08/20/2009 11:00PM

BreezeFigs Quick-Pix, Saturday, August 22nd


When Bulldogger was scratched from last week s Quick-Pix race, we figured that Chief Counsel and Brother Bird were still good gimmick plays-and, actually, they completed the Trifecta but neither won in a hotly contested race at Saratoga. Still, there were six other BreezeFigs-qualified winners on last Saturday s card (and one that was totally unexpected at Woodbine)-including two at Calder (one of which was a cold $76 exacta), another exacta at Del Mar (measly nine bucks for a buck bet), and one each at Charles Town, Ellis Park and Monmouth. Later in the week another dozen BreezeFigs winners popped up across the country, including two stone cold exactas at Saratoga (the only BreezeFigs horses in the races, all qualifiers). This week s card is extremely interesting, with four each at Calder and Saratoga, plus others at Del Mar, Ellis Park, Golden Gate, Hoosier, Monmouth and Woodbine. We re going to stick with Saratoga, however, which you can read about 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 1/2 Furlongs (Dirt)

A quick word here about the second at The Spa: We were sorely tempted to figure out which of the two BreezeFigs-qualified horses looked best in this race, which goes off a couple of hours before the crucial Yankees-Red Sox game starts in Boston. But as Yankee fans, we simply refuse to get involved in a contest which features horses named Fenway Faithful and Never Give Up. Over to you.

In the eighth there are half dozen BreezeFigs runners, four of whom look qualified, three of which are making their debuts, two of which Double O Uno and Gathering Cloud look particularly intriguing. Both of these have Group 1 profiles with 25-foot-plus SLs achieved at OBS at a quarter mile on synthetic Double O Uno at OBSFEB where he was five-over-Par and Gathering Cloud at OBSMAR where he was three over Par. Double O Uno, however, was close to 26 feet in his SL and if he can settle in and move easily through this crowd, he should outkick Gathering Cloud. Likely to give them a tussle is Hammering Buckeye, who comes out of the EASMAY sale with a Group 1 profile on dirt but his work was at 1/8 mile and his SL was a below average 23+ feet, which could indicate he s quick and likely to get to the lead sooner than the other two. Of the others, Flexthegoldenpipes, a 95k RNA, has a good three-furlong profile from OBSMAR where his SL was almost 24 feet and he comes out of a key maiden race where he did OK, so the race-over-the-track angle has to be considered for this one. Ryvit, who has a three-under Par performance at EASMAY, comes off a turf route but hasn t got the numbers to shorten up here, and Quick Ride, a 140k RNA at FTFFEB, might be quick because he showed a very short 21.75 foot SL there, but he needs to lengthen that out to compete at this distance. Concentrate on Double O Uno and Gathering Cloud ad look to toss in Flexthegoldenpipes and you might do well. Good luck!