Preakness Bankroll Challenge

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Well, we’re back. Again. Yes, another big day of racing and another Bankroll Challenge with the quartet of handicappers from The Saratoga Special.

Perhaps it’s a sign of things to come, or perhaps it’s just because it’s 2020.

Following $100 mythical bankroll contests for the Kentucky Derby Sept. 5 and the Kentucky Turf Cup Day at Kentucky Downs Sept. 12 handicappers John Shapazian, Tom Law, Charles Bedard and Rob Whitlock take some swings at Saturday’s Preakness Day card at Pimlico Race Course.

How’d the crew fare last time? Two of the four ended the day with more than the $100 they started with and the other two were blanked and looking for virtual change for a virtual cab ride home.

Tom came out on top with a $19 profit thanks to a $20 Win-Place bet on Red Knight, second in the featured Grade 3 Calumet Farm Kentucky Turf Cup, to collect $58 and a $10 Win-Place bet on the winning Imprimis in the Grade 3 Runhappy Turf Sprint to cash for $61.

Rob wound up with refunds on a pair of $2 Trifecta Box bets with three horses, saving him $24 and also cashed for $80 on a $20 Win bet on Imprimis. He ended the day with a mythical $104.

John and Charles? Well, you read above about the goose egg.

The handicappers also picked each of the 11 races on the card and Tom came away with six winners. Our other three handicappers each picked four winners.

Well, here goes again, the first (and hopefully last) Saratoga Special/This Is Horse Racing Preakness Stakes September bankroll challenge. See what we did there?


John Shapazian

“OK, let’s keep it simple. Pimlico has rolling Daily Doubles. Let’s play 10 consecutive $10 Daily Doubles using my top pick in each race, races 1 to 10. Please send me cash for my winnings, no checks, credit cards or IOUs will be accepted.”

Race 1: $10 DD, Domain Expertise-Wicked Awesome.
Race 2: $10 DD, Wicked Awesome-Bye Bye J.
Race 3: $10 DD, Bye Bye J-Chart.
Race 4: $10 DD, Chart-Mundaye Call.
Race 5: $10 DD, Mundaye Call-Factor This.
Race 6: $10 DD, Factor This-Landeskog.
Race 7: $10 DD, Landeskog-Pivotal Mission.
Race 8: $10 DD, Pivotal Mission-Chocolate Bar.
Race 9: $10 DD, Chocolate Bar-Bonny South.
Race 10: $10 DD, Bonny South-Authentic.


Tom Law

“Let’s try and pad the bankroll from last time – a whopping 19 bucks – for some monster cards coming up including the Breeders’ Cup next month.”

Race 3: $10 Win, Never Enough Time.
Race 4: $10 WP, Princess Grace.
Race 8: $1 Pick 4, Pivotal Mission-Hidden Enemy-Nautilus with Monday Morning Qb-Don Juan Kitten-Bye Bye Melvin with Bonny South with Mr. Big News-Art Collector-Swiss Skydiver-Thousand Words.
Race 9: $5 WPS, Monday Morning Qb.
Race 11: $5 WPS, Swiss Skydiver.
Race 12: $2 WP, Quick Sand Aa.


Charles Bedard

Race 2: $10 DD, Juliet Foxtrot, Varenka with Bye Bye J.
Race 5: $20 DD, Ain’t No Elmers, Mundaye Call with Factor This.
Race 7: $1 Pick 3, Admiral Lynch, Laki, Landeskog with Pivotal Mission, Nautilus with Chocolate Bar, Don Juan Kitten, Buy Land And See.
Race 8: 50 cent Pick 3: Pivotal Mission, Catman, Nautilus with Chocolate Bar, Vanzzy, Don Juan Kitten with Bonny South, Mizzen Beau, Hopeful Growth.
Race 11: $2 WP, Swiss Skydiver.