08/09/2007 11:00PM

BreezeFigs Quick-Pix, Saturday, August 11th


We gave you a solid winner in firster Likity Lemon at Woodbine last week, and though our Pix at Del Mar ran out of the money (one was left at the gate), at least another “qualified” BreezeFigs horse won. Remember, “qualified” BreezeFigs horses are usually in the money—there were 20 of these winners on the BreezeFigs sheets between Friday, August 3rd and Thursday, August 9th, and several others that were not “qualified” that won anyway in weak fields.

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.

There are a ton of maiden races and stakes around the country for you to analyze Saturday—here are two with intriguing BreezeFigs plays.

Arlington Park, , Maiden Special, 6 Furlongs

This one has four BreezeFigs horses in it, including the obvious standout in Recapturetheglory, who had a solid 24.5 foot SL at the tony FTFFEB sale and a very high seven-over-Par Group 1 BreezeFig. But he had a desultory debut effort, and might be vulnerable. If the board says he is, American Hustler looks somewhat juicy—all things considered he was on the same level at OBSMAR as the top choice was at FTFFEB given his 24+ foot SL and solid BreezeFig. Boss Lafitte is interesting—he breezed twice at FTFFEB with two wildly different results—an even Par at 1/8 and a stinker seven-below-Par at ¼ mile. Watch the board on him as well as Palmerstown (a 95k RNA at KEEAPR), who may be running late.

Laurel Park, , Maiden Special, 6 Furlongs

The quintessential “nightmare handicapping race,” this one is filled with firsters, most of them well-bred. To complicate matters, four of the 10 are BreezeFigs horses and they are virtually even on their chances regardless of what you may think. Top rated is Take a Leap, who scored a solid three-over-Par BreezeFig at OBSMAR with a good SL; but that was at 3/8 mile, and we have noted that horses that do well at 3/8 at the sales are not necessarily best bets first time out. Look for others with this one, and they include X Rated Cat, whose lines should ring a few bells—some of them suspicious. He’s by Storm Cat out of the great sprinter Xtra Heat, and yet he only brought 125k at KEEAPR despite a solid BreezeFig and 24.13 foot SL. You can use him, but you should also then consider Along Came Reagan, who had the same SL and competitive BreezeFig at EASMAY. Brother Will also did OK at that sale though he threw in a stinker in his debut. This is a race that could be definitive on this circuit, but it’s likely to make you want to tear your hair out. Good luck!