Welcome to the TimeformUS Blog

Hello and welcome to the TimeformUS blog!

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

Visit TimeformUS.com

More TimeformUS How-To Videos

How to use TimeformUS Past Performances
TimeformUS Help Legend (PDF)
The Preview Page
The Fast PPs
• Result Charts
• The Race Finder Tool

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
Enhanced Foreign Running Lines
• Running Style and Early/Late Ratings

Posted in Welcome to TimeformUS | 2 Comments

How TimeformUS is Different

topbanner
TimeformUS
 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.
Watch The Video>>
Learn More >>

2) Our Pace Projector
The breakthrough timesaver that tells you where they’re gonna be early in a race, and more.
Watch The Video>>
Learn More >>

3) Race Ratings
The TimeformUS Race Ratings help you quickly understand the quality of any race.
Watch The Video>>
Learn More >>

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.
Learn More >>

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.
Learn More >>

6) Timeform Foreign Running Lines for shippers
TimeformUS PPs offer unparalleled info on horses who previously ran overseas.
Learn More >>

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.
Learn More >>

8)  Simplified but smart TimeformUS Trainer Ratings
Our Trainer Ratings show you instantly how a trainer performs overall and in specific situations.
Watch The Video>>
Learn More >>

9) TimeformUS Race Finder
Use our Race Finder to quickly and easily find the types of races you like to play.
Watch The Video>>
Learn More >>

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.
Learn More >>

Visit TimeformUS.com, or see below for even MORE ways in which TimeformUS is different:

Posted in Product Features, Welcome to TimeformUS | Tagged , , , , , | 2 Comments

Del Mar Top Play: 20-1 Patriotic Lion shows improving TimeformUS Speed Figures

topbanner

>Del Mar / September 1 / Race 11 / 7:05 PDT

This restricted claiming sprint has a field of 12 and a morning line favorite, No Ez Money, who we believe will go off at odds below his morning line odds of 7-2. No Ez Money is the strongest horse on our speed figures, but he is a frontrunner who figures to have to work hard to clear this field early. In addition, he is untested on synthetic surfaces. We are going to use him defensively and focus our play on the longshot (20-1 ML) Patriotic Lion.

Patriotic Lion is 1 for 32 lifetime. However, his lone win came only two starts back–in only his second start for trainer Kristin Mulhall, who has had a fine meet.

In his most recent start, at this same class level, Patriotic Lion broke outward and then got knocked sideways. Then he recovered to stalk fast fractions while racing wide. Eventually, he managed to wear down all the horses in front of him, finishing third in a race that was dominated by closers. For this effort he received a speed figure of 79, which is competitive with every horse in the race except the favorite.

Patriotic Lion will be making his fourth start off the layoff today. In his three starts since the layoff (which was accompanied by the trainer switch), he has improved his figure from 67 to 70 to 79. And he has a synthetic back figure of 94, suggesting that this five-year-old might be able to take another step forward today.

2014-09-01_15-34-16

 

Patriotic Lion has run his race around two turns. So the added distance is no concern. What is a concern is the possibility that he will pop the gate and engage for the lead. However, Patriotic Lion has shown that he can rate kindly off the pace, and that is the obvious strategy in here, with a talented speedburner drawn down on the rail. Patriotic Lion is our selection.

The play:

Win bet on Patriotic Lion.

Exactas under No Ez Money, Tribal Dude, and Red Man Run.

Trifectas under the same three horses.

Posted in Race Previews | Tagged | Leave a comment

Saratoga Top Play: Abilio (12/1 ML) looks live to wire the field

topbanner

>Saratoga/ September 1 / Race 6 / 3:42 EDT

Abilio is not the kind of horse who appears to be all that enticing as a Top Play prospect, at least at first glance. After all, he hasn’t won a race since April…of 2012. That dry run covers 17 races, but mere accounting doesn’t tell the entire story about this horse.

