02/05/2010 12:00AM

BreezeFigs Quick-Pix, Saturday February 6th


So now we have to be meteorologists as well as handicappers, considering we were shut down last week at Oaklawn by power failures attributed to the weather. Still, it was another good week for BreezeFigs maidens including a stone cold $160 (for $1) trifecta in the first race at Santa Anita on Wednesday. With a storm pummeling the East Coast this weekend, we pull a lucky one in that the horse we liked last week is back in tomorrow, and we think the weather will look good in Florida so we'll give you a double header today. Good luck!

Before we get to the business of Pix, the 2009 sales sheet has a major addition in the SALE column: It's now labeled SALE & HIP, the "HIP" referring to the catalogue number for that horse in that sale. This reference will enable you to go to the website of the sales company involved and easily find the short video of the horse's breeze at that sale.

The web links for each sale are listed in the NOTES section of the 2009 BreezeFigs Report and you will find all the information as to why we have done this and how you can benefit from this addition to the service by downloading the document which explains it all here: and get the BreezeFigs cards.

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.

If you click here you will get a document which details our latest study. The conclusion for those who like to know the bottom line fast is this: When it comes to 2-year-old racing only, horses that earned Group 1 or Group 2 BreezeFigs and had longer-than-average stride lengths at the five major 2-year-old sales of 2006-07-08, won more races, won earlier, and earned more black-type, than horses with shorter-than-average stride lengths, regardless of BreezeFigs Group. There's a lot more to it than that, and a review of this document, which is the first in a series, will strengthen your hand at the windows, or, if you are a buyer, at the sales or claim box. So, download it and absorb.

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: .

We're going to stick to the south for today-good luck!

Gulfstream Park, , Maiden Special Weight, 7 Furlongs (Dirt)

Two well-bred firsters make it into this race. Both sporting similar BreezeFigs profiles across the board. Saturday in May had a five-over-Par profile at OBSAPR with a 24.78 foot SL that was 1.34 feet above average for that day. Sun Dance Moon had a n even-Par profile at OBSMAR with a 24.25 foot SL that was a third of a foot above average, but that is a pricier sale. These two look even on paper and are worth gimmick looks, and if the board says yes, look to a straight bet.

Oaklawn Park, , Maiden Special Weight, 6 Furlongs (Dirt)

Back again is our Pick of last week-Mac Dehere-and he's joined by a firster who could make this a BreezeFigs gimmick. As we noted last week, Mac Dehere showed a remarkably good seven-over-Par, Group one performance at OBSAPR where his stride length was .65 feet above average for that day, pretty good even though it didn't quite hit 24 feet. He was six wide all the way in his debut and still did OK. Thunder Jack comes out of the same sale with a two-over-Par Group 1 performance that featured a 24.23 foot SL, just about average for that day, and there really is not too much difference between the two on our internals. Nice gimmick horses and like the one at Gulfstream, watch the board for a straight bet. Good luck!