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The purpose of this blog is to explain features of TimeformUS Past Performances, a new horse racing product which is optimized for tablets and the web. Currently, you can purchase TimeformUS Past Performances at TimeformUS.com or in the the TVG Handicapping Store.

This blog is also a great place to ask questions and provide feedback about our new product. Use the links below to get started, and if you have questions, email us at  Support@TimeformUS.com

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The Preview Page
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How TimeformUS is Different
TimeformUS Speed Figures
TimeformUS Spotlight Speed Figures
TimeformUS Pace Projector
• TimeformUS Running Lines
TimeformUS Pace Figures
• TimeformUS Bias Indicators
Full Result Charts
Trainer Ratings
• Pedigree Ratings
• Race Ratings
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How TimeformUS is Different

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 is a new kind of horse racing Past Performances, optimized for tablets and PCs. At TimeformUS, we’re focused on helping you understand races faster. We’re perpetually refining the site and PPs: New features will be introduced regularly.  To start: here’s a top 10 list on how we’re making it easier to play the game; click the links next to each item for a deeper description or a video on how it works.

First thing’s first: if you’re looking for a PDF legend labeling all of our features, click here

1) How we make our Speed Figures
Our state-of-the-art, single-number measure of all-around performance.
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2) Our Pace Projector
The breakthrough timesaver that tells you where they’re gonna be early in a race, and more.
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3) Race Ratings
The TimeformUS Race Ratings help you quickly understand the quality of any race.
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4) TimeformUS Pace Figures
Based on the fractional times run by each horse at each point of call in a race, TimeformUS Pace Figures give you a clear sense of the pace scenarios that a horse has faced in prior races.
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5) TimeformUS Color-Coded Bias Indicators
When we see a surface that favored frontrunners or closers in a horse’s previous race, we flag that running line with red or blue coloring.
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6) Timeform Foreign Running Lines for shippers
TimeformUS PPs offer unparalleled info on horses who previously ran overseas.
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7) TimeformUS Result Charts
One-click access from the 1-2-3 section of every running line,  TimeformUS Result Charts are color-coded  and fully customizable.
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8)  Simplified but smart TimeformUS Trainer Ratings
Our Trainer Ratings show you instantly how a trainer performs overall and in specific situations.
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9) TimeformUS Race Finder
Use our Race Finder to quickly and easily find the types of races you like to play.
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10) TimeformUS Pedigree Ratings based on today’s surface/distance
On a 100-point scale and based on the surface/distance of today’s race, factoring in the TimeformUS speed figures assigned to the horses in the family of today’s runner.
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Excerpt from On The Contrary: Del Mar’s Most Playable Longshots on July 31st

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On The Contrary is now available as part of our Del Mar Betting Strategies product, available here.

What’s in Del Mar Betting Strategies Package? Justin Finch Go To Work For You:

1) Exclusive access to the tickets we intend to bet at Del Mar each race day, typically including pick 4 constructions and other exotic tickets.
2) Full-card/Key Contender Selections and exclusive access to the entirety of On The Contrary column–updated for scratches!
3) Easy access to the updated Betting Strategies right from TimeformUS PPs at TimeformUS.com.

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Excerpt from Today’s Del Mar Betting Strategies:

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Our Preview of Saratoga’s G1 Vanderbilt: Is Rock Fall the best sprinter in America?

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>>Go to the PPs for the Vanderbilt | Post Time 5:14 EDT Saturday

Saturday’s Grade 1 Alfred G. Vanderbilt, for older horses over six furlongs, offers up an interesting matchup between a pair of streaking sprinters in #2 Salutos Amigos and #3 Rock Fall.  Together, they have won 10 straight races in this country, with the former’s trip to the Middle East back in March the lone blemish on either of their records dating back to last year.

The TimeformUS Pace Projector for the Vanderbilt favors runners with early speed, which gives an edge to Rock Fall.  He projects to be forwardly placed, tracking just behind #7 Favorite Tale early.  Based on his win in the Grade 2 True North last month, where he was similarly stalking that horse early before going on to post an easy victory, his first in stakes company, with a TFUS Speed Figure of 120, that appears to be an advantageous position for Rock Fall to be in.  Not that Favorite Tale is a push-over.  He is a fast horse; one who went down to Gulfstream to wire the Grade 2 Smile Sprint in his most recent start with a figure of 118.  But he was no match for Rock Fall in the True North, despite getting to the early lead on a pace that was not fast (note Pace figures/fractions shaded blue).

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Rock Fall is, in our estimation, the horse to beat on Saturday.  But he is also facing the toughest field of horses he has yet faced, and we expect him to be tested as he has never been tested before in this spot.

