08/16/2006 11:00PM

Saratoga internet plays for Friday

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We bet three races on Thursday, and after the dust had settled we were down a grand total of 50 cents.

We hit a $10 win bet on Nerinx ($5.40) in race 3, but we lost our exactas when Symmetron and Indian War Dance softened each other up in a speed duel. We netted a $7 profit on the race.

In race 4, Elusive Fox was 2-1 as the field of 2-year-olds loaded into the gate, but after Huge City ran off and was scratched that meant his entrymate, Hercules, was running for purse money only. As a result, Elusive Fox' win price was whittled down to $4.50 after he romped by six lengths. Our $10 win bet returned $22.50, for a $12.50 profit.

With a $19.50 profit going into race 7, Penny Dream got a ground-saving trip and had every chance to catch the leaders after coming to the outside in the stretch, but flattened out late and wound up fourth, beaten about a length or so for all the money at 7-2. Our $20 win bet down the tubes, erasing our profits for the day.

Two bets on Friday:

RACE 1

This is a claiming race for non-winners the past six months, and the main reason Breezy Way is eligible is because he won three straight races at the turn of the year and was then laid off until July, when he limbered up in a pair of sprints. Breezy Way's July 29 trouble line in the past performances says merely "Steadied stretch," but he was also shuffled back and steadied on the backstretch and five wide leaving the turn before altering course and rallying belatedly. The difficulty of that trip was compounded by a sloppy track that was exceptionally favorable to early speed. He stretches back out to two turns, and figures to be much closer to the early leaders.

The bet: $24 to win on Breezy Way; also a $6 exacta saver underneath Valiant King

RACE 5

Barclay Tagg means business when he uses Cornelio Velasquez. That combo has won at 52% since the start of 2005, and Polished Arrow is getting a switch to Cornelio V. as he drops from first-level allowance company into a restricted claimer. Polished Arrow's comment line from his only prior turf sprint July 16 says "Inside, no impact," but a closer look reveals he actually gained ground through a fast fifth furlong to be less than two lengths from the leader at the stretch call. That's enough impact for me, considering the big drop in class Friday.

The bet: $20 to win on Polished Arrow

Total wagers previous day: $50
Total return previous day: $49.50
Total win/loss previous day: minus 50 cents

Total wagers for meet: $922
Total return for meet: $682.50
Total win/loss for meet: minus $239.50