08/01/2008 12:00AM

BreezeFigs Quick-Pix, Saturday, August 2nd


It was almost a no-brainer, but at least BreezeFigs came through last week with a stone cold exacta at Saratoga for you—and, if you were playing the card that day, there were five other BreezeFigs-qualified maiden winners across the country at Arlington, Calder, Lone Star, Mountaineer, and River Downs. This week, we’re going to stay at Saratoga for another intriguing event but there are others there that will no doubt help you out—so sign up for DRF-Plus and get the card on the front page of .

Remember, there’s a new look to our sheets for the sales of 2008—we have added SURFACE as a new category to tell you whether the horse breezed on a dirt (D) or synthetic (S) track. There are four (S) sales this year—OBSFEB, OBSMAR, OBSAPR and KEEAPR; and three D sales—FTFFEB, BARMAR and EASMAY. Just to add some more insight to your handicapping.

Also, 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.

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. .

If you'd like to learn a little more about how we come up with BreezeFigs, take a look at our new website, .

There’s only one maiden race at The Spa today, and it’s almost inscrutable.

Saratoga, , Maiden Special Weight 6 ½ Furlongs (Dirt)

Two KEEAPR graduates and one FTFFEB RNA show up for this event, with one clear standout (Viscount) and a sneaky possibility (Tufao), and a fair gimmick bet (Keeping the Honor). Viscount turned in a solid three-over-Par Group 2 effort at ¼ mile, with a 25.76 foot SL—impressive even for Polytrack, where SL’s tend to be longer. Tufao was just one-under-Par at the same sale at the same distance and had a SL that was a full foot shorter. However, the difference between these two could be in their size—if Viscount is really big or Tufao considerably smaller than he is, they’re basically equal rivals. If they’re around the same size, Viscount is the bet. Keeping the Honor was a somewhat acceptable three-under-Par on a dirt track and had a bad break in a key race in his first start, but right now this 200K RNA looks like he might only be worth a suck-up gimmick play. Good luck!