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Today's Best Bets

by Seth Merrow

Saratoga Race Course
Tuesday, September 8, 2009
Meet Total ... 96-364

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Saratoga 2009 Public Handicappers' Scorecard: FINAL

The list below includes virtually all of the public handicappers available in newspapers in the Saratoga region as well as the NYC tabloids which are available upstate.

This year it's a tie at the top between Matt Graves [Albany Times-Union] and Bill Taylor [The Saratogian]. Bill was sitting in fifth-place at the mid-season mark, while Matt needed a late season rally -- grabbing a remarkable 68 winners over the last three weeks to climb to the top from 13th-place at the mid-point mark. Solid work by both handicappers -- as well as Tom Cavanagh [NY Daily News] and Mark Cusano [The Daily Gazette] who were right behind the top pair with 113 winners each.

And an extra tip o' the cap to Matt Graves for 'beating the meet' -- posting a positive ROI had a $2 win-bet been placed on each of his top selections throughout the season.

For the sake of comparison, final meet totals for the past few seasons can be found here: 2008, 2007, 2006, 2005, 2004 and 2003.

And mid-season numbers: 2009, 2008, 2007, 2006, 2005 and 2004.

As for our own numbers -- equidaily.com's Best Bets always shoots for the century-mark, 100 winners-on-top, and hopes to pass that number by a fair margin, if possible. This year however we had a couple of light weeks -- Week Three with only 13 winners, and Week Six with 14. Otherwise we were pretty much on-track to reach our goal.

That said we had some good days and playing around with the selections should have offered some fun and value to our readers.

Our $671.50 ROI -- while not enough to "beat-the-meet", did best five of the eight handicappers that topped us with winners-on-top and provided ROI numbers, and placed us at #4 among the eighteen handicappers that provided ROI info. And frankly, we were just a hop-skip-and a jump from "beating-the-meet". This past Thursday our top pick in the 2nd race ran second at 21.90-1. And on Saturday we goofed and left the 12th race off of the page -- missing a $6.70 winner [although, for verification, we used the horse on the Bankroll Page]. A little racing luck -- and a little less absent-mindedness -- and we have $50.50 more in the bank and we're a 2-1 shot away from having a positive ROI for the season. But -- that's what makes it interesting...

Note: Discrepancies in total number of races played is due to some handicappers losing races due to scratches.
ALSO: Dollar amounts shown are the ROI if a $2 win-bet was placed on each handicapper's top selection. Not all handicappers supplied this information.

Matt Graves
Albany Times Union
114-361 ... $742.20
Bill Taylor
Tom Cavanagh
NY Daily News
113-365 ... $692.30
Mark Cusano
Daily [Schenectady] Gazette
Brien Bouyea
Daniel Feiss
Jerry Bossert
NY Daily News
104-365 ... $676.90
Kyle Brownell
Post-Star [Glens Fall, NY]
104-365 ... $643.10
Dave Litfin
Daily Racing Form
Bev Swimm
Albany Times Union
100-363 ... $596.10
Tim Wilkin
Albany Times Union
99-364 ... $595.00
Nick Kling
Troy Record/Saratogian
98-365 ... $627.30
Debbie L
NY Post
98-363 ... $656.70*
Seth Merrow
Best Bets - equidaily.com
96-364 ... $671.50
Dave Little
NY Daily News
95-364 ... $603.40
Tom Law
John DaSilva
NY Post
90-365 ... $575.10*
Laim Durbin
Bill Heller
Daily [Schenectady] Gazette
Dan Lauletta
NY Daily News
86-364 ... $586.30
Ed Fountaine
NY Post
85-365 ... $532.60*
Mark Hoffman
The Recorder [Amsterdam, NY]
85-365 ... $538.40
Vic C
NY Post
83-363 ... $625.10*
Mike Jarboe
Albany Times Union
79-363 ... $523.70
Mike Lipack
NY Daily News
76-365 ... $628.00
NY Post
58-365 ... $469.40*
* NY Post ROI figures might be one day off. Figures were calculated from the numbers published in Monday's [9/7/09] edition -- but while we double-checked and verified the winners-on-top totals, we're not sure about the ROIs. If updated numbers are subsequently published we'll relay those figures. Numbers for all other handicappers and newspapers should be correct.


3-10. Winners in the 5th [$16.60], 6th [$8.80], 8th [$7.90]. Also, reverse exacta in the 2nd [$13.40/$2; quinella, $9.50]. Our third pick completed that tri [$28.40]. Another reverse exacta in the 3rd [$22.20]. And in the 4th [$14.80; quinella, $8.70]. Our fourth pick rounded out the tri in that race [$40.00]. A very generous cold exacta in the 5th [$121.00] -- the race and the wager that proved to be the object of much consternation due to our major-league gaffe on the Bankroll Challenge page. In the 6th it was our top selection over our third choice for the exacta [$76.00] with our second pick rounding out the tri [$314.00]. In the 8th it was our top pick over fourth selection over second choice for the exacta [$21.40] and tri [$103.00].


No racing. See you next year.


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