04/01/2010 11:00PM

BreezeFigs Quick-Pix, Saturday April 3rd


Thank you Gator Bay for breaking the schneid our Pick last week was a comfortable debut winner at Penn National and paid a fairly generous $6.60 for his efforts. There were a couple of other first time starters who won on the same card: Beautiful Helen at Tampa Bay ($15) and Hide the Silver at Sunland Park ($14.20). Though the latter was a Group 3 with only fair BreezeFigs numbers, the level of competition dictated that, like in the cases of both Gator Bay and Beautiful Helen, BreezeFigs has a place at smaller tracks. They also have a place in stakes competition because if you'd been archiving your files, you knew that Correct Call was a stick-out in her first Ohio-bred start, a stakes. Today's major Classics preps feature BreezeFigs horses in all the races, topped by last year's best at KEEAPR, Lookin at Lucky at Santa Anita and four in the Illinois Derby-Boulder Creek, Yawanna Twist, Steven's Got Hope and Dave in Dixie. There's even one in the Wood Memorial, though if Carnivore were to win, we'll eat our paper copy of the Form. For our purposes, below, we concentrate on a totally inscrutable maiden race with four BreezeFigs first timers. Good luck!

Before we get to the business of Pix, remember 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-PUS 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 toughie to warm up for during a long card good luck!

Santa Anita, 10th Race, Maiden Special Weight, 5 ½ Furlongs (Synthetic)

This is a definite "watch the board" event with four BreezeFigs horses, each with decent profiles, each from a different sale, all in good hands, two of which were high-priced RNAs. Honey Bunch, a six-over-Par Group 1 RNA at 170k at BARMAR had a 25.55 foot SL there, about a foot longer than average even for a sale where long stride lengths on the dirt track are common. However, Pincelada put up a solid seven-over-Par, Group 2 effort at OBSMAR where her almost identical SL on synthetic was nearly two feet longer than average and her sire is on fire with his first crop sprinting to debut wins. Weekend Magic comes out of the less pricy OBSAPR sale with a very good four-over-Par Group 2 profile that featured a nearly 25-foot SL, also on synthetic and at a quarter mile, so she has a definite shot in here. Empress Way, who was a 275k RNA at the very tony FTFFEB extravaganza is in very clever hands and her one-under-Par Group 3 profile on dirt featured a much shorter 23.15 foot SL but that was still a half foot longer than average for the day on a track which does not produce long stride lengths. Five and a half furlongs is a mad dash and the ones who stay out of trouble and can unleash long striding finishes have the best shot we'll go with Pincelada and Honey Bunch as keys here, but don't ignore the other two as savers. Good luck!