The Daily Bankroll Challenge

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

2009 Racing Season

Saratoga Race Course
Thursday, August 20, 2009
Total for the meet... $734.50

We start the 2009 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.


Our plays for the day obviously keyed on the potential Sheppard Special in the 6th, Sobee. That one was 12-1 on the ML and we were shocked -- and disappointed -- to see her open at 7-2 and eventually settle at 5-1. The play became far less attractive at those odds -- and really became unattractive as she never really offered much hope at any point in the race.

RACE TWO... $2 quinella box... Speechifying/Fashion Queen/Victory for M'lady.
Ran WON-3-4.

...$2 quinella... Speechifying/Fashion Queen.
Ran WON-4.

RACE FIVE... $2 exacta box... More to the Story/Starfish Bay/Thoroughly Holy.
Ran WON-5-7.

RACE SIX... $10 WP on Sobee.
Ran 8th at 5-1.

...$2 exacta box... Sobee with Gran Appeal/Americas Dreaming/Bum Bum/Why West.
Ran 8/3-4-5-scr.

...$1 exacta box... Sobee with ALL.
Sobee ran 8th.

Loss for the day... $70.00


RACE ONE... $4 WP on Aero.

RACE TWO...$5 quinella... Lucy N Thunder/Grand Decision.

RACE FIVE... $2 exacta box... Myrtle's Gray/Roaring Belle/Smoke After Six.

RACE SIX...$5 exacta box... Dukinfield/Magnificient Max.

RACE SEVEN...$4 WP on Supreme Serene.
...$1 exacta box... Supreme Serene/Smooth Transition/Golly Day/Camptown Blues-Fortunate Run.

RACE EIGHT...$4 exacta box... Cap The Thunder/Grace's Valentine.

All turf wagers are turf only

Total bet...$63.00

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