12/28/2007 12:00AM

BreezeFigs Quick-Pix, Saturday, December 29th

EmailWell, rodeo rides can toss your hopes, and we succumbed to two of them last week in one race—sorry ‘bout that, not our fault, but maybe we can make it up this week. It’s been a good week for BreezeFigs horses, including a sweep of the 2-year-old maiden races at Santa Anita on opening day and a stone cold Group 1/Group 2 tri at Aqueduct on the 27th that paid over $2,000—all first-time starters.

With the turn of the year coming up, you might want to 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 .

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.

All that said, here’s our focus race of the week on a BreezeFigs card loaded with opportunities. May you usher in the New Year happily, healthily and profitably!

Calder Race Course, , Maiden Special Weight, 7 Furlongs

Two intriguing first-timers go up against two with a race under their belts in this wide open race featuring well-bred colts. Dunkinfield chalked up a respectable three-over-Par Group 1 BreezeFig at KEEAPR with a nearly foot-over-average SL on Polytrack, so he might be fairly at home on the deep Calder surface. Sonic Speed did even better at OBSAPR with a seven-over-Par Group 1 performance and a superior 24-ft SL, more than a foot longer than average; he hit the gate in his debut back in October and merits serious consideration here. Key these two. First-timer Dream Maestro also comes out of OBSAPR with a four-over-Par Group 2 BreezeFig and a nearly two-foot above average SL. But this breeze was at three eighths, and these performances often mean the horse really has no early speed and needs a fast pace in front so he can mow them down in the stretch—consider this probable two-turn horse as a gimmick play. Confirmondi ran to his sub-par EASMAY BreezeFig performance in his first start and would be a distinct surprise if he won, might be worth a suck-up gimmick play.