The Daily Bankroll Challenge

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

2007 Racing Season

Saratoga Race Course
Sunday, August 5, 2007
Total for the meet... $915.40

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.


Let's not look a gift horse in the mouth -- because this was our first day to turn a profit -- but frankly, it could have been much better. We were a little gun-shy after the first week and a half, so we tread lightly -- and still came up with a very nice score. But we easily could have been a little braver with the WP bet in the 7th -- and speaking of the 7th, yeah, we grabbed the nice ex box, but -- DOH! -- our top pick was followed in that race by two of the others we used to combine for a $1500.00/$2 tri!

RACE SIX...$1 tri box... Texas Elegance/Back to Mandalay/Sammy's Toy/Striking Rizzi.
Collected $84.25 on the tri box [$168.50/$2].

RACE SEVEN... $3 WP... Three in the Bag.
Collected $57.60 on the WP [25.60, 12.80].

...$1 exacta box... Three in the Bag with Communicator/Sacrifice Bunt/Dr Pleasure.
Collected $76.00 on the ex box [$152.00/$2].

Profit for the day... $181.85


RACE FOUR...$10 quinella... Mr Zip/Makin Me Famous.

RACE FIVE... $3 WP... Pletcher entry [Desafinado/Sibley].

RACE 7/8/9/10... $1 P4... R7/Ninth of July... R8/Past the Point/Winstrella... R9/Silver Tree/Brilliant... R10/Elizabul/No Parole/Falcon's Peak/Kenta Kun.

All turf wagers are turf only

Total bet...$32

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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