Virginia man sweeps $72,790 Double Triple

January 28, 1991|By Marty McGee | Marty McGee,Sun Staff Correspondent

LAUREL -- One person had a super day at Laurel Race Course yesterday, sweeping the Double Triple pool.

The man, who requested anonymity, said he won the $72,790 pool with a $30 investment. A 55-year-old car salesman from Manassas, Va., he had one of 33 live tickets going into the fifth race, which was won by the 5-3-2 combination.

The bet had not been hit in the past eight racing days.

* When Askrawhy was loaded into the gate for the eighth race, she had a small American flag stuck to her tail. By the time she completed her winning drive to the wire, the flag had been lost.

"She drove to the flag and lost the flag," said Stevie Craig, the mare's groom.

Trainer Tom Weeks credited the idea of the flag-in-tail to Craig, who said he has many friends serving in the Desert Storm operation.

* Trainer King Leatherbury and jockey Mark Johnston teamed for three victories, including the $23,000 feature with Seven Salutes.

Seven Salutes collared front-running Silver Vein at the eighth pole and went on to defeat Opequon Lad by a length. He paid $5 as the favorite in a field of seven allowance runners.

The pair also won with Who's Thirty in the third and Oh That Lady in the seventh.

NOTES: Trainer Marilyn Goldman begins serving a 15-day suspension tomorrow for a December 1988 Bute case. Goldman lost several appeals, including her final one in the Court of Special Appeals. . . . Through 19 racing days, attendance and handle at Laurel and the Pimlico inter-track outlet are down approximately 8 and 7 percent, respectively.

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