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TimeformUS Horses in Focus for Wednesday

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 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. 

Keeneland, Race 5 – Adios Nardo, #7

Owns top Spotlight and co-best last-out speed figures.

Four wins, four seconds in last eight starts.

Uncharacteristically quick workouts for this.

Trainer has rating of 93 with similar spacing.

5-1 morning line.


Keeneland, Race 6 – Sharp Stick, #7

Nice try with solid figure in debut despite slow start, wide trip.

Half-brother to 1 1/2 mile stakes winner should like added distance.

Trainer has rating of 90 with second time starters.

5-1 morning line.


Keeneland, Race 7 – Kalamos, #7

Top last-out figure in field (111).

Top late pace rating in field.

Trainer has rating of 92 with horses running 3rd off layoff.

7-2 morning line.


Aqueduct Race 2:

Quiet Sunshine, the 4 horse:

Has best last-out speed figure in the race: an 86.

Trainer gets 94 rating when running back on short rest.

Trainer gets 91 rating when attempting repeat victory.

2-1 on ML.


Aqueduct Race 6:

Ten Ed, the 3 horse:

Pace Projector puts on clear early lead in race favoring speed.

Ran big in past when making the early lead.

8-1 on ML.


Aqueduct Race 8:

Prophet’s Cat, the 6 horse:

Pace Projector shows with nice stalking trip.

Ran strong speed figure in last: an 82.

Exits race that received strong Race Rating of 91.

20-1 on ML.


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Ten Ed should benefit from pace setup


Wednesday April 16 – Aqueduct Top Play

Get Started on today’s TimeformUS racecard from Aqueduct

Race Six
Scheduled Local Post Time – 3:55pm ET

The scratch of Let’s Discuss (who was our original selection) would seem to leave #3 Ten Ed (8-1 ML) in a strong position in this one-mile claiming race.

According to the TimeformUS Pace Projector (which updates itself to incorporate scratches), at the opening half mile, Ten Ed will be in the lead and on the rail, in a race that is projected to be run at a pace that favors horses on or near the early lead.


Ten Ed has made the early lead only once in his career, and this resulted in a big performance: a nose loss at 12-1 odds and a speed figure much higher than he earned in any of his surrounding races.


Ten Ed has been running against better competition, according to our race ratings, and he gets a needed freshening for this spot. His only career win was posted at a mile on the Big A inner track.


Trainer Mark Hennig gets an adequate 73 rating when moving horses from allowance competition into claimers.


The Play: Win bet on Ten Ed.


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Today in Racing, April 15, 2014


Some odds and ends from Keeneland, the center of the racing universe for another week and a half:

Sultry Cat ($21.20) won his debut in the 5th on Saturday, one of two winners on the day for trainer Ken McPeek.  This three-year old son of Bernstein earned a TFUS speed figure of 94, which appears to be (quite unscientifically) the best number earned by a first-time starter over the weekend.  This is a gelding who would surely appear to have a future on synthetic surfaces (if synthetic surfaces have a future).  Out of a Sultry Song mare, Sultry Cat is a half-brother to Bittel Road, who won the G3 Woodford Reserve Bourbon over this very surface; and the dam is a half to Top Notch Lady, who won the Bourbonette Breeders Cup Stakes on the Poly at Turfway.  We can file this information under ‘stuff we wish we’d noticed before the race.’

In the G1 Jenny Wiley on Saturday, Hard Not To Like ($29) slipped up the inside to nip the gallant Discreet Marq and a host of others in close pursuit, earning a TFUS speed figure of 109; that compared to a race-best 110 for the runner up, who stalked the pace and held gamely.  Here’s the race chart, showing the kind of finish that those who assign weights for handicaps races (of which this was not one) can only dream of.

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Ever since we introduced our cool result charts, I’ve been wondering exactly what use I could make of the ‘Behind’ button; and here it is.  Just 4 1/2 lengths (and five speed figure points) separated the ten horses at the finish!  Though Discreet Marq lost, her running lines are still a thing of beauty; and she’s elevated her speed figures in her last two starts as well. So I imagine we’ll be hearing a lot more from this gritty NY-bred as the season wears on.

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Ready to Act ($5.60) won the G2 Beaumont Stakes on Sunday, earning a speed figure of 94 with a last to first move.  It was actually the third place finisher Katie’s Eyes who earned the top figure of 95 after stalking the early pace.

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It was the first try on synthetic for Ready to Act, a three-year old daughter of More Than Ready, currently sitting at #4 in the all-weather track sire list (by earnings).  She’s out of a Mizzen Mast dam who is a half-sister to Mast Track, who won the Hollywood Gold Cup on the Cushion Track.