Of those 17 losses, 12 have come in a stakes race of some kind, and one of those was a dirt race. So feel free to throw that one out. A quick check of our Race Ratings for the fields that Abilio has found himself up against, dating back to his last winning effort, reveals that he has been facing some tough customers and, despite not winning, has been holding his own.

The thing with Abilio is, he has always been a horse who is at his best when on the early lead. Of his four career wins on grass, three of them came in wire-to-wire fashion. The other came over soft ground (a positive development for today’s race, since the course is less than firm after rain yesterday) when he sat a perfect trip tracking a pair of longshots on the lead.

2014-09-01_11-41-53

Abilio has run twice this year, and he ran 9 times in 2013. Of those 11 races, he has been on the early lead exactly once. The result that day was an extremely game 4th-place finish against the top NY-bred turf horses in training, and it earned him a 109 TimeformUS Speed Figure.

Abilio has drawn the outside post for today’s race, but our Pace Projector indicates that there is no one who can keep him from getting the early lead should he be looking to take it. We think that if he uses his speed to take control of this race right away, he has a good chance to finally put another win on the board.

The play:

Win bet on Abilio.

Exacta with Depeche Chat. Smaller reverse exacta with those two.

Posted in Race Previews | Leave a comment

TimeformUS Horses in Focus for Labor Day

topbannerHand-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 5:

#5 Keen’s Cupla

Switches from turf back to dirt, and cuts back in distance.

Tough trip on a wide chase all the way when last on dirt.

Gets a positive rider change for this.

6/1 on ML.

—————————–

Saratoga Race 6:

#11 Abilio

Has plenty of early speed and has always been at his best when able to make the front.

Pace Projector indicates that he is fastest early in this race, and places him on the lead.

Should be set for best third off the layoff, and his best race makes him very tough in here.

He is the TimeformUS Top Play at Saratoga today.

12/1 on ML.

—————————–

Del Mar Race 1:

Ryderroo, the 10 horse:

In a tie for best last-out speed figure in the race with a 79.

Speed figures have been improving.

Should work out decent stalking trip from this post.

6-1 on ML.
—————————————-
Del Mar Race 9:

Parranda, the 7 horse:

Fought a speed bias in last start.

Gets back on grass today.

Has series of strong speed figures on grass and is proven at this class level.

3-1 on ML.
————————————————
Del Mar Race 11:

Patriotic Lion, the 11 horse:

Had trouble at the start in most recent race.

Then stalked a fast pace.

Improved his speed figure in each start since the layoff.

20-1 on ML.

Posted in Race Previews | Leave a comment

Stakes Preview – The Grade 2 Yellow Ribbon Handicap at Del Mar

topbanner

>Del Mar/ September 1 / Race 9 / 6:05 PDT

The Grade 2 Yellow Ribbon Handicap, the 9th race on Monday’s Labor Day card, reunites many of “the usual suspects” of the local older filly/mare turf crowd. Four of the competitors just faced each other in the John C. Mabee stakes, but we’re going to go with one who skipped that race.

That horse is #7 Parranda, who took a daring shot at a Grade 1 event on synthetic instead. A turf specialist, Parranda had had only one previous try over anything other than turf, and that was a dismal try over the Monmouth mud back in June of 2013. Of course, synthetic is (for some horses) more similar to turf than it is to dirt, but still, it would have been hard to expect a top effort from this mare against Grade 1 company. However, she more than held her own, coming from last to finish a willing third against the grain of a legitimately speed-biased track. It was a valiant try, and came on the heels of a win on turf in the Grade 2 Royal Heroine stakes against Moulin De Mougin, the horse who won the aforementioned Mabee Stakes. Her races before that were all solid efforts against many of the horses in today’s race.

