08/08/2008 12:00AM

BreezeFigs Quick-Pix, Saturday, August 9th


Both our top Pix last week at Saratoga were basically left at the gate, but Viscount really showed promise by closing like a shot in the stretch—tab him back. All in all, it was another good week for BreezeFigs, with five winners on that card and another six during the week, and with the 2-year-old season in full swing, we’re going with both Del Mar and Saratoga this week. So sign up for DRF-Plus and get the card on the front page of www.drf.com.

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, .

Here’s our attempt at bi-coastal prognostication. Good luck!

Saratoga, , Maiden Special Weight 6 Furlongs (Dirt)

Two OBSMAR big-ticket graduates and one OBSAPR bargain basement baby are in this event with no clear standout. Proud Ruler earned a four-over-Par Group 1 BreezeFig at two furlongs and In Speight of It had a three-over-Par Group 2 fig at one furlong at OBSMAR and their SL’s were basically even given the distances. In Speight of It had a possible throw-out first start in the slop where he broke slowly, and Proud Ruler is by a hot debut winner sire, so they are probably even up here. Solidify earned a two-over-Par Group 2 at two furlongs OBSAPR on a very slow day and he sold for only $13,500—but he had a 24.63 SL, more than 1.5 feet longer than average that day and might be a suck-up gimmick play.

Del Mar, , Maiden Special Weight, 6½ Furlongs (Synthetic)

This could be a very serious key race with three hot BreezeFigs firsters and one other who looked really good in his debut. First things first: There is a mistake on the BreezeFigs card for Prime Lender—he did not breeze on the turf as noted in the SUR and STATUS columns at FTFFEB. He breezed on the dirt and had the highest BreezeFig of the sale at one furlong (nine-over-Par) and a huge SL (25.27), so he will be played heavily to begin with (he went for 525k). On the other hand, Tiger Blitz posted an eight-over-Par fig at OBSMAR with a 25.46 SL (on synthetic where SL’s can be a bit longer), and he was a 47k RNA. Poker Dave chalked up a four-over-Par performance at OBSAPR with a 24.43 SL, and only sold for 40k. Big Revolution trumped his Group 2 performance at BARMAR where he had a 25.15 SL but sold for only 50k with a super debut on this track and is dangerous. Speight the Halo, who went for 400k at BARMAR with a two-under-Par, below average SL of 22.81, has been inscrutable in two starts, and looks to be a strict gimmick suck-up. This is an apples-and-oranges race where you have four really solid contenders—watch the board.