06/05/2008 11:00PM

BreezeFigs Quick-Pix, Saturday, June 7th


So much for “sore thumb” Pix—though we were scratched out of one of last week’s races, our other pick, Cumana, was basically left at the gate but did OK to close for third. This week, we’re concentrating just on the babies, though there are quite a few 3-year-old maiden races on the BreezeFigs card for you to decipher as well. And, of course, there’s that 12 furlong once-around-the-track gallop in Elmont where we’re just going to box the four best BreezeFigs horses from last year in the race—Big Brown-Denis of Cork-Macho Again-Icabad Crane, a no-brainer.

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, .

Now for the sore thumbs. Good luck!

Woodbine, , Maiden Special Weight, 4 ½ Furlongs (Synthetic)

Faithful One, a 35k RNA at OBSMAR is likely to be one of the favorites, at least based on her initial outing. But she also merits consideration on her BreezeFigs profile, a solid Group 2, even-Par effort with a 23.59 SL, more than a half-foot above average for fillies that day. She will likely get some competition at the windows and on the track from another RNA graduate of that sale, Bri N Savannah, bought back for a shocking 20K after a four-over-Par Group 1 performance and a solid 24.24 SL, just over the average for the day she breezed (track was a little tighter). Georgia Song, who sold for 50k at the same sale, went ¼ mile and had a respectable even-Par Group 2 performance, with a slightly under-average SL. This is a watch-the-board race but the combo here could get your day off to a good start.

Arlington Park, , Maiden Special Weight, 4 ½ Furlongs (Synthetic)

This is likely to be a key race at this track based on the four BreezeFigs horses entered—all of them have a shot, and three of them were RNA’s at their sales. Safari Dream had a splendid six-over-Par Group 1 profile at OBSMAR on synthetic with a ¾-foot longer than average SL of 24.58 feet, and RNA’d for 55k. Star of War had a considerable shorter SL at FTFFEB on the dirt—21.67 feet ( almost 1½ feet below average that day), but that’s her only knock in a Group 1, five-over-Par BreezeFigs profile. She was a 97k RNA and that short stride may help her get out fast and get around the turn quick and that will help. Divine Design, a 170k RNA at OBSMAR, was a steady one-over-Par, Group 2 performer there, but had a very under-average SL of 22.82 feet; however, both she and the aforementioned Star of War are from the first crop of Cuvee, who used his shortish stride very well at two. Quite the Lady might be the sleeper here—she was a 74k sale at OBSAPR where she had a serious five-over-Par Group 2 BreezeFigs profile that featured a 24 foot SL—more than 1 ½ feet above average for the day. She is by the long-striding Pleasantly Perfect and if the others burn themselves out, she will suck it up. She’s got the connections, and is probably your key here.