The Daily Bankroll Challenge

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

2012 Racing Season

Saratoga Race Course
Monday, August 20, 2012
Total for the meet... $965.20

We kicked our mythical bankroll up to $1200 to start the 2011 Saratoga thoroughbred race meet - and we'll hold there this season. In past years we've started with $1000, but with the 40-day meet a $1200 bankroll gives us a reasonable $30/day average. Each day we'll use this space to record our mythical best bets and calculate the accumulated wins and losses.


Oy! We'll typically have at least two or three decent double-digit winners by this time in the meet - and we'll have used them in some fashion over here as part of the bankroll. It looked like we'd get one over yesterday when our top pick in R5, 15-1 Always Kitten saved ground into the land and looked absolutely live rolling into the final furlong. Ouch - we were tripped up by a D Wayne Lukas runner that got the jump on us and gave the trainer his first win at the meet. We ran second - which cost us the P4 play - with a 'will pay' of $2363/$2. Again, ouch...

RACE TWO... $1 exacta box... Chasing Piper/Fast and Strong/Clever Spirit/Bourbonology.
Collected $26.25 on the ex box [$52.50/$2].

RACES 2-5... $.50... R2/Chasing Piper/Fast and Strong/Clever Spirit/Bourbonology... R3/Side Party Ralph/Revere/Backdown... R4/Cosmic Energy/Bay Head Beauty/Wise Harmony/First Whippoorwill... R5/Always Kitten.
Ran R2/WON [$22.20]-2-3-4... R3/WON [$4.50]-2-6... R4/WON [$7.50]-4-5-6... R5/2nd at 15-1.

RACE FIVE... $4WPS on Always Kitten.
Collected $39.80 on the WPS [xxx, 13.20, 6.90].

...$1 exacta box ... Colorful Image/Lovely Dynaformer/Always Kitten/Citizen Emma.
Ran 2-6-7-10.

RACE SIX... $2 exacta box... Hear the Word/Gaelico/Our Entourage/Key to Power.
Collected $32.40 on the ex box [$32.40/$2].

... $2 exacta box... Hear the Word/Our Entourage.
Ran 2-6.

RACE EIGHT... $5 WP on Disposablepleasure.
Ran a disappointing 6th and last at 8-1.

RACE TEN... $2 exacta box... Read the Research/Grand Entry/Deflate the Bubble/Rodinia.
Collected $26.40 on the ex box [$26.40].

PROFIT for the day... $2.85


RACE FOUR... $2 exacta box... Becker's Galaxy/Always for You/Everydoghashisday/Birchwood Road.
... $2 exacta box... Becker's Galaxy/Always for You/Birchwood Road.

RACE FIVE... $2 exacta box... Willet/Final Mesa/Risky Rachel.

RACE SIX... $1 exacta box... Tonto Fontenot/Jimmy Simms/Cozy Kitten/Voodoo Storm, sub Syros if scratch.

RACE EIGHT... $1 exacta box.. Conquesta/Cerce Cay/Praise Band/Geisha Gal.

Total bet... $52

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