probably about a million to one."
Actually, the pick three paid $18.60 for a $2 bet.
Drawing Away Stables and David Jacobson’s Say Toba Sandy with David Cohen up won the first race on the card, a $10,000 claiming race. Jacobson also trained the winner. The Say Florida Sandy mare was the favorite and paid $4.20 to win.
The same connections scored in the second race, a $7,500 claiming race, when Wishful Tomcat, a six-year-old New York-bred by Tactical Cat (David Cohen) won by 3 ¾ lengths as the chalk.
Three Aces Stable LLC's Haya’s Boy (Simon Husbands) won the third race a $16,000 maiden claimer. The colt by Langfuhr was the second favorite for trainer Joseph Aquilino paying $6.90 on a $2 win wager.
Lottery players weren't so lucky, the two New York State Lottery 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.