The Daily Bankroll Challenge

by Seth Merrow
Matching wits--and a mythical bankroll--with the top handicappers

2005 Racing Season

Saratoga Race Course
Friday, August 5, 2005
Total for the meet... $1035.25

We started the 2005 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.
Complete archive of 2005 daily Best Bets picks and plays pages.


Ouch! Inexplicably shot ourselves in the foot in the early double and cost us a profit on the day. The intention was to box our top two choice from the picks page in the early double. And when our second choice won the first two and combined for a decent $43.20/$2 early double we thought we were set... But upon further review we were disappointed to note that we put Saturday's Cat, our fourth choice, in the mix in the 2nd race, rather than our second selection, the winner, Immersed in Gold. Well, we have to take the loss on that one -- and just be thankful it was only $40... But it would have been enough to push us into the black for another day...

RACE 1/2... $2 DD... R1/Mombo Loco/Lake entry... R2/Lyphard's River/Saturday's Cat.
R1/Won (Jumpstarter, $14.20)... R2/5-scr.

RACE TWO... $5 WP on Lyphard's River.
Ran 5th at 9-1.

RACE FIVE... $5 WP on Jetastik.
Ran 2nd at 3-1... Collected $10.50 on the WP (xxx, 4.10).

RACE SIX... $5 WP on Smart Growth.
Ran 6th at 8-1.

RACE EIGHT...$5 exacta Karakorum Splendor over Avery Hall.
Collected $36.00 on the ex box ($14.40/$2).

RACE 8/9... $5 DD... R8/Karakorum Splendor... R9/Blue Sunday.
Collected $15.25 on the DD ($6.10/$2).

RACE NINE... $1 tri key Blue Sunday over Precise Motion/Wamp/Special Jet.
Special Jet scratched.
Ran 1/4-6.

...$1 tri box... Blue Sunday/Precise Motion/Wamp/Special Jet.
Ran 1-4-6.

Loss for the day... $5.50


RACE ONE... $2 exacta box... Wayward Liz/Riserva.

RACE 1/2... $2 DD... R1/Wayward Liz/Riserva... R2/West Coast/Go Between.

RACE FOUR... $5 WP on Mister Zee.

RACE 8/9... $5 DD... R8/Ebony Breeze... R9/Reunited.

RACE NINE... $1 tri box... Reunited/Exit to Heaven/Factual Contender/Fleet Indian.

All turf wagers are turf only

Total bet...$47

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