04/16/2009 11:00PM

BreezeFigs Quick-Pix, Saturday, April 18th


We are in somewhat of a lull as far as 2-year-olds are concerned-not many of the BreezeFigs graduates of this year's earlier sales have shown up at the entry box as yet, but there's likely to be an explosion coming soon, and there are plenty of opportunities on the 3-year-old card. Last week's Pick was a stinker-she never got out of a gallop-but we are nothing if not resilient, so we will give you two shots this week below.

Before we get to the business of Pix, we remember we've changed our format for the 2-year-old sheet. There are two BreezeFigs sheets for each date, one for the 3-year-olds from the 2008 sales (to be posted through June 30th), and one for the 2-year-olds from the 2009 sales. 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.

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: .

Now to business. In honor of the OBSAPR sale, which is underway as we speak, we have an opportunity to compare some notes from the 2008 sale-one gelding and one filly, in two countries, both graduates of that sale, with similar BreezeFigs profiles at the same distance. Pure serendipity! Good luck!

Woodbine, , Maiden Special Weight, 6 1/2 Furlongs (Synthetic)

A Tad Devine racked up a fairly decent three-over-Par Group 2 profile at 1/8 mile at last year's OBSAPR sale with a slightly under average 22.88 foot SL on the Ocala synthetic track. The only BreezeFigs horse in the field, this first-time starter has been working steadily over the local synthetic surface and deserves a look at a price, and in the right gimmick play. Over to you.

Tampa Bay Downs, , Maiden Special Weight, 5 Furlongs (Dirt)

We have been burned before when we went to first-time starters in five furlong dirt maidens for 3-year-olds, but Tampa Bay runs them often enough so that we are not that gun shy. Pearl Esque is the lone BreezeFigs horse here, and she did alright at last year's OBSAPR sale when she chalked up a four-over-Par Group 2 profile with a 23.68 foot SL that was 1.5 feet above average for fillies that day. That's a pretty big advantage, but it's not a major sale. But she was a 30k RNA at that sale (which is a bit of an "ouch" factor when you consider she sold for 72k as a yearling). But even though she's on the rail, she might get into the gimmick if she can be positioned well early.