LAUREL -- Two retired brothers took the Double Triple pool of $232,238.10, involving the third and fifth races at Laurel Race Course yesterday.
Stew Stinchcomb, 57, of Randallstown, and his brother, Roger, 63, of Owings Mills, selected the numbers by unexplained inspiration, and the payoffs came because they got lucky in both races.
The brothers invested $24 at the Pimlico Race Course intertrack facility while the horses were running here. The betting pools at the two tracks are combined for payoff purposes.
The top payoff for one ticket in the Double Triple since it was started in November 1986 was $314,366, paid here Feb. 17, 1987.
The Stinchcombs didn't even correctly pick the 1-2-3 finish of the third race. Under Double Triple rules, all bettors who correctly pick the 1-2-3 order of the third race are "alive" to try to pick the 1-2-3 finishers of the fifth race. But, if no one picks the first three finishers of the third race in order, every ticket that has the first two finishers is "alive."
The Stinchcombs correctly picked Tootie Lytle to win and Chico's Champ to run second in the third race. Their selection to run third was Happy Goddess, who finished fifth. North Star Dancer, a 55-1 shot, finished third, and no one had her on their tickets for a correct 10-5-9 finish. There were 244 "10-5-all" tickets when it came time to exchange.
The Stinchcombs exchanged their first-half ticket for a 6-3-8 ticket in the fifth race. As it turned out, No. 3 Katie Lynn finished in a dead heat with No. 6, Herman's Match, and No. 8, Predadora, ran third.
That's all the Stinchcombs needed. They had the only ticket bearing the first two finishers with the third-place horse.
"We're not really handicappers," Stew Stinchcomb said. "My brother reads the [Daily Racing] Form. I do not. It was as much my pick as it was his. I picked two of the numbers, and he picked one. It was something that I felt, and that was it."
The Stinchcombs' cash payoff was $185,790 because the track must deduct 20 percent for the Internal Revenue Service. Track officials said the brothers took $4,000 in cash and a check for $181,791.10.