01/11/2008 1:00AM

BreezeFigs Quick-Pix, Saturday, January 12th


Our gimmick pick, Grapple, at least completed the exacta at Aqueduct last week, but if you played the card you would have seen that there were two other maiden races on that card with BreezeFigs horses—and the logical ones won, to the tune of $26 (for a firster, Terminal Frost) and $13 (second timer Pocatello). In an otherwise weird weather week, logical BreezeFigs horses won all over the place, setting in stone our axiom that BreezeFigs are reliable indicators of 3-y-o maiden races.

On that note, you might want to 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 .

Remember, our rules still hold about BreezeFigs “qualified” runners: You can get a good idea of what “qualified” BreezeFigs horses are by clicking on BreezeFigsInformation underneath the two BreezeFigs links in the DRF-PUS 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.

This week’s card is eclectic in terms of BreezeFigs betting opportunities so we’re going to look at a couple of potential nuggets in the opening races at Fair Grounds and Gulfstream. Good luck!

Fair Grounds, , Maiden Special Weight, 5 ½ Furlongs, Turf

Even if the weather forces this one off the weeds, there’s an interesting firster here in Oriented Lady, who comes out of the OBSMAR sale with a solid two-over-Par BreezeFig and a SL half-foot above average for that day. There may also be a lot of head-scratching over D’wild Ride, who was claimed from Steve Asmussen out of her first start for a mere 25k after selling at FTFFEB for 170k. She came out of that sale with similar SL stats as Oriented Lady, but with a two-under-Par BreezeFig, which is perfectly acceptable for that sale. These two are gimmick plays at the very least.

Gulfstream Park, , Maiden Claiming (62.5 to 57.5), 6 Furlongs, Dirt

This is our bizarre play of the month. Classy Concern is listed in the PP’s as a homebred, which she is, but she was also an RNA at EASMAY for a pittance--$7,000. Yet, she was a seven-over-Par, Group 1 horse with a 1.5 foot-over-average SL…obviously, some vet issues. However, she is in clever hands, had a useful debut, and is not being plunged all the way down the claiming ranks, so the connections might be salivating. Be careful, but consider. Firster Peace N the Valley is listed as having been sold for 17k at OBSAPR, but it looks to us like one partner bought out another. She had a useful breeze at the sale, coming up with a slightly over average SL, but a two-below Par BreezeFig. Gimmick play here.