08/17/2007 12:00AM

BreezeFigs Quick-Pix, Saturday, August 18th


There was a nice Trifecta play at Arlington in our Pix last week—two of our three horses filled it out and it paid $564. Of course, our “nightmare race” of the day at Laurel turned out to be just that, but such is the way of the world. However, if you look over the results of the BreezeFigs card that day, you will see that there were four winners (two at Saratoga, one each at Del Mar and Woodbine) and both Spa winners hooked up in an exacta with another BreezeFigs horse.

During the week there were 14 other BreezeFigs “qualified” winners across the country in maiden races (not including stakes) that were right on the cards, including a $623 (for $1) Superfecta at Del Mar on Sunday and both maiden winners at Louisana Downs on Thursday.

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.

This week there are 10 maiden races at nine tracks on the BreezeFigs card, and some juicy stakes as well. Here are two quickies that may pay off. Good luck!

Saratoga, , Maiden Special, 7 Furlongs

Only one BreezeFigs horse in this stretch-out event, but you won’t know it from the PP’s. That’s because Cool Coal Man, part of a Zito entry, was a very expensive buy-back (RNA) at $850,000 after racking up a Group 1, six-over-Par 71 BreezeFig at FTFFEB. This $260k yearling purchase did not show anything more than an average stride length in that breeze, but his sire is likely to be the type to get a horse that will plod along at the same even pace and wear the opposition down—like he did. Watch the board on this if he’s not scratched, and use him in the gimmicks.

Monmouth Park, , Maiden Special, 5 ½ Furlongs

Dagger went off at short odds in her debut and came close, so this Group 2 OBSMAR filly might be the only logical one to play on top. However, Ay Papi comes out of the same sale with a competitive Group 3 BreezeFig at 1/8 mile and is intriguing for upset or gimmick players. Both had above-average SLs in that sale, and Ay Papi is from the first crop of Sky Mesa, who may be OK. Wild card gimmick play here is My Heavenly Star, who had a horrifyingly bad BreezeFig at KEEAPR on Polytrack, but when put on dirt in her debut did not do that badly.