Updated on 09/18/2011 12:35AM

Free's Del Mar plays for Wednesday, July 26


Can it be called a successful opening week at Del Mar even without cashing a ticket? Yes, absolutely it can.

A recap of the Week 1 wagers:

July 19: Get Funky missed in a three-way photo in race 6; longshot Pearls O'Plenty ran poorly in race 7.

July 20: All three plays ran poorly; a bad day.

July 21: Sunshine Ridge finished second at 6-1 in race 5; longshot Smart n'Quiet finished fourth at 23-1 in race 7.

July 22: Boy Toy ran poorly in race 1; Adance romped in race 7, but even-money was too short and she was "no play."

July 23: James the Third ran poorly in race 2; Derby Diablo finished second at 14-1 in race 4.

July 24: Key Lime Pie finished second at odds of 5-1 in race 1; Imposer romped in race 5, but 7-5 was too short and he was "no play."

The week-1 tally includes 11 wagers - three finished second, one that ran third. Two others - both winners - do not count because they fell short of the minimum odds requirement.

Yep, it was a good week. When your horses are firing at overlay prices, you cannot complain. Especially when you have a fresh $50 to play with every day.

On to Week 2 at Del Mar.

It would be really cool to lock in the 4-1 morning-line odds on Mr Splash in race 3, and the 9-2 early price on River Echo in race 7.

But it probably will not happen. Their attributes are obvious; they will get bet down.

Race 3

Mr Splash is the lone speed in this a mile and three-eighths turf marathon that is right up his alley. He gets brave when he gets loose, and he is worth a bet at 5-2.

The bet: $25 win Mr Splash (minimum odds 5-2).

Race 7

River Echo ran super with a wide trip in his debut against open company, and the 2-year-old California-bred maiden is qualified to win this minor stakes second time out. He can be played at 5-2.

The bet: $25 win River Echo (minimum odds 5-2).

That's it for Wednesday, here's hoping for bigger prices on Thursday.

Total wagers previous day: $25.
Total return previous day: $0.
Total win/loss previous day: minus $25.

Total wagers for meet: $250.
Total return for meet: $0.
Total win/loss for meet: minus $250.