Sun panel fades after strong start

May 20, 2001|By FROM STAFF REPORTS

The Sun's panel of handicapping experts went down with Monarchos in yesterday's Preakness Stakes but did better with its imaginary bankroll in the early card.

A win bet on Congaree bought a bettor some suspense but ultimately a third-place finish. Derby winner Monarchos' sixth-place finish further doomed an imaginary exacta box with Congaree.

Based on imaginary bets of $2 to win on each predicted winner and $2 on every suggested exacta combination, the panel of Sun editor Stephen R. Proctor, jockey agent John E. Salzman Jr., trainer Brian "B.J." Jones and racetrack tout Jorge Turcios would have suffered a combined loss of $113.20.

Our panel fared much better with its Sun long shots. Though it didn't come with advice on betting strategy, the panel's long shots brought home Tony Basich ($8.80) in the first race and Redas Skydancer ($42.20) in the second. Creative bettors would have cashed a $136.40 daily double had they strung the two shots together. Annie's Honor ($9.20) also won the fourth race.

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