The Daily Bankroll Challenge

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

2010 Racing Season

Saratoga Race Course
Monday, August 23, 2010
Total for the meet... $467.65

We start the 2010 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.


What an absolutely crazy day to make a profit. We fired our first [and hopefully only] oh-fer of the meet over on the selections page and really didn't have much of anything to crow about over there. But in something of a puzzler -- the weather and scratches actually helped us make some money over here!

RACES 1/2... $2 doubles... R1/Vicarious/Rumors of Glory-Under the Rainbow/Laylaben/Team Plan... R2/Scale.
Scale scratched.

RACE TWO... $2 exacta box... Scale/Rotten to the Core-Smooth Transition/Jim's Applemartini.
Collected $24.80 on the ex box [$24.80/$2].

...$2 exacta key... Scale over Rotten to the Core-Smooth Transition/Jim's Applemartini.
Scale scratched.

RACE TEN... $3 WP on Street Chimes.
...$1 exacta box... Street Chimes/Tapit Dancer/Tiz My Time/Fancy Point.
...$1 exacta box... Street Chimes/Tapit Dancer/Tiz My Time.
No bets. Race was moved off the turf - although Street Chimes won [$8.30, 5.40, 3.40].

Profit for the day... $20.80


With the rain and the off-turf status we'll keep the plays light. Very light.

RACE FIVE... $1 exacta box... That's Rich/Stormin Bolt/Vose the Host.

All turf wagers are turf only

Total bet...$6.00

If we are interested in both halves of an entry -- in event of a scratch -- it is noted that way [in other words, both halves 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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