01/25/2010 12:00AM

BreezeFigs Quick-Pix, Saturday, January 23rd


He went off at a larger price than we expected, but our Pick last week, Conflicted, did us proud with a stirring run through the stretch to get up to be an easy second and complete a $44 exacta with the favorite. There were three maiden winners on that card, as well as the winners of both stakes races at Tampa Bay. Despite the havoc set off by the weather, there was a good percentage of maiden winners during the week, and we have some pretty interesting plays for you on this week's card-so look below and 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: .

Here's our Pix for today. Good luck!

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

This is a contentious field with one BreezeFigs contender-but Eli's Comin' has a shot in his debut from the outside based on his EASMAY profile. He earned a Group 1 rating there with a five-over-Par performance that featured a nearly 24-foot SL, more than half-foot above average for that day. It wasn't spectacular but it was solid and he is in clever hands, so he could be comin' down the stretch at the end if he manages to stay out of trouble.

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

Another potential "key" event here with two BreezeFigs contenders going up against some pricey dudes with major connections. But there's not more major connection than the one that has Bushwhacked-not that he needs it on his OBSFEB profile where he posted an 11-over-Par Group 1 profile at 1/8 mile with a 25.5 foot SL-1.5 feet above average for the sale. They will be all over him, no doubt, but he has some tough experienced competition to beat. The other BreezeFigs horse, Morethanatale, is well worth a look based on his OBSAPR profile where he was an eight-over-Par Group 1 horse at 1/8 mile, but with a considerably shorter SL (two feet) than Bushwhacked. He had a run last year in a restricted 2-y-o stake and obviously came out the worse for wear, but he might be a nice suck up gimmick play here. Good luck!