Welcome to the VSiN.com/horses debut of “Mr. Ed’s Saratoga on (about) $100 a Day” as veteran handicapper Ed Sehon will give daily news, notes and selections on the prestigious meet in upstate New York that will again be attracting big crowds this summer and big betting handle from coast to coast.
During the pandemic, Sehon joined his longtime sports gambling mentor, VSiN senior reporter Dave Tuley, to offer daily horse racing picks as a member of the “Tuley’s Thoroughbred Takes” team when the rest of the sports world was in lock down. When football returned, they went to a Saturday-only schedule the past 10 months, but now Sehon returns to the daily (mostly Wednesdays through Sundays) beat over the next eight weeks with his insights on the 40-day Saratoga meet that runs through Labor Day.
Prior to joining VSiN, Mr. Ed, a self-described “recovering journalist” with stints at the Miami Herald plus some smaller newspapers, enjoyed a successful career in banking, corporate communications (R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Company) and public relations. He was also a contributing writer for Horseplayer Magazine. Mr. Ed and Tuley have been friends since Ed wrote a letter more than 20 years ago to Tuley when he was at Daily Racing Form. And now, the first installment of ...
Mr. Ed’s SARATOGA ON (about) $100 A DAY
Day 1 - Thursday, July 15, 2021
Over the past 40-plus years, I have honed my handicapping skills at the Spa from several venues -- beginning atop the racing ovals with legendary race caller Tom Durkin, to dark misty 4:30 a.m. workouts rail-side at the Oklahoma Training Track, to his favorite race day gathering spot seated with friends alongside the historic paddock.
The goal here is to use that experience along with my observations and input from my on-track sources to give a daily guide to what’s happening at the Saratoga meet. I’ll be giving daily selections and the “about” in the title means that this is meant for someone betting Saratoga and figuring they’ll have around a $100 gambling budget, but that’s not set in stone. If we feel there’s not enough value on the card (like opening day), we’ll suggest a smaller bankroll and bet more on the marquee days.
EXACTA EXTRA (Race No. 3, 2:15 p.m. ET/11:15 a.m. PT)
These three tower over others: #6 Point Me By (6-1 morning line); #9 St. Joe Louis (8-5) & #10 Treason (5-2). Wager: $2 box on 6,9 & 10 ($12).
PRICE PLAY (Race No. 4, 2:49 p.m. ET/11:49 a.m. PT)
Like the #11 Alpha Babe (10-1), the trainer (Atras), the jockey (Franco) and added distance (1 1/8 miles). Wager: $5 Win & Place on #11 ($10).
BEST BET (Race No. 5, 3:21 p.m. ET/12:21 p.m. PT)
Nation’s top trainer Brad Cox sends 2-year-old filly #3 Lady Scarlet (5-2) sprinting after speedy Churchill drill. Quick enough to wire inexperienced field. Wager: $10 to win on #3 ($10).
$0.50 LATE PICK 4 (Races Nos. 7-10, 4:29 p.m. ET/1:29 p.m. PT)
Chalky, but playable (costs $18).
Race 7: 1,2,3
Race 8: 3,9
Race 9: 2,4,7
Race 10: 6,8
TOTAL WAGERS: $50