03/27/2008 11:00PM

BreezeFigs Quick-Pix, Saturday, March 29th


We have always advised our readers to make sure that horses that are listed as RNA or SCR in the "Notes" column are to be seriously considered because they actually breezed at a sale and the fact that the horse was in a 2-year-old sale does not appear in the past performances. Last week’s top Pick at Aqueduct, Blacksmith Bob, who was a Group 1 SCR at OBSAPR rewarded us with a nice $9.90 payoff so this is a good angle to keep in mind. Of course, the schneid at Sam Houston with our other Pix is best forgotten. On to another day.

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 has several first-timers in various races, but there is an absolutely intriguing race that caught our eye for our Pix focus. Good luck!

Gulfstream Park, , Maiden Special Weight, 6 Furlongs

This is our “RNA-SCR Special” of the week and it’s strictly a gimmick deal that focuses on three firsters. Extraordinarytimes showed a nice, even breeze at KEEAPR with a three-over-Par, Group 1 performance and a SL that was just about even with the sale average that day. But, he was scratched from the sale after breezing, which usually means a physical issue popped up, and appears here under the silks of his breeder. Nicely bred, has a shot. Royal Bayou, on the other hand, was a 160k Saratoga yearling who was pinhooked into the FTFFEB sale where he threw in an even-Par Group 2 effort with a slightly below average SL for the day. He was bought back at the sale on a final bid of 40k, so he obviously did not pass some tests. He is almost dead even, relatively speaking, with Extraordinarytimes on most of our figs. The “stinker” here could be El Cesar, who is listed as a 75k sale at OBSJUN, a 2-year-old sale we did not cover last year. However, he was also in the OBSMAR sale three months prior where he threw in a four-under-Par, Group 3 effort—but with a 24.78 SL that was 1½ feet longer than the average for the day. He was just slow, and was scratched from that sale right after his breeze, so he may have had an vet issue as well, which was obviously healed in June. Crafty connections, worth a look. Watch the board here and try to make some sense of a very difficult race.