Right behind More Than Ready on that sire list is Ghostzapper, the sire of Judy the Beauty ($3.20), who won beyond six furlong for the first time in Saturday’s Madison Stakes, keeping her record at Keeneland unblemished at four-for-four.  She earned a speed figure of 109.

Trainer Ben Colebrook, a former assistant to Christophe Clement who got his first winner on his own last October, has a trainer rating of 97 in his young career.  His winning percentage stands at 19%, so no doubt that rating has been boosted by his ROI, which is a component in the calculation.  On Saturday, he sent out two sharp first-timers at long odds. Nobadeer ran second, at 19-1, to the aforementioned Sultry Cat in Saturday’s 5th, after being close to the leader.  That was not a good place to be on Saturday; that day will be designated as favoring closers.  He earned a fine speed figure of 91, upgraded from his raw final time figure of 87.  In the following race, Colebrook scored with World Is Watching ($36.20), who took advantage of the bias and rallied from dead last, earning a figure of  78. He’s by Any Given Saturday (#35 on the abovementioned sire list).

Looking ahead to Thursday, Colebrook sends out another debut runner in Reeder (10-1), entered in the 5th race, at 6 1/2 furlongs. This son of Speightstown (#20 on the all-weather sire list) sports a pedigree rating of 89 for synthetic sprints, and definitely will be worth a peek.

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Today in Racing, April 14, 2014

Don’t think there’s all that much to see as far as the weekend’s Derby prep action goes.

The final Blue Grass to be contested over Keeneland’s Polytrack was, I suppose, Exhibit A in the case that synth-haters would make in favor of the coming switch to dirt.  The pace was moderate, and it just slowed up from there (winning speed figure of just 96). It concluded like a turf race with horses closing from out of the clouds (never understood exactly what is bad about that), and it was irrelevant for the Kentucky Derby.  The winner, Dance With Fate ($14.80) isn’t even going to go (great news for the connections of #21 Uncle Sigh, though his connections may have to sweat out the Lexington next weekend, with #24 Commanding Curve said to be a possibility). Runner-up Medal Count might, as least according to trainer Dale Romans’ pre-race comments; but if he makes an impact there, then we should just throw the entire months-long Derby Trail process out the window. Though he won his career debut on dirt in a weak maiden field at Ellis Park, he’s been hapless in his two subsequent tried on the surface.  And pretty slow even on his preferred synthetics.

On the other hand, it was a glorious betting race with a full field, and the exacta, with two perfectly logical horses – the 3rd and 4th betting choices, in order – paid $127.60; the triple, with a 9-1 shot third, paid $1,448.80.  So, I guess it’s whatever floats your particular boat.  Unfortunately as far as I’m concerned, the Poly-boat has already set sail.

Here’s the past performances coming into the Arkansas Derby for Danza ($84.60). He might have paid $184.60 had someone other than Pletcher been the trainer.

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I can’t see any red-board case to be made here!  (Except for, possibly, the contention that he would benefit from the stretch-out, being a half brother to Majestic Harbor, who won the mile and a half Tokyo City Cup last month, earning a speed figure of 107). Danza earned a TFUS speed figure of 110 which, by itself, would very well make him a legitimate contender at Churchill. Of course, he did get an ideal pace setup when longshot Thundergram dueled with favorite Bayern, a dream trip up the rail, and beat a group which has been knocking heads without making any significant breakthroughs from speed figures that just don’t match up with the top Derby contenders. Tapiture is the only one of the group that had been showing speed figure improvement (if slightly so), but that came to an end with his disappointing 4th.  Ride on Curlin rallied pretty well for second passing tired horses, earning a speed figure of 105. It’s the kind of running line that attracts Derby money. I still see a colt who hasn’t won beyond six furlongs; but he’s nothing if not honest and consistent, and I could see him as a possibility for minor awards if things break his way. I’ve never liked Conquest Titan, and back to the drawing board for last place finisher Strong Mandate, whose Hopeful now has to definitely be considered a fluke in the mud.

Will Take Charge got his first win of 2014 when he won the Oaklawn Handicap over Revolutionary, surviving a stewards inquiry and two claims of foul. I thought that the rider of Golden Lad had the more legitimate claim when he was sandwiched between the winner, who drifted in under a right-handed stick, and the runner-up. But I think the stewards made the correct call in keeping him up. Will Take Charge earned a speed figure of 112, his lowest since the 110 he got in the Pennsylvania Derby, back when he was progressing towards his narrow loss in the Classic.  His final time of 1:49.55 was only narrowly better than that of Danza (1:49.68), though he did cover more ground. As gallant and honest as he’s been, one can’t help but think that perhaps Will Take Charge could use a little break at some point if he’s going to be at his best in the fall.

