09/05/2008 12:00AM

BreezeFigs Quick-Pix, Saturday, September 6th


card for Saturday, 20 of which are maiden events. There are six stakes at Calder, and a number of maiden races, but we’re not sure the turf races won’t be moved to the dirt, so we’ll concentrate on a couple of other places.

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, .

Here are two nice races to check out closely. Good luck!

Delaware Park, , Maiden Special Weight, 6 Furlongs (Dirt)

This is a very contentious and possibly key race on paper with two BreezeFigs first-timers who deserve attention. Beatrippi earned a Group 2 profile at two sales earlier this year—first at OBSMAR on synthetic, then at EASMAY on dirt. He was scratched (SCR) before going through the ring at OBSMAR and then sold for a fairly modest 28k in Maryland, which means he might have been somewhat compromised by a physical issue at the time. He had a remarkably even profile on both tracks, however, and is by a sire known for popping them over first out. Consider him carefully. Run Smart One, on the other hand, is by a sire who has not gotten off to the kind of start some expected, but his offspring will need time. This colt did OK at FTFFEB with a just-under-Par performance, and he was also scratched before entering the ring. He is owned by his breeder, so they may really like him. Consider as a gimmick play and hope it doesn’t rain.

Woodbine, , Maiden Special Weight, One Mile (Turf)

This is a very tough race on paper and the two BreezeFigs horses have something to recommend them as potential gimmick plays. Firster Tierra Del Tigre was a 37k RNA at OBSAPR after selling for only 16k as a yearling. He actually did OK at OBSAPR with a one-over-Par Group 2 profile and a half-foot-above-average SL on a synthetic track which augurs well for turf performance. He is bred top and bottom for the weeds and looks to be a serious longshot to consider. Dynamic Force came out of the same sale with a considerably lower BreezeFigs profile all around, but actually has shown that he likes the turf and was just beaten by what is likely to be the favorite in his last start. That means he will be played and gives more credibility to both his chances and those of Tierra Del Tigre. Good luck!