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Wes Welker will be a no-show at Belmont Stakes

Wes Welker (center) started handing out $100 bills to fellow spectators at the Kentucky Derby last month.

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Wes Welker (center) started handing out $100 bills to fellow spectators at the Kentucky Derby last month.

Officials at the Belmont Stakes won’t have to worry about Wes Welker this weekend. The former Patriots receiver, who made something of a spectacle of himself at the Kentucky Derby when he handed out $100 to passersby, has told reporters he won’t be in New York Saturday for the third and final leg of the Triple Crown. But the Broncos wideout does have a horse running at Belmont Park this weekend, though not in the big race. Welker’s horse,
Undrafted, is running in the third race and, according to people a lot more knowledgable than us, has a good chance of winning. (Wondering about the name of the horse? Though he went on to become Tom Brady’s favorite target, the 5-foot-9 Welker was undrafted coming out of Texas Tech.) At the Kentucky Derby, you’ll recall, Welker and a few friends won more than $57,000 after California Chrome crossed the finish line first. The venerable racetrack asked for some of the money to be returned, claiming Welker had been overpaid, but that request was ultimately rescinded.

Mark Shanahan can be reached at shanahan@globe.com. Follow him on Twitter @MarkAShanahan. Meredith Goldstein can be reached at mgoldstein@globe.com. Follow her on Twitter @MeredithGoldste.
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