The Daily Bankroll Challenge

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

2005 Racing Season

Saratoga Race Course
Thursday, September 1, 2005
Total for the meet... $478.85

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.


After effects from Katrina brought a soaking rain to town Tuesday night -- as such, the first two races -- both steeplechase -- were canceled. The remaining grass races were moved to the main track.

RACE 1-2... $5 DD... Raise A Storm/Latino... R2/Hirapour.

RACE THREE... $4 exacta box... Master Command/War Front.
Collected $66.80 on the ex box ($33.40/$2).

RACE 6-9... $2 P4... R6/Rolex Princess/Gonna Please/Do You Realize... R7/Cranky Pants, sub next if scratch... R8/Cayuga's Waters/Tiffany Touch... R9/Lethal Weapon/Just Say the Word/Albert E/Stash the Boots.
Note: Since it's Week Six we want the action -- plays stay alive even in event of off-turf, simply sub appropriate number of runners using the 'on dirt' selections from the Picks Page.
Ran R6/Won [$3.10] -6-7... R7/Subbed in Cardinal Rule -5th... R8/Won [$5.10] -2 [subbed Shady Lane]... R9/4-6-7-8.

Profit for the day... $10.80


Ignore our usual "turf only" exception below. All bets are "on" -- despite any off-the-turf situations.

RACE 1-2... $2 DD... R1/Exaggerate This/Make My Day Jur/Battle Hero/Smokin' John... R2/Market Force.

RACE TWO... $5 WP on Market Force.

RACE 3-5... $1 P3... R3/ALL... R4/City Attraction... R5/ALL.

RACE FOUR... $6 WPS on City Attraction.
...$2 quinella box... City Attraction/ALL.

RACE 8-9... $10 DD... R8/Judy Soda... R9/He Dicho.
...$4 DD... R8/Judy Soda/South Wing... R9/He Dicho/Spin Factor.

All turf wagers are turf only

Total bet...$122.00

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