Someone Is Not So Clear On The Meaning Of "Psychic"

Celebrity psychic Judi Hoffman (via her PR firm) announced that she hit a trifecta at the May 3, 2008 Kentucky Derby. This purports to validate her psychic ability. A “trifecta” is when a bettor predicts exactly which horses will finish in first, second, and third place.

She was nice enough to include a scan of her New York OTB ticket (shown below) to back up her claim. Judi “predicted” that horses Big Brown (20), Eight Belles (5) and Denis of Cork (16) would be the winning order and supposedly won $1,619 on the $6 bet. Now, of course, she’s offering her services to the media in preparation for The Preakness Stakes and the The Belmont Stakes.

Celebrity psychic Judi Hoffman claims that she hit a trifecta at the May 3, 2008 Kentucky Derby

Leaving aside the fact that Big Brown was a heavy favorite and Eight Belles (who was put down on the track after the race) was widely seen as the most likely to give Big Brown a run, take a look at the scan a little closer.

Why exactly would a psychic have to make TWO trifecta bets (and two other parlay bets) to produce a single win? Don’t you think her publicist might have explained that sending a ALL the betting slips might not be such a good idea?

Picking front-runners doesn’t make you a psychic. Hoffman should know all about that because six months ago she predicted Hillary to nudge out Obama and the Patriots to win the Super Bowl…

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