03/05/2010 1:00AM

BreezeFigs Quick-Pix, Saturday March 6th


Right after our column was published last week, they called off racing at Aqueduct, knocking our hot Pick, Fordangshore off the card, leaving our fate in the hands of the inscrutable Bushwhacked, who more than lived up to his name again by finishing second at Gulfstream. At least Fordangshore came back during the week and romped to a $5.80 payoff, which was nice of him and we hope you had a reasonably long memory and nice bet down. The day last week was finished off by a nice $31 BreezeFigs exacta in the Borderland Derby at Sunland (Storming Saint placed first over Raise the Bridle), which would have been bigger balloons if there'd been no DQ. This week, since we're gluttons for punishment, we're going back to Gulfstream and also throwing in a "can't resist" Pick at Philadelphia Park. 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: .

Get out your mittens-good luck!

Gulfstream Park, , Maiden Special Weight, 5 1/2 Furlongs (Dirt)

Another absolutely impossible race to handicap, especially since there are six BreezeFigs horses in here-and only one of them appears as going through the ring as a 2-year-old (the others were either scratched after breezing (SCR) or failed to sell (RNA). Ironically, the one that went through the ring and actually sold was Southern Danger, who also posted the top BreezeFig at the OBSMAR sale last year (11 over Par), with a 24.62 foot SL, more than half-foot better than average that day (he breezed in 9.4 for 1/8 of a mile, fastest of the sale). He ran early last year and obviously blew a tire or something and is back today where he might go off odds-on. But there are four others who could nail him, including Green Monster, an OBSFEB scratch who posted an even-Par Group 2 with a 25.15 foot SL-he's a big boy, and by a hot first time sire. Three Rudys was a 190k RNA at FTFFEB after posting a solid four-over-Par, Group 2 profile with a 24.17 foot SL, well over a foot longer than average that day, and did OK in November in his debut. No Truth Told came out of the lesser OBSAPR sale with a 47k RNA tag after a four-over-Par Group 2 profile with a 24.81 foot SL-he's coming off three OK starts way back last year, though, and might not be up to this class level yet. Dixie Slam was a perfectly acceptable one-under-Par Group 3 RNA at 50k at FTFFEB last year with a good 23.46 foot SL, and could shock in his debut, watch the board. Visionary Man was scratched from BARMAR after a horrible 13-under-Par, Group 4 performance, but is in clever hands-we would keel over if he came through. Looks like the top three are best played in gimmicks, with Dixie Slam under them.

Philadelphia Park, , Maiden Claiming (12,500), 7 Furlongs (Dirt)

How can you resist considering a horse named This Is Bananas? In this cheap maiden claimer, he stands out on his numbers at OBSAPR where he was a Group 2, four-over-Par horse with a solid 25 foot SL-more than 1.5 feet longer than average. However, he is listed in the past performances as not having gone through the ring but official records of the sale said he was sold for 12k, so this might actually be bananas. Don't slip and fall over this one, but if he doesn't look rotten on the board, take a chance.