The Daily Bankroll Challenge

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

2007 Racing Season

Saratoga Race Course
Friday, August 31, 2007
Total for the meet... $695.30

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.


Clearly we hung our hat on Snare in the 5th. We liked him in his debut earlier this summer and he tossed in a dud but we were waiting for the return. He had some life turning into the stretch but just couldn't turn on the after-jets when the real running began. If he had gotten the job done, not only would we have had win-place money at 9-1, but we would haver collected on the Pick 3s in Races 4-6 and 5-7. It would have been a very nice day. Still might have bailed ourselves out with a nice little tri in the nightcap when our key horse won at a generous 9-2 and another of ours finished second -- but we couldn't fill the show spot in order to cash a ticket.

RACE 1/2... $4 doubles... R1/Skip Datt/Delta Park... R2/DJ Lightning/Nighttime Appeal.
Ran R1/2-4... R2/WON-8.

RACE TWO... $4 WP... DJ Lightning.
Collected $26.80 on the WP [9.00, 4.40].

RACE 2-5... $1 P4... R2/DJ Lightning/Nightime Appeal... R3/Hesanoldsalt... R4/Freakenstein/Psycho DJ... R5/Snare/Farri H.
Ran R2/WON-8... R3/4th... R4/WON-2... R5/2-5.

RACE 4-6... $1 P3... R4/Freakenstein/Psycho DJ/A Little Humor/Tasley... R5/Snare... R6/Indian Blessing/Life Is Sweet/Constance/Carolyn's Cat
Ran R4/WON-2-6-7... R5/5th... R6/WON-6-7-8.

RACE FIVE... $4 WP... Snare.
Ran 5th at 9-1.

...$1 exacta box... Snare/Farri H/Ashiki/Flower Storm.
Ran 2-5-8-scr.

RACE 5-7... $1 P3... R5/Snare... R6/ALL... R7/La Neige.
Ran... R5/5th... R6/WON [ALL]... R7/WON.

RACE NINE...$1 tri... Bar City over Last Boat Home/Mesa Girl/Sew Slippery/La Ransom over Last Boat Home/Mesa Girl/Sew Slippery/La Ransom.
Ran WON/2-5-6/2-5-6.

Loss for the day...50.20


RACE 1/2... $2 doubles... R1/Against the Grain/Smokin Sarah/Contessa entry... R2/Ward entry/Sir Sheffield.

RACE FIVE...$5 WP... Quiet Cay.
...$2 exacta box Quiet Cay with Fairytale Story/Survived/Stashed Away/Optimist Girl.

RACE 5-7... $1 P3... R5/Quiet Cay/Fairytale Story... R6/Valid Humor... R7/Miss Blarney Stone/Daring Dreamer.

RACE SEVEN... $5 exacta box... Miss Blarney Stone/Daring Dreamer.

RACE 7-9... $1 P3... R7/Miss Blarney Stone/Daring Dreamer... R8/High Appeal/Zayat entry... R9/Brave Emperor/Star Studded.

All turf wagers are turf only

Total bet...$60.00

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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