05/16/2008 12:00AM

BreezeFigs Quick-Pix, Saturday, May 17th


Regular BreezeFigs players will notice a new look to our sheets this weekend—there are two sheets for each day, one for 3-yos (sales of 2007) and one for 2-yos (sales of 2008). The main reason for this is that we have added a new category for the 2008 sales—SURFACE—which tells you whether the horse breezed on a dirt (D) or synthetic (S) track. There are four S sales this year—OBSFEB, OBSMAR, OBSAPR and KEEAPR; and three D sales—FTFFEB, BARMAR and EASMAY. Just to add some more insight to your handicapping.

NOTE: If the 2-yo sheet comes up with no entries, that usually means there are no 2-yo races that day. However, for Friday, May 16th, there is one glitch—Little Richie, 1st Race, Calder, is an OBSAPR graduate, but the file was not loaded on time to make the sheet. You can play him—he was a Group 1, and is only going 2 furlongs, so take a shot.

We’re going to bypass the Preakness and 3-yo maidens today and just concentrate on the 2-yo race we find of interest because we want to establish a rhythm here—there were three solid BreezeFigs winners last week (Bay Meadows, Belmont, Hollywood) including a good exacta at the latter track.

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. .

If you'd like to learn a little more about how we come up with BreezeFigs, take a look at our new website, .

Here’s our baby race of the day. Good luck!

Woodbine, , Maiden Special, 4½ Furlongs, Synthetic

Both Faithful One and Broadway Elite came out of OBSMAR as RNA’s, so there is some hidden value here, especially since that breeze show was on a synthetic track, though not the same as Woodbine’s Polytrack. Faithful One (35k RNA) was an even-Par Group 2 and is by a hot first-year sire; she had a SL that was a half-foot longer than average for the day—definitely a straight play. Broadway Elite (90k RNA) was a one-under-Par Group 3 at the same distance, but with a considerably shorter SL that the average on the day she breezed (1½ feet), and almost two feet shorter than Faithful One—might be a gimmick suck-up.