01/16/2009 12:00AM

BreezeFigs Quick-Pix, Saturday, January 17th


We have no idea why our pick at Tampa Bay last week got bet down to even money, but we are happy that Snow Lass vindicated our judgment and galloped home on top. That card also had a stone cold exacta in the fourth at Laurel with first-timers Sleigh Rider ($8.80 to win) and Yano hitting it for $56, plus a playable second-timer, New Bay ($11.80) at Santa Anita. You might also have had Maccarib Pass, a $37 first-timer at Gulfstream on Wednesday. There are plenty of opportunities on this Saturday s card all over the country, one of which we like better than others (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: .

Tampa is the little track on the other Florida coast and there are always some intriguing spots to examine. Here s what we re thinking this week. Good luck!

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

Opening weekend at a track where strange things always manage to screw up the best handicappers, but this is a sneaky type of contest we like to plumb for opportunities. There are three BreezeFigs horses in here, two of which are first-time starters we like. Ashland's Pride was purchased for 40k as a yearling and went to EASMAY to be pinhooked and did very well, racking up a six-over-Par Group 1 BreezeFigs profile at 1/8 mile with a 25+ foot SL that made him one of the best at the sale. But he didn t sell he was bought back (RNA) for a miserly nine grand, which means this baby had problems at the time. Now in the hands of a clever trainer, he may just steal the show but he ll have to cope with the other two BreezeFigs entrants, one of whom, Inflight, came out of the same sale with virtually the same profile but at the Group 2 level at a quarter-mile and he sold for 115k. But he d been previously scratched out of the earlier OBSMAR sale where he had a similar Group 2 profile, and he has now run three times at three tracks and needs careful rating here to make it into the gimmick. The other one we like, Hard to Guard, breezed at two distances at OBSMAR but you can discount the Group 3 performance at a quarter mile because it was affected by weather conditions. His 1/8 mile Group 2 effort the previous week was decent, but he was scratched out of the sale and wheeled back at OBSJUN where he sold for 77k. We were not at that sale, but his OBSMAR form makes him a solid contender, at least in the gimmicks where we would key Ashland s Pride. Good luck!