04/13/2006 11:00PM

BreezeFigs Quick-Pix, Saturday, April 15th


Last week we kicked off the new 2-year-old season with a new format for the sales of 2006 and an immediate winner--One Good Yank rolled to an easy win in the first at Keeneland at Friday, and paid $12.20. There were two other "baby" races during the week, and in one of them BreezeFigs-qualified horses finished 1-2, the first at Santa Anita on Wednesday when Lovely Lagoon ($4.40) beat Genuine Speed to the wire.

Remember, the brand new format (for 2-year-old races only) has two major enhancements-- --which are explained in a separate document (click here).

There aren't any 2-year-old races on Saturday's menu, but there are two that involve horses by the same sire that we think should be closely analyzed.

Keeneland, , Maiden Special, 7 Furlongs

The favorite here is likely to be High Finance, who was a Group 3, three under Par horse at FTFFEB, a high class sale where horses like this often do well on the track--he was scratched after breezing and has shown promise against good horses, so he is logical. However, there are two others to play with him--Kingship had the same BreezeFig number at a weaker sale (OBSAPR) and the same Beyer number (75) in his first start as did High Finance in his last start. But the one we really like to upset or figure is General Tanguy, who posted a good four over Par BreezeFig at a weak sale (OBSJUN) but is by a very fast rising sire in Concerto, whose connections are the same as this colt and Concerto's best runner to date, Bellamy Road, who was a BreezeFigs pick in 2004.

Santa Anita, , Maiden Special, 5 1/2 Furlongs

You can get some line on this race from Royal Treasury, who has made one decent start after coming out of the OBSAPR sale with a Group 2, even Par performance. Wally World, who was two over Par at the same distance and the same sale (and sold for around the same price), makes his first start and has to be rated at least even with him. But the one to play is Tontine Too, who came out of the slightly classier OBSMAR sale with a four over Par BreezeFig, and a $200,000 price tag. This son of Concerto is the strongest first-timer on paper and looks like one you can use with any other horse in the race.