07/02/2008 11:00PM

BreezeFigs Quick-Pix, Friday, July 4th


Because of holiday schedules, we’re bringing you Quick-Pix a day early this week, the first full weekend that the BreezeFigs card features 2-year-old races only. Last week’s Pix were a bit off the mark, but there were good results elsewhere that day and the four that followed. As has been the case over the past three years, BreezeFigs-qualified runners are racking up excellent early results in 2-year-old maiden races—between Saturday, June 28 and Wednesday, July 2, six broke their maidens, five in their debuts (at Calder, Churchill, Mountaineer, Hollywood) and early winners swept the board in the Landaluce Stakes at Hollywood (all right there on the BreezeFigs cards).

Remember, there’s a new look to our sheets for the sales of 2008—we have added SURFACE as a new category to tell you whether the horse breezed on a dirt (D) or synthetic (S) track. There are four (S) sales this year—OBSFEB, OBSMAR, OBSAPR and KEEAPR; and three D sales—FTFFEB, BARMAR and EASMAY. Just to add some more insight to your handicapping.

Also, our rules still hold about BreezeFigs “qualified” runners: You can get a good idea of what “qualified” BreezeFigs horses are by clicking on BreezeFigs Information underneath the two BreezeFigs links in the DRF-PLUS box in the right hand column on the home page and downloading files there. Remember, keep stride length (SL) in mind when handicapping from the BreezeFigs sheet and take advantage of all the tips that we provide on those sheets as well.

Also, refer to a study we did which shows that using BreezeFigs for 3-year-old maiden races in just as viable as using them for 2-year-old maiden races. .

If you'd like to learn a little more about how we come up with BreezeFigs, take a look at our new website, .

There’s not much to choose on the Fourth of July, but Saturday and Sunday should have more races. Here’s the one we like Friday. Good luck!

Belmont Park, , Maiden Special Weight (NY-Breds) 5 Furlongs (Dirt)

This race will feature a couple of fillies that ran well in their debuts and two first-time BreezeFigs fillies who have a chance of filling out the exacta—one of which, Heavenly Pursuit, who could sneak away with it all. This filly’s BreezeFigs profile is bizarre—she breezed twice in early March at OBSMAR on synthetic, one of which was an excellent two-over-Par Group 2 effort at 1/8 mile (well above average SL), the other a stinker the next week at two furlongs. She was a 27k RNA at that sale so she probably had a physical problem as a result of the second breeze. She was wheeled back at EASMAY on the dirt and went a quarter mile again and showed a modest Group 3 profile (slightly above average SL), but still sold for 67k. She’s in clever hands and could make some noise if she has a clean trip. She’s Prime, an OBSAPR graduate, did not show much speed at that sale, but she did have a solid above average SL in her Group 3 performance. She might be able to get up to complete the gimmick in a race that looks like it might be weak all around.