Sun panel fades after strong start


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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