02/25/2007 12:00AM

BreezeFigs Quick-Pix, Saturday, Feb. 24th


This is the time of year that 3-year-old maiden races can present great opportunities to those who use BreezeFigs as a guide to potential form. It's especially smart to look in the recent morning works of lightly raced horses--a good example was the 5th at Gulfstream on February 22nd. In this maiden race on the turf, Classic Neel, who was a Group 2 horse at FTFFEB last year (the best sale for quality), had thrown in two modest dirt sprints, but was shown to be breezing well on the turf recently. The result was a $122 payoff. Not that we would say this happens all the time, but it's another angle to look at, one that hopefully will serve us well in this week's Pix.

Aqueduct, , Maiden Special, 6 Furlongs

There are five BreezeFigs horses in this eight-horse field , possibly topped by firster Boxer Rebellion, who comes from a barn that has had good success with BreezeFigs horses, and who had a bullet work three back. This points to the OBSFEB Group 1 horse (who showed a 25 foot stride length at the sale at 1/8 mile) as a good exacta bet with Last Train Babe, who had a 26.25 foot stride at the same sale (at 1/4 mile) but has the benefit of one start under his belt. Both Blue Dragon and Prince Atlantis come out of the weaker OBSAPR sale as Group 2 horses, but with considerably shorter stride lengths. They, along with Forte E Potenti, an EASMAY graduate with marginal figs, should be looked at in the paddock as backups for your larger exotics