Fergie blew some money on a wild chance at a Chilean horse track but made up for it with earnings from a lively TV talk show.

During a whirlwind visit that ended Thursday, Britain's Duchess of York stopped off at the Santiago Hippodrome and bet on Wild Chance, a horse that placed fourth.Sarah Ferguson's unspecified loss at the track reportedly was compensated by her appearance on the late-night TV show "De pe a pa," roughly translated "From beginning to end." Newspaper reports said she was paid between $250,000 and $300,000.

National Television and the visit's organizer declined comment on the payment but said she donated part of it to a home for children with AIDS. She had visited the home earlier in the day.

On television, she said she feels "for the first time in my life that I am a happy person."