03/07/2008 12:00AM

BreezeFigs Quick-Pix, Saturday, March 8th


Well, if given the choice of having to listen to Daniel Powder's "Bad Day" for the 11 millionth time, or merely shrugging our shoulders and mumbling, "that's horse racing," we'll opt for the latter when it comes to reporting that our Pix last week ran next to last and dead last. Easy come, easy go.

It was a light week for racing all around, what one might call the pre-Springtime lull, with short fields at most tracks yielding opportunities that resulted in BreezeFigs "qualified" winners who paid $22 at Aqueduct, $33 at Philadelphia, and a $14 first-timer at Santa Anita.

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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There are plenty of bettable options on this week’s BreezeFigs card, but most of them feature fields combining first and second-timers. Weather is likely to play havoc with all cards on the East Coast, but we will dip in with a look at one interesting possibility. Here you go, good luck!

Aqueduct, , Maiden Special (NY-Breds), 6 Furlongs

Two of these are Group 1 horses coming off layoffs since making their respective debuts in July (Tribolet and Wolfson), a Group 2 who has good form (Jet Star), and a Group 3 firster with fast morning works (Borrowing Limit). Track condition may play a decisive role here. Tribolet was a 70k RNA at OBSMAR where he posted a two-over-Par Group 1 BreezeFig before selling two months later for 115k at EASMAY where he had a one-over-Par Group 2 profile. He still looks good on paper (above average SLs) and must have come out of his Saratoga debut with a problem. Wolfson was a pricey OBSFEB purchase by a hot outfit and ran well in his Belmont debut, where he obviously did something to himself. His SL was shorter than average at the sale, but sometimes this doesn’t matter on sloppy tracks. Jet Star has not been beaten badly in his efforts despite trouble, but his SL in his OBSMAR breeze was very short—in a competitive race, he will need to time his move carefully. Borrowing Limit is really bred for the turf, but he could like the slop if he gets in, and his 24.5 foot SL at EASMAY qualifies him to mow them down late if there’s a suicide pace up front. Put us up against a wall and we would key Tribolet and Jet Star with the other two in gimmicks. Good luck and stay dry!