02/06/2009 1:00AM

BreezeFigs Quick-Pix, Saturday, February 7


Our two first timers failed to figure in the gimmick last week, but Yano, our logical favorite, did win ($5.40) on a card that had six BreezeFigs winners five of which were very good plays going in, including a $35 first timer at Gulfstream and two at Aqueduct. On Wednesday, there were three races on a very light card, and BreezeFigs first timers took one at Aqueduct ($59) and another at Laurel ($13). This week, the card is loaded with 24 maiden races at 14 tracks, and we re going to give you a double header in our Pick of the week 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: .

The two races at the Big A are perfect examples of how you can use BreezeFigs so we re going to focus on both of them. Good luck!

Aqueduct, , Maiden Special Weight (New York-Breds), 6 Furlongs (Dirt)

Two first timers come into this New York-Bred maiden race with opposite profiles at two different sales, but the same basic stride length (SL). Despite the fact that Serve Too had a 22.4 foot SL that was about the same as Princess Maura, Serve Too did it at OBSAPR, where that was about average, and Princess Maura did it at EASMAY, where it was a half-foot below average. This difference helped to give Serve Too an overall three-over-Par Group 1 profile at her sale, and Princess Maura an overall seven-under-Par Group 4 in Maryland. Serve Too ships in for this race and if she can handle the change in scenery, looks pretty good as a key.

Aqueduct, , Maiden Special Weight, One Mile (Dirt)

This is a far more complicated situation, with pricier horses and one first timer who is a potential pari-mutuel blockbuster: Massecuite. On paper he looks outclassed on pedigree and not particularly well connected, but this somewhat large colt blew the doors off at OBSAPR with an eight-over-Par, Group 1 BreezeFigs profile that saw him motor in a respectable 10.2 for 1/8th mile but he did it with a 26.2 foot SL, more than three feet longer than the average for colts that day. Whew! You have to respect him, as well as Brickyard, whose first race stunk out the joint relative to his very decent, even-Par Group 2 profile at KEEAPR where he had a 25.8 foot SL, more than 1.5 feet longer than average for the day. He probably came out of his debut a little off, but he s from clever hands and should be able to relax and roll today. The stinker here is Watch the Gap, who threw in a modest three-under-Par Group 4 BreezeFigs profile at FTFFEB, but was bought back (RNA) for 500k (he was purchased for 300k as a yearling, we should all sneeze at such a profit) and got knocked around at the start in his debut. He had an average 23+ foot SL at the sale, but he stretches out and his profile is bettable because it s a high class sale. We tip the scales to the other two, however.