05/22/2009 12:00AM

BreezeFigs Quick-Pix, Saturday, May 23rd


Even though we didn't nail our Pix last week, there were eight BreezeFigs winners on last Saturday's card, including both maiden specials at Pimlico on Preakness Day-one paid $29-as well as winners at Belmont, Canterbury, Hollywood, Monmouth and Prairie Meadows. There were seven other 3-year-old maiden BreezeFigs winners during the week, as well as two 2-year-old winners on a very sparse schedule. This week we're splitting our choices again-one 2-year-old and one 3-year-old maiden race-detailed at the bottom of the column.

Before we get to the business of Pix, we remember we've changed our format for the 2-year-old sheet. There are two BreezeFigs sheets for each date, one for the 3-year-olds from the 2008 sales (to be posted through June 30th), and one for the 2-year-olds from the 2009 sales. 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.

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: .

Here's where we find some value this Saturday. Good luck!

3-Year-Olds: Belmont Park, , Maiden Special Weight, 6 1/2 Furlongs (Dirt)

There are three BreezeFigs horses in this field of extremely well-bred maidens, two of them first-timers, and one, Undersold, who had tons of trouble last out. All things considered, none of them should be ignored. Undersold was a reported 130k sale at OBSJUN, a sale we did not cover, but he was also listed as sold at OBSAPR for 40k, which is a nice profit. He was a one-over-Par Group 2 at that sale with a near 24-foot SL, well over a foot longer than the average for colts that day. Still, his numbers are not as promising as those of Strasbourg or Gridiron. Strasbourg was a talking horse at OBSFEB last year where his seven-over-Par Group 1 performance featured a 24.7 foot SL, more than a foot longer than the average. Let's see if he can justify his 450k purchase at this short distance-we think he might need a little further, but he's worth a serious shot. Gridiron was bought back for 290k (RNA) at the FTFFEB sale following a good one-over-Par Group 1 profile. His SL was almost a foot shorter than Strasbourg's, but Gridiron's was on dirt at Calder while the other two in this race breezed on a more stride-stretching synthetic track at Ocala. We would be tempted to box the three of these if the board leans in that direction.

2-Year-Olds: Calder Race Course, , Maiden Special Weight, 4 1/2 Furlongs (Dirt)

Two Group 1 horses show up here-both of which were RNA'd earlier this year. River North failed to sell at OBSMAR for 45k despite a one-over-Par profile, a 66 BreezeFig, and a good 24.31 SL. A month later, Shotgun Duty came up with a similar one-over-Par Group 1 profile with a somewhat shorter SL (23.99), and lower BreezeFig (64) and left the ring unsold at 14k. These two are probably dead-even, but don't overlook To Heir Is Human. He was sold for 30k at the pricier OBSFEB sale, but was a four-under-Par Group 3 at that sale. However, a couple of things to keep in mind: He was at the first sale of the year, and therefore has probably been in racing condition longer than the other two. He also showed a competitive 23.93 SL, which was below average for that sale but almost equal to that of Shotgun Duty. Third, his sire is simply on fire and they are pure sprinters-which is what you want. Watch the board and cross your fingers.

Good luck!