Salutos Amigos is a seasoned and rock-solid racehorse, one who has managed to hold his good form over a long series of races.  Since joining trainer David Jacobson in NY, he has seven times equaled or topped the 120 TFUS Speed Figure Rock Fall earned in that True North win last month.  A versatile runner who can keep close when needed, and finish up at the end, he features a nice balance between his Early and Late TimeformUS Pace Ratings (90 early/95 late), and he is very clearly the best horse Rock Fall has yet had to deal with on the race track.

The other major player in this race is #6 The Big Beast.  A Grade 1 winner over this track as a 3yo, he has had trouble getting his 2015 campaign started and will be hitting the track for just the third time as a 4yo on Saturday.  The time off is a concern, but this is a talented runner, one who can be expected to break through to a faster race soon, assuming he can start putting races together.  He was last seen finishing 4th as the favorite in a weak renewal of the Grade 1 Carter Handicap at Aqueduct 119 days ago, but, to our way of thinking, The Big Beast was the horse you wanted out of that race.  Unable to get forward position from an inside post in that spot, he wound up having to take back out of traffic before coming wide late and closing ground to no avail .  He was the only one doing any late running at all in that race, and it seemed to be a race that he could build upon going forward.  Perhaps he will start doing that on Saturday, but we are concerned that we haven’t seen him since early April (he was entered and scratched from Rock Fall’s True North last month).

The Play:  We respect Rock Fall as an up-and-comer in this division right now, and have to use him in any multi-race wagers we play, but Salutos Amigos is the best horse he has yet had to run against. Salutos Amigos is our top pick in the Vanderbilt.

 

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Saturday Stakes Preview: Frosted preps for the Travers in the G2 Jim Dandy at Saratoga

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>>Go to the PPs for the Jim Dandy | Post Time 6:25 EDT Saturday

The Grade 2 Jim Dandy, for 3yos over 1 1/8 miles on the main track, is the traditional local prep for Saratoga’s centerpiece race, the Grade 1 Travers Stakes later in the meet. This year’s running remains very much in flux and is difficult to evaluate ahead of time due to the confluence of races available in this division at this time of year. As of now, #4 Upstart has already been declared for the Haskell on Sunday at Monmouth, where he will try for an inflated purse vs. the likes of American Pharaoh. Both #5 Competitive Edge and #6 Tekton also hold entries into other races this weekend, and, as of this writing, it remains unclear where they will be running.

Regardless of what happens with those two, the horse to beat in the Jim Dandy is #7 Frosted. A Grade 1 winner over this distance in April’s Wood Memorial, Frosted has been expertly developed by trainer Kiaran McLaughlin since encountering a breathing issue early on the Derby Trail. He earned a new career top TFUS Speed Figure of 115 for that easy win in the Wood, and he would go on to back that race up very well in both the Kentucky Derby and Belmont Stakes. No match for American Pharaoh in either of those two races, he still ran the two best races of his career (figures of 124 and 125), and he appears to be set for a big second half to the season.

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His most dangerous rival on Saturday figures to be last year’s Breeders’ Cup Juvenile winner, #3 Texas Red. After missing the Triple Crown season this year, he got his 3yo campaign under way in last month’s Grade 3 Dwyer over a one-turn mile. He walked away second-best to the undefeated Speightster on that day, but as a starting point on the way back, things could hardly have gone better for him. Settled off a moderate pace early (note Pace Figures/fractions shaded blue for the 3/4 call), Texas Red took a game run circling the field through the turn and raced on strongly despite chasing a talented winner with plenty left in the tank. The 117 TFUS Speed Figure he put up there is a new career top, and makes for a nice place to start the second half of the year for a horse who earned a figure of 115 in that Breeders’ Cup win.

#2 Japan is an interesting horse taking a big step up in class on Saturday, and while we continue to hold out hope that he can develop into a top horse for his Hall of Fame trainer, he is going to need to improve greatly in order to stay with Frosted and Texas Red on Saturday. He has run some nice races and has the right pedigree, and he sure looks the part, but this is a tall order right now.

The Play: We like Texas Red in the Jim Dandy, but we’ll wait and see how things shake out over the next couple of days, as a series of defections would negatively impact his late-running style, while aiding the more tactical Frosted.

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TimeformUS Horses in Focus for Friday July 31st at Saratoga and Del Mar

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Hand-selected by The TimeformUS team, Horses in Focus stand out on our feature sets, such as pace projector, TimeformUS speed figures, spotlight ratings, trainer ratings, pedigree ratings, etc. Expect to see TimeformUS Horses in Focus on this blog typically every Wednesday-Sunday. If Horses in Focus are available for tracks with a later post-time, they will be added to this post throughout the day.

