The Daily Bankroll Challenge

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

2007 Racing Season

Saratoga Race Course
Thursday, August 2, 2007
Total for the meet... $752.00

We start the 2007 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 2007 daily Best Bets picks and plays pages.


Oy! Thought we were shopping for some value with Lava Cat -- but the betting public was clearly focusing on the same factors we were. As the 2-1 fave Lava Cat wasn't quite as appealing. Oh well.

We did grab a nice little exacta in the 7th -- but clearly we should have played the tri as three of ours combined for the $650.00/$2 gimmick. Oh well.

RACE 1/2... $1 double... R1/ALL... R2/Lava Cat.
Ran R1/Won [obviously]... R2/3rd.

RACE TWO...$5 WP on Lava Cat.
Ran 3rd at 2-1.

RACE FIVE...$1 exacta box... Stonestreet Song/Georgetown/At Attention/Elusive Schemes.
Ran 1-5-5-8 [DH for 5th].

RACE SEVEN... $1 exacta box... On Fire/Tight Grip/Brave Emperor/Peace Mon.
Collected $38.00 on the ex box [$76.00/$2].

RACE NINE...$1 tri box... Prom Party/Lady Carlock/Ruban Bleu/Enchantal.
Ran 1-4-5-10.

Loss for the day... $29.00


RACE 1/2... $2 double... R1/Baby League... R2/Irish Smoke/Spanish Coin/Pletcher entry.

RACE TWO... $3 WP on Irish Smoke.

RACE SEVEN...$2 exacta box... Cosmic Kris/Dynagilder/Buckeye Wonder.

All turf wagers are turf only

Total bet...$24

If we are interested in both halves of an entry -- in event of a scratch -- it is noted that way [in other words, both halve are named]. If only one-half of the entry is named, then we prefer that half and will move to our next pick listed [rather than the other half of the entry] in event of a scratch.

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