07/27/2007 12:00AM

BreezeFigs Quick-Pix, Saturday, July 28th


After a week off for a brief vacation, we’re back just as Saratoga opens and Del Mar heats up. There were five BreezeFigs winners on last Saturday’s card, and another six during the week—including a stone-cold Trifecta at Suffolk and a $92 first-timer at Lone Star. Seven of those winners had stride lengths (SLs) that were longer than or just under the average at the sales where they breezed, a factor that has increasingly played a role in the viability of using BreezeFigs, especially for first time starters.

Remember, keep stride length (SL) in mind when handicapping from the BreezeFigs sheet and take advantage of all the tips that we provide--you can get a good idea 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.

Today there are eight maiden 2-Y-O race and three stakes for 2-Y-Os on the BreezeFigs card at Arlington, Calder, Colonial, Delaware, Del Mar, Evangeline, Fairmont, Lone Star, Monmouth and Saratoga. Here are two you will want to play, and they could not be tougher. Good luck!

Saratoga, , Maiden Special, 6 Furlongs

Globalization is the only BreezeFig horse in this race, and he goes up against a couple of others that have started with basically the same form. He scored a five-over-Par BreezeFig at OBSMAR with a SL that was a tad longer than average. He probably needed his first race, and though he looks in a bit tough, he has a clever trainer with a record of popping them over quickly. Definite gimmick play, watch the board.

Del Mar, , Maiden Special, 6 Furlongs

Not only likely to be a key maiden race, but also one of the most difficult to handicap from any angle. There are six BreezeFigs horses in the body of the race and one AE, and all of them have a shot. Shore Do and Drill Down come out of a very strong BARMAR sale where both had SLs well over 25 feet and very high Group 1 BreezeFigs—as did Guns on the Table (Group 2) and E Z’s Gentlemen (Group 3), who were a bit further down the BreezeFigs list at that sale but nothing to sneeze at if they’re ready. Crimson Star (Group 2) and Overextended (Group 3) came out of FTFFEB with impressive all-around numbers, and Big Mohagany pulled off a nice Group 1 number at OBSMAR on the dirt—and though he’s bred for grass, he might love this surface. Drill Down has had a start and a sharp blow-out on Wednesday which could be the difference here. You might want to key him with whoever looks good in the paddock and then sit back and watch some talented colts sort themselves out. Good luck!