03/11/2011 12:43PM

BreezeFigs Quick-Pix Saturday March 12th

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We should be thankful for small favors. Three of the four starters in last week's Pix race either fried themselves early or didn't run a lick, but the one we thought might have needed the race, Wilburn, came home with a nice finish at a reasonable $9.40 to save the day. It was a very decent week overall for the BreezeFigs crowd: 11 maiden winners (all playable) at six different tracks-Aqueduct (3), Charles Town, Laurel, Mountaineer, Oaklawn and Santa Anita (4). Seven of those winners either first or second time starters with Alstorm dropping a $61 bomb in its debut at Oaklawn. The second of the revamped 2011 2-year-old sales season gets under way this weekend in Ocala, so we'll be busy gathering the data you will see this Spring for the upcoming babies. Meanwhile, we've got a sneaky Pick this week, see below and good luck!

Before we get to the business of Pix, remember the 2010 sales sheets have 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 new 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. Remember, no other handicapping service can give you the advantages you need from 2-year-old sales, So sign up for DRF-Plus on the front page of www.drf.com 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 www.drf.com 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 2006-07-08-09 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 www.drf.com home page, click on BreezeFigs™ Information, and then download "2006 Sales Study," or just click right here.

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: www.biodatatrack.com.

 

Here's our Pick for Saturday:
Santa Anita Park,5th Race, Maiden Special Weight, 6 ½ Furlongs (Turf)
This is a tough field for an off-bred colt to make his debut, but Joker Face could gather momentum coming down the hill and use the whopping 25.19 foot SL he showed in his three-over-Par Group 2 performance at OBSMAR last year to blow by this field. His SL was 1.38 feet longer than average for a quarter mile breeze that day, and even though It's No Joke, his sire, is not on the radar in most places, that sire is by Distorted Humor-'nuff said. Gifted Prince did not show much in his debut, which reflected his five-under-Par, Group 3, showing at BARMAR. But his 25-foot SL might also give him some momentum coming down that hill and he could be a marginal gimmick play. But it's Joker Face here who may have the last giggle.

Good luck!