Saturday, September 6, 2008

Final Saratoga Tally

I went into the final day on Labor Day with a plus $400 for the Saratoga meet. Given the way I bet, that is very good for me, as I am always trying to hit the big one at the expense of covering my bets. This year the rolling doubles and pk3's really helped me in that I could now bet favorites in doubles and cover in the second leg with exacta's, etc. I hit a number of doubles and savers which obviously helped the bottom line. In past years, I probably would have passed on short-priced favorites in the win pool.

Unfortunately on Monday, the trainers, jockeys, and the horses didn't read the Doghouse, so I took the worst beating of the meet. The day was capped by the 2 year old Hopeful when Munnings genuflected at the gate, and Cribnote started to go downtown for a drink instead of making the turn. Amazingly, he took a left at the grandstand and came on the way, way, way outside for 2nd.

So the bottom line for the Saratoga meet was minus $150. There aren't too many people that can turn a $400 profit into a $150 loss in one day.

We had some very good winners this meet. We just have to keep doing it.

Hope you had fun. I will post Spot Plays for Belmont on occasion. Remember winning isn't everthing.

Mr. X

Monday, September 1, 2008

Last Saratoga Doghouse Posted Monday, September 1

I have posted the last Doghouse for the Saratoga season closing today.

Had a very good day with last Friday's Doghouse. Hit numerous small triples and exactas, etc. Did hit a $51 exacta 10 times. Thank you Nick Zito for the 24-1 shot that finished second in the exacta.

Now positive for the meet. Today is the make or break day. We'll see. I'm not counting my chickens.

As always, go to Meet Mr. X and click on the Doghouse Confidential red button or go to the Racing Calendar and look for today's date.

Good luck. Hope you had fun this season. It's about having a good time.

Mr. X