The Daily Bankroll Challenge

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

2005 Racing Season

Saratoga Race Course
Thursday, August 18, 2005
Total for the meet... $743.50

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.


Doh! Could only manage second-place in the second-half of the early double after getting our top pick home in the 1st at $13. Then we managed to collect a little on the WP wager in the 3rd. But we were really hanging our hat on the Sheppard/Augustin runner in the nightcap. She looked ready to go in the paddock and we were riding high with confidence going into the gate (not to mention having singled her in a P4 worth $3000+). Around the far turn Spring Stroll and the eventual winner were side-by-side behind the leading group. Castellano took Giant Redwood overland while Bailey tried to save ground with Spring Stroll. It wasn't meant as the horse ran into some traffic and -- according to the Equibase chart -- was taken up in the stretch and finished gamely.

RACE 1-2... $2 DD... R1/El Guardaespalda/Raise a Storm... R2/Thermostat.
R1/Won ($13.20) - scr... R2/2nd at 2-1.

RACE THREE... $5 WP on Curly Kayo.
Collected $21.75 on the WP ($5.60, 3.10).

RACE 3-6... $2 P4... R3/Curly Kayo... R4/Sabre Baby... R5/Formal Appeal... R6/Sagitta Ra.
Whoops... No P4 offered -- despite the notation in the DRF...

RACE TEN... $10 WP on Spring Stroll.
Ran 4th at 8-1.

...$1 exacta box Spring Stroll/ALL.
Key ran 4th.

...$1 tri box Spring Stroll/Towering Palace/Diary Entry/Giant Redwood, sub Oodles of Noodles if scratch.
Ran 1-2-4-5.

Loss for the day... $52.25


RACE 1-2... $2 DD... R1/Serpe entry/Prep School/Kingsley Club/Desert Swing... R2/Cash Flow.

RACE FIVE... $2 exacta box... Tax Consideration/Faster Tapper-Flower Flag.

RACE SIX... $5 WP on Those Littlethings.

RACE 6-7-8-9... $1 P4... R6/Those Littlethings... R7/Dynamic/She's Sterling/Fastidia/Rowdy... R8/Top Shoter/Clever Electrician... R9/Colonial Drive/Drizzly.

RACE SEVEN... $5 WP on Dynamic.

RACE NINE... $1 tri box... Colonial Drive/Drizzly/Threeandoh/Haze My Man.

All turf wagers are turf only

Total bet...$72.00

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