01/04/2008 12:00AM

BreezeFigs Quick-Pix, Saturday, January 5th


Look at it this way—three of the four horses we talked about last week filled out the exacta, tri and super, so it wasn’t a total loss. The new year has started off with a great record for BreezeFigs horses—there were 20 maiden races across the country in the first three days of 2008, and logical BreezeFigs horses won nine of them. They included both races at Santa Anita on New Year’s Day (one at $18) and the only maiden race on opening day at Gulfstream—a firster who paid $54.80!

With the turn of the year, 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 BreezeFigs Information 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.

All that said, this week’s card is very thin in terms of BreezeFigs betting opportunities. We really only like one race, though there are a couple of nice stakes that have good opportunities as well—most particularly, if he doesn’t run in the 3rd race on Friday at Gulfstream (where he should hammer), the maiden Tiz It looks very intriguing in the Hutchinson on Saturday. That said, here we go:

Aqueduct, , Maiden Special Weight, 6 Furlongs, Inner Track

Fairly interesting bunch here—the kind of mid-winter race that often uncovers a star. While we’re not sure one of them is here, there is a nice first-timer in McLovin who came out of the EASMAY sale with a solid Group 2 BreezeFig and a 24.87 foot SL, almost a foot above for the day. His sire is an American horse who one of the best in the Southern Hemisphere and stood only one year in this country, so he might be overlooked on that score. Another firster, Grapple, was scratched after breezing at the tony FTFFEB sale, and his below-Par BreezeFig suggests he may have come out of that work with a physical problem. He brought 200k as a yearling, so he might be OK to look at in a gimmick situation.