10/09/2008 11:00PM

BreezeFigs Quick-Pix, Saturday, October 11th


Even though we bombed out again last week, we have to look at the bright side: All things considered, Breezefigs-qualified horses racked up a better record overall last Saturday, and during the week, on average than the stock markets. Small consolation, we know, but one must always try to be optimistic, especially in this game. This week’s card is a mixed bag of very good opportunities spread out across the country, but we’ve found something interesting in a location as far away from Wall Street as it gets—Golden Gate. 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. .

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

If you score out on this one, maybe you can send part of your winnings to help bail out the state of California. Good luck!

Golden Gate , Maiden Special Weight, 6 Furlongs (Synthetic)

Three fillies in this race came out of the OBSMAR sale with very divergent Breezefigs profiles, and the two first-time starters are the ones that merit further consideration. Of those two, Claudette’s Call is likely to take money at the windows since she was sold for 200k there. But even though she turned in a good even-Par Group 2 performance at the sale at 1/8 mile, she had a well-below average SL, which means that if she is not a smallish filly, she could waste a lot of energy at six furlongs. On the other hand, the ominously named Low Expectations breezed ¼ mile at the same sale and achieved a similar even-Par Group 2 profile, but here SL was almost half a foot longer than average for that distance by fillies. In addition, she does not show as having gone through the sale in the PP’s because she was bought back (RNA) for 17k, which is perhaps an indication of why they named her that way. Both of these fillies deserve gimmick and straight play looks. Penuche Royale came out of the same sale with a more modest three-under Par Group 4 profile and had an excuse late in her debut, but might be worth a suck up gimmick bet here.