08/30/2013 9:31AM

BreezeFigs Quick-Pix for Saturday, August 31 by Bob Fierro and Jay Kilgore

EmailBy Bob Fierro and Jay Kilgore

Our Pick last week was scratched, but the action was good for the 2-year-olds all week long. As for the 3-year-olds, well, this is the last weekend for 3-year-old BreezeFigs cards, with the last one to be posted on Labor Day.  As for those 2-year-olds, there were 11 BreezeFigs horses that broke their maidens last week, including even we admit was a tough one to come up with, Wild Zumba, a Group 4 who paid $101 at Delaware on Thursday, albeit in a bottom maiden claimer, so maybe it figured. The other 10 were at Arlington, Calder (2), Delaware, Del Mar (2) and Saratoga (4). Three of those maiden races produced BreezeFigs gimmicks:  an exacta and trifecta at Calder ($33 for the exacta, $188 for the tri); a $65 (for a buck) exacta at Del Mar; and a $135 exacta at Saratoga.  Thursday at the Spa, Bashert and River Dancer provided a $41 Group 2 exacta in the With Anticipation Stakes (the only BreezeFigs colts in the race), right there on the card.  Today’s cards have some real head scratchers—one on the 3-year-old card and about a half-dozen on the 2-year-old card.  We found one that might be a hidden opportunity, 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:
Monmouth Park, 9th Race, Maiden Special Weight, 5 ½ Furlongs (Dirt)
Three BreezeFigs fillies are in this one, and two are making their debuts.  The one we like, Kombat Cat, is part of an entry and may not get to the gate.  If she does, she takes with her an eight-over-Par Group 1 profile from OBSAPR where her 24.22 foot SL was 1.15 feet longer than average that day.  Still, she failed to sell (RNA), going home for 45k.  This filly breezed 10.0 flat and was slowing down pretty much at the end of her breeze but maybe that was because she was bothered by something physical, which could have affected the bidding but she’s been training steadily with two bullets and should be able to be in the hunt all the way.  Lady Liana came out of the same sale with an even-Par Group 2 profile and a 23.32 foot SL, which was .72 feet longer than average that day.  She is very large and may need to settle and then run them down, and at this distance looks like a gimmick play.  Bossy Belle came out of EASMAY with a three-under-Par Group 3 profile at three-eighths, and though her 22.57 foot SL was above average that day, she looks one-paced from her only start to date.  Watch the board on this one, folks. Good luck!