10/01/2009 11:00PM

BreezeFigs Quick-Pix, Saturday, October 3rd


Our top Pick last week, Spooky Hollow, closed steadily in the stretch to complete a $78 exacta with our second choice, Instant Message ($5.60), and the place and show prices on Spooky Hollow were $8.60 and $6.40. There are many ways to skin the cat in playing BreezeFigs horses, and the rest of the card had four other good maiden winners. This week's card is pretty light in maidens and we have gone back to the well, so to speak, to dig out a choice, below. Good luck!

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.

If you click here you will get a document which details our latest study. The conclusion for those who like to know the bottom line fast is this: When it comes to 2-year-old racing only, horses that earned Group 1 or Group 2 BreezeFigs and had longer-than-average stride lengths at the five major 2-year-old sales of 2006-07-08, won more races, won earlier, and earned more black-type, than horses with shorter-than-average stride lengths, regardless of BreezeFigs Group. There's a lot more to it than that, and a review of this document, which is the first in a series, will strengthen your hand at the windows, or, if you are a buyer, at the sales or claim box. So, download it and absorb.

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 is today's Pick. Good luck!

Philadelphia Park, , Maiden Special Weight, 5 1/2 Furlongs (Dirt)

Didn't we tout this crowd before? Yes, we did, and there are six BreezeFigs horses here, including five that we've touted before that have all come close, but no cigar-Amazing Anna, Gold Infusion, Sleek Runner, Lil Precious and Picabo's Concho. This time we're going to stick with those five-but suggest you play them under the lone first timer here, Funzionare (or, in Harvey Pack's parlance, "bet the stranger.") There are two major reasons we like this pricey FTFFEB graduate who posted an even Par Group 2 profile at that sale. First, she had a 23.85 ft SL, more than a foot longer than average that day, and except for Amazing Anna's slightly longer 23.98 ft SL at OBSMAR, has the longest of this group, and the highest above average. The second reason is that she did that on the dirt-same surface as this race, and she might be able to keep it going all the way around. This is a serious nail biter, and the board may point the way. But Funzionare deserves a look as a straight bet and a key gimmick bet. Good luck!