The Daily Bankroll Challenge

Matching wits--and a mythical bankroll--with the top handicappers

2004 Racing Season

Saratoga Race Course
Monday, August 23, 2004
Total for the meet... $752.10

We started the 2004 Saratoga thoroughbred race meet with a mythical bankroll of $1000. Each day we'll use this space to record our mythical best bets and calculate the accumulated wins and losses.
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Most of the plays revolved around the two Sheppard Specials -- Vallonga in the 8th and Caught in the Act in the 10th, and they both were far less than special in every respect. Typically we're looking for some real value with our Sheppard Specials (like the $18+ price on Spanish Spur last Monday) but the crowd went absolutely bonkers and made Vallonga the fave on the opening flash. The filly eventually settled in as the 3-1 second choice -- but even that was kind of amazing since she hadn't run in almost two years! Ouch! Likewise our special in the 10th went off shorter than we expected. And both ran poorly under Richard Migliore.

RACE THREE...$5 W... Dr Quirk.
Ran 2nd at 3-1.

RACE 7-8-9-10... $1 P4... R7/Lasik/Say Hey Willie/Funny Honey... R8/Vallonga... R9/Funny Cide/Bowman's Band/Sarava... R10/Caught in the Act.
Lasik scratched.
R7/2-5... R8/10th... R9/2-3-5... R10/11th.

RACE EIGHT... $5 WP... Vallonga.
Ran 10th at a wacky 3-1 off of a nearly two year layoff!

...$1 tri box... Vallonga/Strategy/What to Wear/Beautiful Bay sub Winlocs Glory Days/Silver Clipper respectively if scratch.
Ran 2-5-6-10.

RACE 8/10... $5 win parlay... $5 place parlay... R7/Vallonga... R10/Caught in the Rain.
Ran R8/10th... R10/11th.

RACE TEN... $5 WP... Caught in the Act.
Ran 11th at 7-2.

...$1 tri box... Caught in the Act/Stunning Image/Runaway Eleanor/ Leaveminthedust sub Madison Meadows if scratch.
Ran 2-4-6-11.

Loss for the day... $89.00


RACE TWO... $5 quinella... Ahpo Here/My Man Ryan.

RACE FOUR... $5 WP... Oracle of Omaha.

RACE SEVEN... $5 WP... Hurricane Hannah.

RACE NINE... $1 tri box... Krasnaya/Two Mile Hill/Erase/Music Way.

All turf wagers are turf only

Total bet...$49.00

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