08/23/2013 9:33AM

BreezeFigs Quick-Pix for Saturday, August 24

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Despite our miscue in our Pick last week, it was exacta week for 2-year-olds on the BreezeFigs cards.  There were ten 2-year-old maiden winners there, and four of them resulted in BreezeFigs exactas including two out of the three baby races at Saratoga on Thursday (a BreezeFigs horse filled out the exacta in the other one).  The other exactas came at Gulfstream and Woodbine, and they were supplemented by winners at Delaware (three), Mountaineer, Presque Isle and another solo at Saratoga.  But the capper was right there on the Sunday card at, of all places, Arapahoe in Colorado where Cloud Harbor paid $43.80 in winning the Gold Rush Futurity over Ima Happy Strike, resulting in a BreezeFigs exacta of $580.  We may get some of that action on today’s card, especially since it’s Babies Are Us Day at Calder, but we found a sneaky opportunity cross country which you might want to look at, see below. Good luck!
 
Remember to pay attention to two changes we’ve made over the past several years.  First, there have been changes in the CLASS EDGE category (at the bottom of the BreezeFigs card) because one sale was eliminated (OBSFEB) and FTFFEB is now in March (FTFMAR), and that moved OBSMAR into a higher class.  Also, in the SALE & HIP column: the “HIP” refers 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: http://www1.drf.com/BreezeFigs/Video_Links_BreezeFigs_for_2009_Sales.pdf. 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 www.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 http://www1.drf.com/BreezeFigs/BreezeFigs_&_Stride_Length_Study_Part_I.pdf 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 BreezeFigsInformation, and then download “2006 Sales Study,” or just click right here: http://www1.drf.com/breezefigs/breezefigs_010507.doc.

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: www.biodatatrack.com.

Here’s Saturday’s Pick:
Golden Gate, 6th Race, Maiden Special Weight, 5 ½ Furlongs (Synthetic)

Two BreezeFigs fillies are in this dash, both starting from outside stalls, neither well-liked in the morning line but both reasonable first-time BreezeFigs chances.  The deliciously named Poker At Seal Rock gets the nod here based on her decent five-over-Par Group 1 rating at OBSAPR where her 23.98 foot SL was 1.38 feet longer than the average filly SL that day at a furlong.  Earlier in the month, Katy’s Cookin turned in a respectable one-under-Par Group 4 profile at the tonier OBSMAR sale, where her 23.48 foot SL on the same track was just about average for fillies at a furlong that day.  She was brought home (RNA) that day for 70k, which is not reflected in the PP’s.  This may not be a BreezeFigs exacta, but either one of them could fill the bill at the top or in the gimmicks—and it might not hurt to box the two of them. Good luck!