06/12/2008 11:00PM

BreezeFigs Quick-Pix, Saturday, June 14th


One-for-two isn’t too bad when you’re handicapping, and even though we blew one baby race last week, our second pick made all the difference when our “key horse” Quite a Lady did what we thought she would: She ran down the field and kicked off an all- BreezeFigs exacta ($49), trifecta ($105) and superfecta ($528) extravaganza. Let’s see what we can ferret out today.

Remember, there’s a new look to our sheets—there are two sheets for each day, one for 3-yos (sales of 2007) and one for 2-yos (sales of 2008). The reason for this is that we have added a new category for the 2008 sales—SURFACE—which tells 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. NOTE: If the 2-yo sheet comes up with no entries, that usually means there are no 2-yo races that day.

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. .

If you'd like to learn a little more about how we come up with BreezeFigs, take a look at our new website, .

Today we’re splitting the difference—one 3-y-o and one 2-y-o maiden race. Good luck!

Belmont Park, , Maiden Special Weight (3 & Up) 6 Furlongs (Turf)

There are three BreezeFigs horses in here, but the firster, Alabama Man, looks most intriguing. Though he comes out of a fairly weak OBSAPR sale, he did rack up a Group 2, even-Par profile with a near 23-foot SL, just above average for the day. He’s in clever hands and shows a nifty Palm Meadows turf breeze, so he might be ready. Illini Nation changes trainers, ships up from Calder, has good form and an acceptable BreezeFigs profile from a top-class FTFFEB sale—obvious choice. Unbridled Trip has shown nothing so far despite a fair OBSAPR profile, might want the turf, but we like the top two as gimmick plays much better.

Golden Gate, , Maiden Special Weight (2-y-os), 4½ Furlongs (Synthentic)

It doesn’t show in the PP’s, but Broadway Hennessey was a 130k RNA at FTFFEB this year—which was below what they paid for her as a yearling. She had a very nifty Group 2, six-over-Par BreezeFig profile at that tony sale, but she did it with a slightly below-average SL for fillies that day, and on the dirt. Synthetic might lengthen her stride somewhat, but she only has to travel 4½ furlongs for a smart outfit, and might be worth the plunge.