02/22/2008 1:00AM

BreezeFigs Quick-Pix, Saturday, February 23rd


We almost got all the way back on track last week with our two gimmick-play Pix, Amazing and Perla Storm filling out the bottom ends of a $70 exacta and $522 trifecta. It was a good President's Weekend all around for "BreezeFigs-qualified" horses, especially in stakes with two exactas (Fierce Wind-Big Truck at Tampa, Ready for Fortune-Armonk at Aqueduct), and two other winners (Denis of Cork at Oaklawn and R Charlie's Angel at Sunland) underscoring how consistent BreezeFigs is when it comes to pointing out really good horses early.

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-PUS box in the right hand column on the DRF.com 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, .

Today's card may be affected by lousy weather in the East, but here's one to consider if the snow clears. Good luck!

Laurel Park, , Maiden Special, 5 1/2 Furlongs

This is a pretty nice field of somewhat pricey maiden colts who could make some noise later in the spring, and there are four BreezeFigs horses in here to consider -- two firsters and two second-timers. Firsters Buen Shot and Patuxent Punch both come out of OBSMAR where they achieved very similar BreezeFigs profiles on separate days, each with four-over-Par Group 2 efforts. Buen Shot was a little shorter in his SL than the average on his day and was scratched from the sale after breezing, but should be able to compete here effectively. Patuxent Punch showed a superior 25-ft SL on his day, well over 1 1/2 feet longer than average, but if he is a pretty big horse, he should have shown that (look at him if you can). Like Buen Shot, he does not appear as having gone through a 2-year-old sale in the PP's because he was a 110k RNA. Also deserving serious consideration are Seek Peace and Point Taker, who come out of EASMAY and have already started once. Seek Peace had an excellent three-over-Par, Group 2 breeze with a SL that was nearly half-a-foot longer than average, and showed well enough in his early trials to be claimed out of his debut -- might be a bit ambitiously placed here. Point Taker had a two-under-Par Group 3 breeze on his day but showed a foot-longer-than-average SL -- he was a 17K RNA so something was up. He might be a big horse as well, and was unruly in the gate in his debut, so play cautiously. Good luck!