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A Tale Of Two Punters

Published: February 25, 2014 10:18 pm ET

Last Comment: February 27, 2014 10:17 am ET | 5 Comment(s) | Jump to Comments

The old saying that there is a flipside to every coin rang oh so true this past Saturday in regard to Gulfstream Park’s Rainbow Pick-6. The thoroughbred track’s multi-leg exotic wager left at least one handicapper tickled pink, while another punter was handed a crushing defeat which will surely be lamented for at least the foreseeable future.

Don’t be surprised if handicapper Walter Lytwyn adds the stewards from Gulfstream Park to his Christmas card list.

After all, it was the stewards’ disqualification of the eventual winner, Collinito, in last Saturday’s final leg of Gulfstream’s Pick-6 wager that earned Lytwyn an incredible pari-mutuel windfall. Runner-up Strategic Keeper, who the stewards felt was interfered with by Collinito in the stretch, was awarded the win thus completing Lytwyn’s magical ticket. The 39-1 upsetter will be a horse Lytwyn will remember for a lifetime.

Lytwyn, a Hamilton, Ont. resident who is a regular patron at Flamboro Downs, invested $72 to play the Pick-6 and he was rewarded with a sensational sum of $183,296.15 for his astute handicapping.

According to an article in the Washington Post by respected thoroughbred handicapper Andrew Beyer, the flipside of the story is that of an unidentified punter who lost out on a $1.66-million payday due to the judges’ ruling.

Beyer’s Washington Post article explains that the unknown punter had correctly handicapped the first five legs of the wager and had Collinito, the horse that initially won the race yet was placed back, in the final leg.

The Rainbow Six is a wager that requires punters to select the winners of six races, and then only pays off the entire pool (including the carryover) if one single .20 cent ticket is sold. If multiple tickets are sold, the consolation is available. Lytwyn's win came by picking up the consolation payout. Unlike the disqualified horseplayer, he did not have the sole ticket and based on the amount he won, Lytwyn captured the consolation five times (or the equivalent of a $1 base wager). Because others had the same combination as Lytwyn, he would not have been eligible for the carryover regardless of his base bet.

(With files from the Washington Post)

February 27, 2014 - 10:17 amSort of know how they feel in

Sort of know how they feel in mid january i had the first 5 legs correct.In the final leg i had9&11 still alive 9 was to pay301,933 the 11 was paying 150 000.there were 4 live tickets left 6,9&11. Isaid the only way i could lose was if the 6 won the race.coming down the stretch my 9 went to the lead only to be overtaking by 6 just before the wire.that was probably as excited as i have ever been watching a race.I still ask myself why couldnt the 9 just hang on 10 or 20 more feet.what a let down, but after reading this i can say at least i got beat fair & randy macintosh truro n.s

February 26, 2014 - 9:10 pmAfter viewing that,i think

After viewing that,i think it's time the racing industry did something like the NHL war room.Create a video review headquarters.Not only would it be more consistent but probably a lot quicker to.

That call was rather weak.

February 26, 2014 - 4:45 pmWow That is A Very "

Wow That is A Very " SHAKEY" call..

February 26, 2014 - 2:09 pmThe head-on doesn't even show

The head-on doesn't even show any interference to speak of - what a brutal DQ (or what a miracle)!

February 26, 2014 - 9:03 amLol. I would love to have

Will Yamakva SAID...


I would love to have this opportunity to win anything close to this on races at Rideau..... or Dresden..... or Grand River....

THESE are the type stories that will bring fans back. These are the type payouts and dreams that sent horseplayers to slots

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