02/20/2009 1:00AM

BreezeFigs Quick-Pix, Saturday, February 21st


The Pix we gave out last week resulted in one of them (Convocation) finishing up an $87 exacta while the other, Stephen is Leaving, obviously had problems and was vanned off. Don't like to lose that way, but more importantly, we don t like to see it, and hope he s OK. Meanwhile, there were good BreezeFigs-qualified winners all over the place during a week of light cards, including two of the three maidens on Thursday s card at Santa Anita and a whopping $103 payoff to win when first-timer Proud Style ran off with the sixth at Tampa Bay on Tuesday. This week s card is a bit light but there are four nice maiden races where first-timers look interesting, including our Pick of the week, below so sign up for DRF-Plus and get the card on the front page of .

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. Go to the DRF PLUS box on the .

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: .

This race below is loaded with pricey horses, some of them first-timers, but two BreezeFigs horses should be considered. Good luck!

Gulfstream Park, , Maiden Special Weight, 5 Furlongs (Dirt)

This is weird—five furlong maiden special on the dirt for 3-year-olds in February—but we ll take it and look at the three BreezeFigs horses here, all of which have very decent shots of coming home on top. Storm'n Warrior, who s making his second start, might be one of the favorites based on his decent debut at the same distance on the turf. But, he had a one-over-Par Group 2 BreezeFigs profile at OBSAPR where he showed a foot-under-average SL (21.86 feet) on synthetic, which is not encouraging in a switch back from turf to dirt where SLs tend to be shorter. You might want to look more closely at two EASMAY first-timers who are working well and looked decent breezing on dirt at that sale. Foxy Andre chalked up a one-over-Par Group 2 BreezeFig at 1/8 of a mile, but his SL was 23.49 feet, about a quarter foot below average for that day. On the other hand, even though he was a Group 2 at the same distance, Clam Bake chalked up a higher BreezeFig (four over Par, it happens) and a much longer SL (24.98 feet), which was 1.2 feet above average and was accomplished on the same day as Foxy Andre's. These two look like gimmick moves at the very least, with Clam Bake probably stronger, and you might want to use a saver on Storm'n Warrior. Good luck!