The Daily Bankroll Challenge

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

2007 Racing Season

Saratoga Race Course
Saturday, August 18, 2007
Total for the meet... $737.95

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.


For the second day in a row we barely missed on the P4. We dropped the first leg when our top pick ran second -- but since we were playing so lightly we probably should have added our second pick in [the eventual winner]. It was a decent $383.50/$2 P4 with our top pick winning the last three after that near-miss...

RACE 1/2... $5 double... R1/Al Basha... R2/Zito entry.
Ran R1/WON... R2/2nd.

...$2 double... R1/Al Basha... R2/British Columbia.
Ran R1/WON... R2/4th.

RACE FIVE... $2 exacta box... More Than a Feelin/Bees.
Ran 3-6.

RACE 6-9... $1 P4... R6/Sashay Renee... R7/Subtitles/Dragon Fi... R8/Sharp Susan... R9/Whateverwillbwillb/Survived/Innovator/Fortynine Below.
Ran R6/2nd... R7/WON-3... R8/WON... R9/WON-5-6-scr.

Loss for the day... $17.00


RACE ONE... $2 exacta box... Mount Wilton/Nerve.

RACE !/2... $4 double... R1/Mount Wilton... R2/Wall Street Humor-Hedgefund Investor.

RACE THREE... $3 WP... Huge City.

RACE FIVE... $3 WP... Just Hoping.

RACE SEVEN... $5 WPS... Nationbuilder.

RACE 7-10... $1 P4... R7/Nationbuilder... R8/J'ray/Factual Contender... R9/Lady Joanne... R10/Irish Ace/It's Magical/.

RACE EIGHT... $5 exacta box... J'ray/Factual Contender.

RACE TEN... $2 exacta box... Irish Ace/It's Magical.

All turf wagers are turf only

Total bet...$53

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.

Archives of daily Best Bets picks and plays pages: 2006 ... 2005 ... 2004 ... 2003

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