04/08/2010 11:00PM

BreezeFigs Quick-Pix, Saturday April 10


We screwed up a bit last week by identifying all the BreezeFigs horses in our Pick at Santa Anita as first-time starters when it turned out the winner, and our top Pick, Pincelada (who paid $4) was actually making her second start. The PP line in the Form had a trainer change that sort of made us miss the first start line underneath that, but she won, though our gimmick went out the window when the rest finished 4-5-6. There were five other reasonably bettable maiden winners on the card as well, and the rest of the week was also solid. Two-year-old racing is under way, and we apologize for a glitch in the system which did not bring up the 2010 sales documents-there was a winner on Thursday at Keeneland that you would have had if the card was posted (Firepole). We hope to get this straightened out right away, but meanwhile, look at our Pick for this week below for the 3-year-olds (remember, we will post both 2009 and 2010 sales through June 30th and then leave the 2009 sales behind at that time). Good luck!

Before we get to the business of Pix, the 2009 sales sheet has a major addition in the SALE column: It's now labeled SALE & HIP, the "HIP" referring to the catalogue number for that horse in that sale. This reference will enable you to go to the website of the sales company involved and easily find the short video of the horse's breeze at that sale.

The web links for each sale are listed in the NOTES section of the 2009 BreezeFigs Report and you will find all the information as to why we have done this and how you can benefit from this addition to the service by downloading the document which explains it all here: and get the BreezeFigs cards.

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.

If you click here you will get a document which details our latest study. The conclusion for those who like to know the bottom line fast is this: When it comes to 2-year-old racing only, horses that earned Group 1 or Group 2 BreezeFigs and had longer-than-average stride lengths at the five major 2-year-old sales of 2006-07-08, won more races, won earlier, and earned more black-type, than horses with shorter-than-average stride lengths, regardless of BreezeFigs Group. There's a lot more to it than that, and a review of this document, which is the first in a series, will strengthen your hand at the windows, or, if you are a buyer, at the sales or claim box. So, download it and absorb.

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. Go to the DRF PLUS box on the .

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

Here's a loner that might actually deliver good luck!

Laurel Park, , Maiden Special Weight, 6 Furlongs (Dirt)

Here's a late bloomer that went through two sales last year with opposite results: Song Warrior earned an even-Par Group 2 BreezeFigs profile at FTFFEB with a slightly below average 22.87 stride length but was scratched from the sale (SCR) after he breezed-obviously had a little ouch. He was wheeled back three months later at EASMAY where he went four-over-Par in a Group 2 effort, and increased his stride length by almost two feet at the same distance (an eighth), and it was 1.75 feet longer than average that day. He's fast and he needs to conserve some energy, but he should be able to top this bunch if he's in shape. Good luck!