03/18/2010 11:00PM

BreezeFigs Quick-Pix, Saturday March 20th


One of our Pix last week (at Gulfstream) was compromised when the race came off the grass, but the other (at Tampa Bay) just stunk out the joint, so the less said the better. Still, there were four winners on that card, including the good BreezeFigs horse Odysseus, who won the Tampa Bay Derby, and eight more maiden BreezeFigs winners across the country during the week. This Saturday s card has more allowances and claiming-for-winners races than usual, but there is one tasty maiden opportunity to talk about-see below and good luck!

Before we get to the business of Pix, 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: .

A truly contentious race for our Pick this week-good luck!

Gulfstream Park, , Maiden Special Weight, One Mile (Dirt)

Five of these come out of 2-year-old sales, but only one-Bears Finish Line-was listed as sold. This OBSAPR graduate posted a six-over-Par Group 1 profile with a 25.45 foot SL, close to two feet longer than average at the sale. He s not a small horse, but he looks to have the ability to go all the way in his first start, and he has a clever outfit. Grand Macho has the second best profile here with an even-Par Group 2 rating was scratched from the FTFFEB sale and looks to have a softer spot than the monsters he s met in his two starts to date, but he seems to be a gimmick play because of his short stride. The Gift Is Mine took a playable two-under-Par Group 3 profile at OBSMAR in his debut last year, but something obviously went wrong. His 24.44 foot SL at the sale was almost a half-foot above average-he was scratched after breezing, though. He s a strong contender in new hands and could take it all. First timer Indy News was scratched from KEEAPR after posting an acceptable one-under-Par Group 4 profile at a quarter mile, and his 24.52 foot SL was just a tad under average. With his pedigree and connections he ll be bet heavily-watch the board, a definite player. Our Dark Knight was bought back (RNA) for 325k after posting a five-under-Par, Group 4 profile at the KEEAPR sale, where his 22.93 foot SL was a foot below average-but his race over the track here was not that bad. This race is a close one all around, but we ll tip it to Bears Finish Line as the key. Good luck!