08/20/2010 9:48AM

BreezeFigs Quick-Pix, Saturday August 21st


Even though our top choice didn't hit the money, our second choice last week, More Than Real, paid a surprisingly generous $9.90 in his impressive win, with another BreezeFigs horse, War Clan, completing a $681 trifecta. It was a super week for BreezeFigs players, with 18 maiden winners between the time we filed our column (Friday morning) and Thursday's results, including another (very obvious) winner on that Saratoga card, and cold BreezeFigs exactas at Del Mar and Saratoga over the weekend. Virtually every one of them were playable off their BreezeFigs profiles given the conditions of the races-that's an important consideration because some of them were Group 3 or Group 4 horses, but they were competing at lower levels or at smaller tracks where there are many bargains to be found on the BreezeFigs cards. One popped over in a 62.5k maiden claimer at Del Mar on Wednesday (Winning Desire, $13); one at Woodbine on Thursday afternoon in a 20k maiden claimer (Ashley's Gamble, $24.50); and another at Penn National the same night in a straight maiden (Spring Jump, $18.80). On the whole, though, it was Group 1 and Group 2 horses who put up some nice payoffs at Delaware (Irish Lion, $35), Finger Lakes (Around the Flag, $34.50), Saratoga (Maria's Luck, $16.60), Hoosier (Pulgarcito, $12.80), Calder (Aldomear, $16.80), along with a host of well-bet choices. Today's card is very contentious with two outstanding opportunities at the headline tracks (below). Good luck!

Before we get to the business of Pix, remember the 2010 sales sheets have 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 new 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. Remember, no other handicapping service can give you the advantages you need from 2-year-old sales, So sign up for DRF-Plus on the front page of www.drf.com 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 drf.com 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 2006-07-08-09 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 www.drf.com home page, click on BreezeFigs™ Information, and then download "2006 Sales Study," or just click right here.

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: biodatatrack.com.

Here's our picks for Saturday at Saratoga and Del Mar. Good luck!

Saratoga, 8th Race, Maiden Special Weight, 1 1/16 Miles (Turf)

Another turf maiden around two turns with a sly fox slipping in a potential star, and two others with experience likely to make an issue. Barclay Tagg sends out Bluegrass Jet, whose 10-over-Par, Group 1 profile was the best among colts at 1/8 of a mile at OBSMAR this year. That performance on synthetic included a 1.20 foot longer-than-average SL of 24.72 feet, and he is totally ignored in the morning line and other places-he should be your key here. Of course, the favorite is likely to be Mr. Tribute, and he is worthy off his record so far, including two bang-up performances on turf . He comes out of the same sale as Bluegrass Jet, where he posted a three-over-Par performance at a quarter mile, with a 24.48 foot SL. These two are virtually even in potential. Liondrive, who came out of OBSAPR with a five-over-Par Group 2 profile at three furlongs, stunk out the joint in his sprint debut on the turf. His 24.66 foot SL was 1.21 feet longer than average at that distance, and he is really bred for two turns on the weeds. He is strictly a suck-up gimmick play with the other two in here.

Del Mar, 6th Race, Maiden Special Weight, 6 Furlongs (Synthetic)

Two first-timers in here have a shot at some part of this with the definite go-to being Indian Winter, who comes out of the OBSMAR sale with a Group 1, three-over-Par profile that featured at 24.26 foot SL, two-thirds of a foot longer than average for that day at 1/8 mile. He is by the right sire for this circuit, and should be right in there all the way. Your gimmick suck-up could be Special Kid, who threw in an OK but not spectacular, even-Par Group 2 performance at KEEAPR, where his SL was on the short side (22.15 feet, half-foot shorter than average). He was a 55k RNA and has a two-turn pedigree, so he might be in here for a prep, but he could fill out a gimmick. Good luck!