11/07/2008 12:00AM

BreezeFigs Quick-Pix, Saturday, November 8th


Talk about “close but no cigar,” how about last week’s Pix? The five BreezeFigs horses we gave you in the sixth at Aqueduct finished in the order we really liked them—Diplomatic Code on top and the rest in the gimmicks. Unfortunately, Diplomatic Code was second, and the other four were 3-4-5-6. To use the name of a current fan favorite horse, “Arrrgh!” Our “Suffolk Special” was scratched, so we were not amused at all. Today’s card is filled with opportunities, but most of the ones we like have made at least one start except in one race, which we highlight below. So sign up for DRF-Plus and get the card on the front page of .

Remember, there’s a new look to our sheets for the sales of 2008—we have added SURFACE as a new category to tell 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.

Also, 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 a sneaky one that could come up well. Good luck!

Churchill Downs, , Maiden Special Weight, 6½ Furlongs (Dirt)

There’s a stand-alone BreezeFigs horse in here who could use that extra sixteenth of a mile in the long Churchill stretch to break into the gimmicks or get up at the wire to win—Belo Sorte. He’s a long striding horse by a Belmont Stakes winner and he did OK at OBSAPR where he had a one-over-Par Group 2 profile with a 25.5+ SL at 1/8 of a mile—a foot and a half longer than the average for colts that day. He’s been training well for a clever outfit that spots its horses around the country where they can win early, and this one might do. Watch the board as usual, but use him somehow.