07/23/2009 11:00PM

BreezeFigs Quick-Pix, Saturday, July 25th


We managed to hit the trifecta with our Pix last week-all three of the BreezeFigs horses in the race we selected were scratched. This gives us an opportunity to focus on what happened on the entire card (four winners, two at Colonial, one at Ellis, one at Monmouth) and the rest of the week (another half dozen winners, including the first two BreezeFigs races at Del Mar, including a modest trifecta on Thursday. The 2-year-old BreezeFigs season appears to be off to a good start, and Saturday's card is loaded with opportunity.

Before we get to the business of Pix, we remember we've changed our format for the 2-year-old sheet. There are two BreezeFigs sheets for each date, one for the 3-year-olds from the 2008 sales (to be posted through June 30th), and one for the 2-year-olds from the 2009 sales. 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: .

At the risk of stretching the Del Mar mojo, we'll try to decipher the race at that track for you. Good luck!

Del Mar, , Maiden Special Weight, 5 1/2 Furlongs (Synthetic)

This is a slightly bizarre bunch for a several reasons. First, the four BreezeFigs horses are not only first-time starters, but each is from a different sale. Second, the horse with the best profile, E. P. Bombay, is a New York-Bred who posted a six-over-Par Group 1 profile at OBSAPR, where one would have expected him to be picked up by a New York outfit for the pittance of 27k that he drew. But, he's legitimate, especially considering his well-over-average 25+ foot SL. He must be given a look here against the likes of the other Group 1 horse, Majestic Peak, whose OBSMAR profile was three-over-Par but with a slightly below-average SL. But he's by an intriguing first-year sire and could very well carry the day. Marcello posted a decent two-over-Par Group 2 profile at KEEAPR, but his work was accomplished with only a 22.4 foot SL, more than a foot-and-a-half under average for the day, so he needs to either have stretched it out or have sufficient energy reserves. Wings of Sound is intriguing because he comes in with a Group 3, two-below-Par profile, but that was at BARMAR, a pricey sale, and he had a solid and slightly above average 24.68 SL there, albeit on a dirt track. But he's by a disappointing sire, so that has to be figured in. This looks like a race in which you can key on one horse-we'd say E. P. Bombay at a price-and toss the rest around in your salad. Good luck!