08/18/2006 11:00PM

Del Mar internet plays for Sunday


First, it is time to get caught up.

Friday results were good - a $20 daily double from Solid Fuel ($14.60) in race 6 to Behaving Badly ($3.40) in race 7 returned $246 and produced a net profit on the day of $196.

Saturday results were not so good. Race-6 second-timer Turquoise N Gold was 5-2 and home free in deep stretch, but the "other" half of the odds-on entry nailed him late. The dull effort by favorite River Echo was predictable; firster Street Lights rescued the entry and got up late. In race 7, Striking Cobra got cooked in a duel. The day's loss was $50.

Sunday is $1 million Pacific Classic day, the second-biggest day of the meet behind opening day. Too bad the Southern California circuit can do no better than include four maiden races on the 10-race program. In two of those maiden races, there are longshot possibilities.

After almost five weeks of racing, the average daily handle in this column has only been about $37. So there is no guilt Sunday to doubling the daily stake to $100.

Race 5

Going in, this six-furlong sprint for 2-year-old fillies looks weak. Angel Eyed (3-1) broke slow and finished well in her debut; Berriestoheaven (4-1) finished second in a slow race first time out. Either could win.

But the potential overlay is firster Jungle Storm (15-1). She is a full sister to 2004 debut winner Primal Storm, who also won the Grade 3 Flash. Furthermore, trainer Marcelo Polanco sprang a $49.80 upset with 2-year-old firster Mambo Trainer in 2003 at Del Mar, and Polanco did it again with $42.80 debut 2-year-old Culture Clash in 2004 at Del Mar.

Bred to win early, from a stable with a history of 2-year-old success at Del Mar, Jungle Storm is eligible to spring a surprise. She can be played at 9-1 or higher.

The bet: $20 win Jungle Storm (minimum odds 9-1).

Race 7

A weak field of older maidens go a mile and a sixteenth on turf. Second-time starter Mi Arcobaleno (3-1) should move up with a race under his belt, but he is no bargain. Bartok of Siam (4-1) is the second choice; but he is an eight-time loser.

The gamble is a 14-time loser who benefits from the expected slow pace. Handsome Michael K (12-1) has chased blazing fractions and faded his last two starts. He meets only one apparent pace adversary Sunday. That is Sartorial. With the rails up at seven feet, Handsome Michael K has a shot to outrun his price. The odds cutoff is 9-1.

The bet: $20 win Handsome Michael K (minimum odds 9-1).

Race 9

Midnight Lute (5-2) and Ramsgate (3-1) are the favorites, both coming out of the same visually unimpressive race. Jamie (12-1) returns from a two-month freshening for trainer John Sadler, who is deadly with comebackers.

Jamie can be played at 9-1 or higher.

The bet: $20 win Jamie (minimum odds 9-1).

Races 5, 6, 7, 8 & 9

What's a big day without some exotic wagering? Below are four daily doubles at $10 each, with no minimum odds safety net. If any of the above win bets do not meet minimum odds, increase the daily doubles by $5 each occurrence.

Races 5-6: $10 double Jungle Storm to Declan's Moon.

Races 6-7: $10 double Declan's Moon to Handsome Michael K

Races 7-8: $10 double Handsome Michael to Lava Man.

Races 8-9: $10 double Lava Man to Jamie.

That's a wrap, $100 total. Back on Monday.

Total wagers Friday: $50.
Total return Friday: $246.
Total win/loss Friday: plus $196.

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

Total wagers for meet: $1,050.
Total return for meet: $246.
Total win/loss for meet: minus $804.