12/28/2007 12:00AM

BreezeFigs Quick-Pix, Saturday, December 22nd

EmailWell, "no harm, no foul", as they say—our lone pick last week was scratched and we were left content with the fact that six other maiden winners and one stakes winner were on the BreezeFigs card that day, including both races at Aqueduct and two out of the three at Calder. This week’s card has more than a dozen maiden races country with 13 first-timers scattered among them, so opportunities abound.

Remember, 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.

Our shot this week is in the most inscrutable race on the card. Good luck, and Merry Merry!

Hollywood Park, , Maiden Special, 6 /12 Furlongs (Synthetic)

This race has four BreezeFigs horses, three of which are firsters, and all of them with a shot. The horse that has started, Processor’s Turf, comes out of a key maiden at Del Mar, has switched to Todd Pletcher’s barn, and is logical to consider, but not too strongly. He was a $425k FTFFEB Group 1 horse with a solid five-over-Par BreezeFig—but he had a quarter-foot below-average 23.65 foot SL, which raises a question or two. Contrast that with firster Master Daniel, who comes out of the same sale at 210k with a four-over-Par Group 1 rating and a 23.98 SL that was slightly above the average, and you have two horses who are pretty much the same on BreezeFigs. Then there’s firster Bandeira Union who was a 95k RNA at OBSMAR where he had a slightly below-Par BreezeFig but a SL that was more than a half-foot longer than average for that day—horses like this have to be considered. But the one who pops out here is Screen to Screen, who is listed as sold at BARMAY for 300k—a sale we did not cover. However, we did cover OBSAPR the previous month where he was listed as "sold" for 150k following a sterling Group 1 nine-over-Par breeze that included a stunning 25.53 SL—more than 2 ½ feet (yes, feet) longer than average that day. Look at his connections, bet with both hands, and include the others in the gimmicks and you may be able to buy yourself a nice Christmas present. Noel.