The Daily Bankroll Challenge

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

2008 Racing Season

Saratoga Race Course
Sunday, August 31, 2008
Total for the meet... $727.75

We start the 2008 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.


Sautrday kind of took the wind out of our sails and made us wonder if it's just not to be. We were all around it yesterday and could have had the day of the meet -- but we couldn't break through in some frustrating finishes. Even our winner was a disappoint as the owrd was out on Hello Broadway. We were expecting perhaps 5-1, but he opened in the 9-5 range and eventually won at 2-1.

But the nightcap was the kicker. Sheppard Specials have been good to the bankroll over the years and it looked like another would propel to a good place. 13-1 Come Close got into gear in the final half-furlong and made a late charge that looked to be a winner -- but just couldn't get up in the photo, finishing third by a nse and a head. Worse, we ran 2-3 in the photo for a nice exacta that we would have had 1.5X.


RACES 1/2... $2 doubles... R1/Terrific Storm/Delta Sea... R2/Offshore/Storm Harbor.
Ran R1/Won-2... R2/2-4.

RACE TWO... $5 WP on Offshore.
Collected $14.00 on the WP [xxx, $5.60].

...$5 exacta box... Offshore/Storm Harbor/Sharif Al Medina.
Ran 2-3-4.

RACE THREE... $3 exacta box... Rollers/Endless Circle.
Endless Cricle scratch. Rollers WON.

RACE FIVE... $5 exacta box... Jamaludin/Moore Miles.
Ran 2-6.

$2 exacta box... Jamaludin/Moore Miles/Fios.
Ran 2-4-6.

RACE EIGHT... $10WP on Hello Broadway.
Collected $57.50 on the WP [$6.80, 4.70].

...$2 exacta box... Hello Broadway/Big Flirt/Speed Limit.
Ran WON-7-scr.

RACE ELEVEN... $5 WP on Come Close.
Ran 3rd at 13-1.

...$2 exacta box... Come Close with Ground Hero/Transit of Venus.
Ran 3/2-9.

...$1 exacta box... Come Close/Ground Hero/Transit of Venus/Casey's Joy.
Ran 2-3-8-9.

...$1 tri box... Come Close/Ground Hero/Transit of Venus/Casey's Joy.
Ran 2-3-8-9.

Loss for the day... $76.50


Two days left. As noted above, Saturday's near-miss big-day could signal the fortunes are against us -- but we'll keep the confidence high and try to make the magic happen!

Clearly we're swinging for the fences -- proceed with caution.

RACE ONE... $2 exacta box... Shammi/Sacred Icon/Ya Think.

RACES 1/2... $5 doubles.. R1/Shammi/Sacred Icon/Ya Think... R2/Big Flirt/Tufao/Mr Jolson.

RACE TWO... $5 WP on Big Flirt.
...$2 exacta box... Big Flirt/Tufao/Mr Jolson.

RACES 2-3-4...$1 P3... R2/Big Flirt/Tufao/Mr Jolson.... R3/Hangingbyathread/Grasberg... R4/Theatrical Madam/River Fancy-There Are Rainbows/Americas Dreamin.

RACE THREE... $5 exacta box... Hangingbyathread/Grasberg.

RACE FOUR... $10 WP on Theatrical Madam.
...$2 exacta box... Theatrical Madam/River Fancy-There Are Rainbows/Americas Dreamin.

RACE FIVE... $5 WP on Walkabout Winner.

RACES 6-11... $2 P6... R6/Critical/Gold Indy... R7/Secret Gypsy... R8/Mousse au Chocolat... R9/Ready's Echo/Nistle's Crunch... R10/Mine All Mine/Casanova Move... R11/Jeux de Danse/Factual Number/Just a Little Jet -- sub Croesus, Whateverwillbwillb, Fancy Footsteps, in that order and as needed by scratches.

RACE SIX... $5 WP on Critical.

RACE EIGHT... $20 exacta box... Mousse au Chocolat/Blitzen Too.

RACE TEN... $5 WP on Mine All Mine.

All turf wagers are turf only

Total bet...$244.00

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