SARATOGA

Race 3:

#1 Run a Dubb Dubb

Got back in form for good trainer at Finger Lakes last two starts.

TFUS Speed Figure of 89 earned last time is the top last-out figure in the field on dirt.

Trainer gets perfect 100 rating with circuit switchers.

6/1 on ML.

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Race 5:

#7 Securitiz

Good effort in fast-paced route last time despite never being allowed to settle off the pace.

Overcame trouble approaching the stretch to race on for 3rd.

Has the pedigree to stretch out, and gets positive change to more patient rider.

5/1 on ML.

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#2 Sudestada

Strong effort in turf debut last time.

Took over on a fast pace in that spot before tiring late.

Cuts back and switches to Castellano for this.

15/1 on ML.

DEL MAR 

Race 8:

My Slew, the 3 horse:

Earned speed figure of 101 two back.

Troubled trip in last start.

Ran well for this rider.

Won big at this class level.

3-1 on ML.

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Saratoga Friday Highlight Horse: A 15-1 shot in the finale who looks live on TimeformUS PPs

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>>Saratoga / Race 10  / July 31st / 6:03 EDT

It may not be apparent at just a glance, but #2 Sudestada ran very well in her turf debut last month at Belmont Park. Her effort there is much more likely to catch your attention if you’re using TimeformUS pps, however.

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Away running from an outside post going 7 furlongs, Sudestada was on the chase after a pace that was very fast (note Pace figures/fractions shaded red) over a demanding course that was labeled “yielding.” After she took over strongly through the turn and led all the way down past midstretch, the pace took its toll on her, and she gave way to closers.

To us, that was a very strong effort, and her ultimate finishing position (6th, over 5-lengths behind) does not do it justice. Because she was right up there with that fast pace, her final TFUS Speed Figure for the race was upgraded to 92, the same figure earned by the winner of the race, Greywalls.

Sudestada cuts back to a shorter sprint today at Saratoga, and if she can come back with another effort as strong as that last one, she is going to be a major factor.

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Saturday Stakes Preview: Can heavy fave Beholder be beaten in Del Mar’s G1 Clement Hirsch?

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>>Go to the PPs for the Clement Hirsch  | Post Time 5:40 PDT Saturday

The Grade 1, $300,000 Clement L. Hirsch has a field of nine older fillies and mares going a mile and 1/8 on the dirt. The field is led by Beholder, who needs no introduction. She is 6-5 on the morning line. The second choice on the morning line is the Cal-bred mare Warren’s Veneda, who got hot during the winter and ran off three straight wins before tailing off.

According to the TimeformUS Pace Projector, the leader at the opening half-mile will be Yahilwa. She is followed by My Sweet Addiction, My Monet, and Beholder.

Warren’s Veneda has the fastest TimeformUS Late Pace rating: a 106.

By any measure, Beholder has put together a sterling record. 12 for 17 lifetime and 10 for 13 on dirt, she has banked almost 3.5 million dollars, she has won six Grade 1s, including the BC Distaff. However, on our data, she has clearly lost a step or two at age five. Her best speed figures are all at least two years in the past. Her five-year-old campaign has begun with paired figures of 116—great numbers, to be sure, but numbers that are well off her best.

But the five-year-old Beholder is not running against the Beholder of old. She is running against a group of opponents that is generally slower than the 2015 version of Beholder. Yes, Warren’s Veneda, Yahilwa, and Thegirlinthatsong all have recent figures that can compete with the 2015 Beholder, but none of them has her consistency and none of them can hold a candle to her class.

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We’ll give Warren’s Venada the best chance to pull the upset today. In her last start, she was out of her element in a Los Alamitos sprint. Two starts back, she gave Beholder a brief scare in a Grade 3 route at Santa Anita. There is at least a chance that her non-effort at Los Alamitos will prove a prelude to something that looks more like her best efforts from this winter.

Bottom Line: Good race to watch.

 

 

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Excerpt from On The Contrary: Del Mar’s Most Playable Longshots on July 30th

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On The Contrary is now available as part of our Del Mar Betting Strategies product, available here.

What’s in Del Mar Betting Strategies Package? Justin Finch Go To Work For You:

1) Exclusive access to the tickets we intend to bet at Del Mar each race day, typically including pick 4 constructions and other exotic tickets.
2) Full-card/Key Contender Selections and exclusive access to the entirety of On The Contrary column–updated for scratches!
3) Easy access to the updated Betting Strategies right from TimeformUS PPs at TimeformUS.com.

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Excerpt from Today’s Del Mar Betting Strategies:

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