09/04/2006 11:00PM

Del Mar internet plays for Wednesday


Wednesday, September 6

So it wasn't such a great summer for this wagering column.

But boy, it was a lot closer than the tally at the bottom.

Remember the Oceanside Stakes standout July 19? Get Funky did not win that race or the next. But just last Sunday, he won the Grade 2 Del Mar Derby at $15.20.

Remember the first-time starter Key Lime Pie on July 24? She started at 5.60-1 in race 1, broke slow, and missed by three-quarters. She was the first in a long line of near-misses.

Galloping Angel had a brutal trip finishing third in race 3 on July 27. She started at 7.50-1, and probably was best.

Archon Star never picked up his feet in race 6 on July 28, but two weeks later on Aug. 12 he missed by a nose at 14-1 in race 4.

There were two plays on July 29 - Unfurl the Flag in race 8, and Dilemma in race 9. Unfurl the Flag finished third, then won his next start in race 7 Aug. 23 at $13.80. Dilemma finished second, then came back on Sunday and won race 9 at $4.60.

Sip One for Mom was the play Aug. 3, and she paid $17.20 even after two favorites scratched. The win did not count for this column, because there was no contingency plan (lowering minimum odds) in the event of scratches.

The good news is that Sip One for Mom came back and won her next start Sept. 3 at $41. The $50 win bet was a thousand-dollar score, and the wagering highlight of summer.

There were lots of other horses that fired, but finished second.

Decisive Blow started at 5.50-1 in race 1 on Aug. 11. She was second-best. Slow N Easy finished second by a head at 7-2 in race 2 on Aug. 13. Fast Parade won the Green Flash Handicap at $12.20 on Aug. 17. Too bad the odds guideline was 6-1.

It was a profitable day Aug. 18, generated with odds-on Behaving Badly anchoring a daily double that paid $246 for $20.

More runner-up finishes: Flyer Mine at 7-1 on Aug. 25; Sunny Disposition at 14-1 on Aug. 26; and One Sock Wonder at 9-2 on Aug. 31.

The upset by Cindago on Sept. 2 was forecast. But the $10.80 payoff was wasted because the play was a $50 exacta to Brother Derek. He ran out. It was a dumb betting mistake.

So now it is closing day of the 2006 Del Mar meet, staring at a $500 deficit from a summer that was not quite as bad as the final tally.

And besides, there is one last chance to get out. So it is on to Wednesday.

The main focus this meet has been win bets on overlays. But sometimes, there just aren't any sensible single-horse wagers. That is why the final play of the meet will be a daily double on races 8 and 9.

Race 8

Perhaps 8-5 favorite Prime Ruler can overcome the inside post in the Grade 2 Del Mar Futurity, and win the seven-furlong race under a new rider (Alex Solis is hurt, and off). If he can overcome the challenges, he could be a superstar. Chances are, he is not.

Besides, there are two other sensible alternatives and one wacky longshot to include in the first half of the double.

Great Hunter, runner-up in successive graded stakes, has worked super with blinkers on. He is the most likely winner at 5-2. Horse Greeley scored an impressive maiden win last out, using all his speed from the rail. He is believed to be more effective with a pressing trip and is 7-2.

Finally, sharp Calbred maiden winner Lucky Thirteen is 15-1 in the program and likely to start at about that price. He has speed, he can finish, he has trained super since his last.

Those three horses (Great Hunter, Horse Greeley and Lucky Thirteen) will be first half of the double. And if Prime Ruler wins, the bet will lose.

Race 9

Victory Spy is sharp, and the speed of the field. Trainer John Sadler has been red hot, and jockey Victor Espinoza hotter yet. Victory Spy will get bet down from her 6-1 program odds.

Hello Lucky continues to thrive at Del Mar. Each race has been better than the one before, and she figures for a pressing trip in the clear. She is 6-1.

The bet: $15 daily double Great Hunter to Victory Spy and Hello Lucky; $10 double Horse Greeley to Victory Spy and Hello Lucky; $5 double Lucky Thirteen to Victory Spy and Hello Lucky.

That $60 play is $10 over budget. No problem.

Until next time, good luck.

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

Total wagers for meet: $1,820.
Total return for meet: $1,271
Total win/loss for meet: minus $549.