03/20/2008 11:00PM

BreezeFigs Quick-Pix, Saturday, March 22nd


He took a while to get going, but our Pick last week, Jumpin Charlie, did manage to complete the trifecta at a generous 6-to-1. If you had the BreezeFigs card for that day, there were three maiden races at Aqueduct—and each was won by a horse on that card begging to be bet, including a $22 number. So, our Pix may sometimes fall short, but there are plenty of opportunities on the BreezeFigs card every week.

Remember, 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 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.

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. .

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This week’s card is a little eclectic, so we’ll give you two quickies to consider that include horses whose PP’s do not show they were at the 2-year-old sales. Good luck!

Aqueduct, , Maiden Claiming (40k to 30k), 6 Furlongs

There is not much to beat here, but two BreezeFigs horses should be considered. Firster Blacksmith Bob comes out of the OBSAPR sale with a good six-over-Par Group 1 profile which includes a solid 23.65 foot SL; he was scratched after breezing and never went through the ring, and since it took a year to get him to the races, one can assume there was a problem. He should be over it now. Leigh’s Engine had trouble in his debut and merits another look despite his three-under-Par Group 3 performance at EASMAY. However, he showed a solid 25.54 foot SL in that breeze and even if that is deceptive because he might be a big horse, he looks like he could very well clunk up in the gimmicks if the speed fails to hold. If, on the other hand, he’s smallish or midsize, move him up.

Sam Houston, , Maiden Special, 5½ Furlongs

Stormin Lassie posted a sales-topping, phenomenal 14-over-Par, Group 1 BreezeFig at the tony FTFFEB sale last year with a 26-foot SL—but she was scratched from the sale before going through the ring. She did not debut until last month, a year later, and showed that she has some problems while bearing out. Still, she hasn’t got a lot to beat here. Two that look good gimmick or upset bets are EASMAY Group 2 fillies—firster Greeley’s Dancer, who was five-over-Par with a 22.47 foot SL and Ballet Recital, who was two-over-Par with just a tad shorter SL. However, they breezed on different days and Greeley’s Dancer had a deeper track to deal with. Since Ballet Recital was well beaten by Stormin Lassie in their debuts, Greeley’s Dancer may be the better play.