09/06/2007 11:00PM

BreezeFigs Quick-Pix, Saturday, September 8th


Believe us, everything is not as easy as last week’s two Pix which included a nice cold exacta at Calder and a generous 2-to-1 winner at Albuquerque. But there were seven other winners on that BreezeFigs card, and a total of 19 “qualified” BreezeFigs winners for the Labor Day weekend, so something must be working.

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.

There are two very interesting maiden races on this week’s card which feature BreezeFigs horses that have already run, but not done as well as expected. Let’s see what we can dig up. Good luck!

Arlington Park, , Maiden Special, 6½ Furlongs

There are five BreezeFigs horses to strongly consider here, all Group 1 or Group 2 at their respective sales, all with stride lengths of 24 feet or longer. It’s a nightmare because two of them, Recapturetheglory and Shadowbdancing, should have already won but may not have been tight enough for their debuts. The former came back in a key race to place a solid third, and the latter is shortening up to a distance he might be better coping with at this time. Both should be considered solid gimmick plays. However, you really have to give strong consideration to the three firsters: It’s the Boy comes out of the same sale (FTFFEB) as Recapturetheglory with almost identical BreezeFig numbers across the board; Four to Go and Be Don Ko He both come out of EASMAY with solid numbers, though the former looks a tad stronger. This looks like a race where you have to keep one eye cocked on the board and the other on the condition of each of these runners as they go postward—there could be a very juicy payoff with the right combo, and in our opinion that is likely to be with Recapturetheglory on top.

Belmont Park, , Maiden Special, Mile

Love these one-turn miles for 2-year-olds who need to stretch out, and the only two BreezeFigs horses in here look like that type naturally and are coming off of troubled, but promising, debuts. Cool Coal Man was pinched back in his debut then went six wide and still got a piece of it in a potential key race at Saratoga. He’s got speed for positioning, and his SL is nearly 24 feet long, so he should be right in it at the end. Cherokee Speed, on the other hand, comes out of the same FTFFEB sale at the same distance with a lower BreezeFig but a much longer SL—over 25 feet—which indicates he may be a big horse and needs to settle. His debut found him stuck on the rail and pinched, so he never got a chance to show his real potential, or lack of. But he’s a solid gimmick play with Cool Coal Man, or you can plunge on him if the latter is scratched (he’s part of an entry). If Cherokee Speed is not a big horse, however, you should strongly consider him on top.