08/14/2008 11:00PM

BreezeFigs Quick-Pix, Saturday, Aug. 16


Not much you can do when your top Pix in a baby race break slowly, which was the case last week in our Saratoga and Del Mar selections. But gluttons as we are, we are going to go into our "Groundhog Day mode" today with selections at the same two tracks. We do this based on what we perceive will be good value, and bolstered by a week with nearly a dozen more BreezeFigs winners, including six on Thursday out of 10 races on the BreezeFigs card - at Arlington, Calder, Del Mar, Laurel, Monmouth, and Penn National at levels ranging from MSW down to MC16. Saturday's card is loaded with maiden and stakes races, so sign up for DRF Plus and get the card on the front page of .

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 DRF 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 is just as viable as using them for 2-year-old maiden races. Go to the DRF Plus box on the home page, click on BreezeFigs Information, and then download "2006 Sales Study," or just click .

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 our Groundhog Day menu. Good luck!

Saratoga, , Maiden Special Weight 5 1/2 Furlongs (Dirt)

This is a race loaded with high-ticket yearlings and big-pedigree homebreds, but do not overlook the filly on the rail, Yougonaluvme, who may not have the top-flight pedigree connections but managed to scorch the track at OBSMAR. This filly went 10.1 for a furlong and posted one of the top five BreezeFigs in the sale, an eight-over-Par number with a 25-foot-plus SL, well over the average for the day. She is definitely a gimmick play and also worth a serious straight bet if the board says "ready." Another firster, Obsequious, posted a lower BreezeFig at EASMAY for the same distance, but still had a serious SL of 24-plus feet, and that was on dirt. Give her a gimmick look as well as Northern Harbor, who ran a clunker in her debut but despite a short SL did okay at the pricey FTFFEB sale where she went for $200k, more than twice as much money as the other two Pix.

Del Mar, , Maiden Special Weight, 5 1/2 Furlongs (Synthetic)

This is a weaker race on pedigree and sales results than the one at Saratoga, so the three BreezeFigs firsters here might have a better shot of cleaning up. Casino Gold was a $220k RNA at EASMAY where she had a very good five-over-Par Group 1 profile at a quarter-mile, including an SL that was 1 1/2 feet above average. Telling Stories comes out of BARMAR with an unusual profile - a three-furlong profile at a sale where they rarely go that far. She did it in a nice, steady manner, and could wear them down in the end. Of course, you simply have to consider Whatsnewpussykat, who did well at OBSAPR with a Group 2 performance at a quarter-mile that was four-over-Par and more than a foot longer than average in SL. That she is owned by the man who wrote the song for which she is named is not only a tribute to him for sneaking it through the name arbiters, but also a signal that maybe they like her. Worth a nickel or two.