04/05/2006 11:00PM

BreezeFigs Quick-Pix, Fri., April 7


Two-year-old racing has already begun and we're including these horses in a brand new format with two major enhancements-- --which are explained in a separate document.

Keeneland opens Friday, and we have a 2-year-old race that kicks off the card (under "2006 Breeze Sales" on the bottom half of the BreezeFigs Report), and another race for maiden 3-year-olds (under "2005 Breeze Sales" on the top half of the report) that also looks tempting, to wit:

Keeneland, , Maiden Special, 4 1/2 Furlongs

Two of these first-time babies came out of the first two sales of the year at Calder in February--this means they've been in serious training longer than most of the others in this race. You know they have been breezing since then, or even before then, while only one of the others in the race breezed in February. Both had BreezeFigs that are relatively even compared to the Par at each sale. Bella Shambrock was three over Par at 1/8th of a mile at OBSFEB, and had a somewhat below-average 22.60 stride-length. Not bad, but also not too relevant at 4 1/2 furlongs. All things considered, One Good Yank had just as good a BreezeFig a couple of weeks later at FTFFEB--he was four over Par, but went 1/4 mile, and that's pretty good. His stride length was longer, which it normally would be at 1/4 mile, but he, too, was under average for the sale. However, both were Group 2 at very good sales, look to be ready for very good respective connections, and merit strong consideration.

Keeneland, , Maiden Special, 1 1/8 miles

Only one horse has run this distance before--Coach Kent--and he should be the favorite. However, Kalium earned two nice BreezeFigs last year at a key sale (BARMAR) where he was consistent: Group 2 for both BreezeFigs, three over Par at 1/8 and four over Par at 1/4 mile. He might be coming to hand after a tune-up at Santa Anita. Dubai Gold had trouble in his comeback at Gulfstream but showed decent form in his breeze at OBSAPR with an even-Par Group 2 performance at 1/4 mile. Look for these two if you want to complete your exotics.