08/13/2009 11:00PM

BreezeFigs Quick-Pix, Saturday, August 15th


Last week's column fell out somewhere on the Taconic Parkway while we were on our way to Saratoga-actually, we never wrote it because we were in transit at deadline time. But our arrival at The Spa practically coincided with a $22 payoff by Encore Saritta in the seventh on Friday the Seventh-she was right there on your sheet at 10 over Par-and the suck-up second, Vaporize, was an eminently playable gimmick horse who completed a $396 exacta. With no baby races on the card on Saturday, we were in hog heaven on Sunday when eight BreezeFigs maidens went to the post in the seventh race, and the three with the greatest above-average stride lengths (Aikenite, Gun Rock and Rein King) came in for a $46 exacta and $219 trifecta. On Monday, Proud Zoe ($4.70) and Afleet Maggi were the bread in the sandwich for a $169 trifecta, which topped off a great weekend. In total, there were a dozen BreezeFigs maiden winners around the country during the past week, with four exactas and a trifecta included in the package. Let's see what this weekend will bring with our Pick 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.

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 we go-back to the Spa for one more try.

Saratoga, , Maiden Special Weight, 6 Furlongs (Dirt)

This race is notable for the debut of 2009 Kentucky Derby winner Mine That Bird's half-brother, Brother Bird, who was a pricey purchase at OBSMAR where he posted a five under Par, Group 4 profile at 1/8 mile with a 22.89 foot SL that was a foot below average for colts that day. Well, the price may have caused us to scratch our heads, but we have seen this kind of result before, and if you look at the other two BreezeFigs horses in this race-Bulldogger and Chief Counsel-you are likely to come up with a better betting proposition. Bulldogger had a very solid Group 1, three-over-Par profile at KEEAPR where he posted a 24.75 SL, almost a foot longer than average for 1/8 mile breezes by colts that day. Chief Counsel, on the other hand, went a quarter mile at OBSMAR and posted a five-over-Par Group 2 profile with a 25.71 foot SL, more than a foot and a half longer than average that day. We think you could do worse than concentrating on those two as your keys, and throwing in Brother Bird, who is from a clever outfit, as a gimmick play. Good luck!