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Nonna Reese Can Get a Little Luckier with Smooth Trip at Santa Anita


Sunday, April 13 – Santa Anita Top Play

Get Started on today’s TimeformUS racecard from Santa Anita

Race Nine
Scheduled local post time 4:42 pm local time

Nonna Reese (5-1 ML) figures to be a nice price today as she makes her third start off the layoff. In her first two, she received awful trips–trips that essentially make her speed figures meaningless.

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On March 20, racing over what was very much a speed-favoring track (note the Race Rating color-coded in dark red, denoting a track strongly favoring speed), she was eliminated at the start but managed to show some interest late in the race. On April 6, her chances were compromised by trouble in two parts of the race, and she finished the race with what looked to be too much gas in the tank, meaning not enough was used during the race.

Today she comes back on a week’s rest for sharp (albeit cold) trainer AC Avila, who is fond of putting no-name riders on his horses–whether the horses are live or not.

According to the TFUS Pace Projector, Nonna Reese will receive a ground-saving mid-pack trip during the first part of the race, which would be fine with us. Indeed, just about any trip that doesn’t look like her last two trips would be fine with us.

Nonna Reese will be making her route debut today. Her Screen Shot 2014-04-13 at 2.22.41 PMPedigree Rating for dirt routes is a middling 64. However, based on watching her races, our opinion is that she can handle the route. In addition, Avila gets a rating of 100 (the maximum) off a relatively small sample of first-time routers.

The play:

Win bet on Nonna Reese.

Use Nonna Reese in exactas under Kid Rollins and A Little Luckier.


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TimeformUS Horses in Focus for Sunday


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 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. 

Keeneland, Race 3 – Moon Back More, #8

Has raced well off layoff.

Has good race over this track.

Owns best late pace rating in field.

Barn going well (two winners yesterday)

5-2 morning line.


Keeneland, Race 6 – Transportation, #4

Easy winner only synth try; pedigree rating of 87 for synthetic routes.

Half-brother to multiple distance graded stakes winner Alternation should love extra ground.

Trainer has rating of 100 for horses running second off layoff.

8-1 morning line.


Keeneland, Race 7 – Seruni, #5

Owns top Spotlight figure in field (116).

Back grass figures match up extremely well here.

Pace Projector places him in prime tracking position behind leaders.

5-1 morning line.


Santa Anita, Race 1:

Prime Issue, the 4 horse:

Pace Projector shows him on early lead.

Speed figures are competitive in here.

Trainer has been getting a lot of big efforts out of his horses.

3-1 on ML.


Santa Anita, Race 7:

Bench Press, the 1 horse:

Pace Projector shows him just off the early lead.

Ran very strong speed figures in last two races (90, then 93).

Can battle for early lead and cut corner in race that is knee-deep in early speed.

4-1 on ML.

Santa Anita, Race 9:

Nonna Reese, the 4 horse:

Troubled trips in last two starts.

Goes 3rd off the layoff today.

Goes first-route for AC Avila, who is strong with that move.

5-1 on ML.


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In Search of a Supporting Cast for Star Act at Santa Anita


Saturday, April 12 – Santa Anita Top Play

Get Started on today’s TimeformUS racecard from Santa Anita

Race Three
Scheduled local post time 1:29 pm local time

Despite drawing a bad post, Star Act looks extremely strong in this turf route for three-year-old fillies.

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She has improved her speed figure in every single start. She is fresh off an 85, which she earned despite going very wide around the far turn. With Gary Stevens engaged elsewhere, she gets in light with the switch to a talented apprentice. She has been visually impressive in her races. She has faced strong competition. Her trainer is having a fantastic meet. She simply looks like too much for this field. But there won’t be a lot of price here (9-5 on the ML). So let’s see if we can squeeze something out of the exotics.

We do not care for Sedona Gal, who received a perfect trip in her last start and came up painfully empty in the stretch. Nor do we love the way that La Pequena Gigi ran down the hill last time. Both of these fillies will take some money today.

Disregarded draws the perfect post position to get the ground-saving pocket trip that plays so well on this course, and she has run relatively strong speed figures in her first two starts.

Cryptic is a first-time starter who goes for a barn that doesn’t win much with firsters. However, she has a decent Pedigree Rating (a 76) for this turf route, and she has been training well.

Lethal Story returns to grass today as she goes 2nd off the layoff. She has done her best work on grass–by a considerable margin. And she figures to be a very big price (20-1 ML).

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The Play:

Win bet on Star Act.

Single Star Act in horizontal exotics.

Exactas and trifectas: Star Act over Disregarded, Cryptic, and Lethal Story.

Trifectas: Star Act with Cryptic, Disregarded, Sedona Gal, La Pequena Gigi with Lethal Story.


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