01/02/2009 12:00AM

BreezeFigs Quick-Pix, Saturday, January 3rd


Happy New Year everyone! We’re back for the second half of the “BreezeFigs 2008 Season”— our studies have shown that BreezeFigs-qualified horses on our sheet have the potential to win based on their BreezeFigs profiles at 2008 2-year-old sales even though they are now 3-year-olds. This week’s card is chock full of opportunities around the country, but we’ve selected the race we think everyone will focus on, see 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: .

Gulfstream opens today, and they’ve carded the most intriguing maiden of the day as the last race. Good luck!

Gulfstream Park, , Maiden Special Weight, One Mile (Dirt)

This is not the usual kind of race we profile because of the four BreezeFigs starters, none of them are first-time starters. However, this is likely to be a key maiden race because each of these horses has a chance to go on and be something special. They are topped by Ruler’s Vision, who does not appear as a 2-year-old sales horse in the PP’s because he was bought back (RNA) at FTFFEB for $1,150,000. He was one of the top-rated colts at that sale, with a five-over-Par Group 1 profile at 1/8 mile and an exceptionally long SL of over 25.5 feet—which was 1.85 feet longer than average for the day. He’s a half-brother to Champion War Pass, moves like a cat, obviously came out of his Saratoga debut a little dinky. He will likely to be bet heavily because of his connections. Two others that came out of the same sale look interesting, though we like Prospective Love more than Copper Cascade because he has a 25+-foot SL going for him on the sheets and a slightly better one-over-Par BreezeFig than Copper Cascade’s even-Par. Both are likely to be in gimmick contention at the end. Bear Always, who comes out of the solid OBSMAR sale with a solid overall Group 2 profile, threw in a very good first-time effort at Woodbine, and is the upset pick here if Ruler’s Vision proves to be too good to be true. Good luck!