08/16/2006 11:00PM

Del Mar internet plays for Friday


Thursday was not a winning day.

Race 1 play Rockin Ronbo was not good enough to win the $25,000 maiden-claimer, but if trainer Jeff Mullins runs him for $20,000 at Fairplex Park, he should be competitive. He was surrounded by traffic throughout, and then gave nothing in the lane.

Race 6 play Dew Drop would not have won (Yodeladytoo got loose and never slowed down), but Dew Drop never had a chance. She broke slow, steadied on the turn, and was given zero encouragement through the lane by inconsistent apprentice Martin Garcia.

All in all, it was a $50 loss. That is hardly news.

On to Friday.

Races 6 & 7

The turf rails are being moved back to a seven-foot setting Friday, and over a narrow course, early speed and inside posts are paramount in turf sprints.

It means that 3-1 program favorite Billy's Echo, who must rally from behind, is compromised from post 6.

The top contenders are Weekend Tiger (4-1) and Solid Fuel (7-2). The play will be daily doubles keying that pair to Behaving Badly, the favorite in the Grade 3 Rancho Bernardo Handicap, with a backup daily double to Somethinaboutlaura (5-1).

No minimum-odds safety net on Friday.

The bet: $20 daily doubles Weekend Tiger and Solid Fuel with Behaving Badly; and $5 daily doubles Weekend Tiger and Solid Fuel, with Somethinaboutlaura.

That's it. Back on Saturday.

Total wagers previous day: $50.
Total return previous day: $0.
Total win/loss previous day: minus $0.

Total wagers for meet: $950.
Total return for meet: $0.
Total win/loss for meet: minus $950.