The Daily Bankroll Challenge

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

2005 Racing Season

Saratoga Race Course
Saturday, August 13, 2005
Total for the meet... $798.70

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.


Picked up a no-value double, but the "doh!" on the day was that late Pick Four. We singled the chalky winners in the last two races -- and went two and three deep (knocked down to two deep after scratch) in the first two. But if we had just gone a little deeper with our picks in those first two... Our fourth choice won the 6th at 8-1, and our move-up 3rd choice won the 7th at 7-1 (and remember, we were already three deep in that race -- but were knocked down to two after the scratch). So it wouldn't have taken too much to spread just a touch deeper in those first two -- while singling the last couple -- to grab the $485.00/$2 P4.

RACE 1-2... $2DD... R1/Red Handed Robin/Uboughtwhat... R2/Ocean Beauty/Bemused/Win McCool.
Collected $12.20 on the DD ($12.20/$2).

RACE THREE... $2 exacta box... All for Fashion/Wall Street Legend.
Ran 1-3.

RACE FOUR... $5 WP on Dixie Avenger.
Ran 3rd at 3-1.

RACE SEVEN... $3 exacta box... Sweet Lil Lolly/Bristol Lane.
Sweet Lil Lolly scratched.

RACE 6-9... $1 P4... R6/Early Snow/Windward Passage... R7/Sweet Lil Lolly/Bristol Lane/Innseattle... R8/Latice... R8/Elisa's Energy.
R6/2-8... R7/3-4-scr... R8/WON... R9/WON.

RACE NINE... $1 super key... Elisa's Energy over Alley Singer/Behrenessa/Fiddler Pleasure/Love My Gal, sub Tap the Magic underneath if scratch.
Ran 1/3-4-10-11.

Loss for the day... $38.00


RACE 1-2... $1 DD... R1/Atouratoura/Northwest Hill/Morine's Victory... R2/Fear the Cape/Megatrend/Sweet Moving D.

RACE FOUR... $5 WP on Hot Space.

RACE FIVE... $5 WP on Outperformance.

RACE SIX... $5 WP on Mister McGath.

RACE TEN... $5 WP on Forget the Judge.
...$1 exacta box... Forget the Judge/Dutrow entry/Hunting Hillbilly/Gran Cesare... sub Devine Wind if scratch.
...$1 tri box... Forget the Judge/Dutrow entry/Hunting Hillbilly/Gran Cesare... sub Devine Wind if scratch.

All turf wagers are turf only

Total bet...$85.00

Archives of daily Best Bets picks and plays pages: 2004 ... 2003

AOL USERs -- or anyone who feels they're experiencing problems receiving this page in a timely fashion each morning, please bookmark, if the Best Bets archive page. We believe that going through the archive page to receive our daily picks should solve the problem presented by AOL's caching process.

Note to novices: Check out our track terminology page for definitions of track and wagering terms. Best Bets Homepage Today's picks The Challenge Calendar Track Info Weather

Note: Pages on this site are labelled with the logo. Some links are for information only and lead to pages at other sites. is responsible only for the pages on this site. assumes no responsibility for errors or omissions. Always check with official sources to verify info.

E-mail any questions, comments, or suggestions:

email button

Copyright 2005