08/14/2006 11:00PM

Litfin's Saratoga plays for Wednesday, August 16


Let's quickly catch up on some bookkeeping from the last couple of days.

On Sunday, we had a good idea about linking the entire field from race 5 with our two win selections in a pick three, because Kon Krete Kid lit up the toteboard like a Christmas tree, paying $95 to win after Giant Chieftan snatched defeat from the jaws of victory by veering out sharply in midstretch; these 2-year-old turf routes produce more than their fair share of longshot winners.

Unfortunately, Dixieland Squall, our $20 win bet in race 4, had the lead after a half-mile but faded to wind up fifth at 7-1, so we lost $10 on the $1 wheel.

At least Massoud won race 6, paying $5.80, so our $20 win bet got us out for the day with a profit of $8.

Those who managed to sniff out first-time starter Montauk Daisy ($10.20) in race 4 could've easily reeled in a $2,042 pick three by wheeling race 5 and anchoring the play with Massoud.

On Monday, we had $20 to win on Sheer Silk ($6.40) in the opener, but lost a $30 win bet on Mr. Antagonizer in race 3, for a net gain of $14 on the day.

Profits of $8 and $14 aren't exactly life-changing scores, but at least that makes three straight days in the plus column, and gives us a little momentum as the second half of the meet gets underway.


This game can be as complicated or as simple as you care to make it. The simple version of this race is that Bachelornumberone ran a figure superior to his rivals when last on turf at Belmont on June 15, and did so despite racing in traffic through the stretch run. He comes off a throw-out race in an off-the-turf route 12 days ago, and is listed at 6-1 on the morning line set by the NYRA's Eric Donovan. We'll settle for less than half that. Simple, eh?

The bet: $50 to win on Bachelornumberone (turf only; minimum odds 5-2).

Total wagers Sunday & Monday: $100
Total return Sunday & Monday: $122
Total win/loss Sunday & Monday: plus $22

Total wagers for meet: $822
Total return for meet: $633
Total win/loss for meet: minus $189