2014-08-31_15-43-55

Of the Mabee competitors, I like #1 Stormy Lucy the best. While she finished behind Wishing Gate and Cozze Up Lady in that race, she had the roughest trip. Sitting at the back while Wishing Gate loped along up front, she commenced a powerful but premature move into the turn, hoping to catch the leaders napping. It didn’t work; the horses in front of her reacted by making their moves at the same time, and she was pushed four-wide the entire turn. She kept on coming, unable to gain in the lane but never really flattening out either. With the inside post today, she should get a nice ground-saving trip and be very tough. She’s a very solid mare–possibly the best of this group on her top performance–who went through a bit of a dull phase but who signaled a return to form with that last race.

#5 Cozze Up Lady hasn’t run a number worse than 102 on turf since turning four, and her effort in the Mabee wasn’t bad either. In the watchdog spot behind Wishing Gate, she came to that one in the stretch, couldn’t quite get by that unpressured leader, and simply got caught by the ground-saving Moulin De Mougin. She seems to be getting better and better, and her tactical speed makes her a major threat.

But what about #6 Wishing Gate? Was that surprise speed in the Mabee something that could recur? Would it give her a tactical edge? Both questions are hard to answer. To the first: It’s not as if she added blinkers, so the fact that this mare, who had been third or better at the first call in only one of her thirteen other races, was a loose leader is hard to explain. There wasn’t much other speed, though, and it may simply have been a tactical decision by the rider. Today, with #2 Need You Now in the race, it is much less likely that she will have the same advantage of getting a clear lead. She seems worth going against today, as does #9 Miss Serendipity, who has beaten this group on a couple occasions, but who has a poor post today, and who really came up empty in the Mabee. She’s best when she can sit right off slow fractions and stalk, but Cozze Up Lady seems more likely to be sitting where she would want to.

Of the others, Need You Now is speedy but outclassed. Bunairgead had some good numbers in Ireland but was unable to make any impact from the back despite a fast pace in her American debut, and would have to improve significantly to win this. Heat Du Jour won an ungraded Cal-Bred race while racing behind very quick fractions and still didn’t earn a good number. And Winning Rhythm, equally lacking in early speed, also took advantage of fast fractions to win, but just an allowance with a 96 TFUS race rating. None of this group seems good enough.

The play: Exacta box 1-5-7

Posted in Race Previews | 2 Comments

Del Mar Top Play: 12-1 Garnisheed Wages in the finale, with emphasis on the secondary slots in exotic bets

topbanner

>Del Mar / August 31 / Race 11  / 7:05 PDT

At morning line odds of 12-1, Garnisheed Wages looks like a filly who will offer good value come post time.

Garnisheed Wages has made four starts in her career. Her speed figures, beginning with her debut, are 71 72 79 79. These are competitive numbers in this field. Moreover, in her previous starts, Garnisheed Wages has gotten some trips that were far from ideal. In her last start, for example, she was herded outward at the break, and jockey Martin Pedroza immediately took a strong hold and angled her to the rail, where she was left to languish in last place for the bulk of the race.

Two starts back, she found herself in a tough spot around the far turn, but when finally straightened away in the stretch, she displayed a nice turn of foot in the middle of the racetrack.

2014-08-31_15-30-12
Our hope today is that Pedroza will take advantage of this perfect post position to save ground around the first turn and then get Garnisheed Wages involved in the race a little bit. After all, in her debut and in her race down the hill, she showed that she is not a one-dimensional deep closer.

Realistically, however, typecasting being what it is, there is a good chance that Garnisheed Wages will be ridden in the same manner today that she was in her last two starts. Therefore, we will use Garnisheed Wages heavily underneath.

The play:

Win bet on Garnisheed Wages.

Exactas using Garnisheed Wages under Charm Catcher, Halljoy, Nighttiming, and (especially) Bijoux.

Trifectas requiring Garnisheed Wages and Nighttiming to hit the board and spreading the vacant hole.

Posted in Race Previews | Tagged | Leave a comment

Saratoga Top Play – The Grade 1 Spinaway

summerblogad

>Saratoga/ August 31 / Race 1o / 5:47 EDT

The Grade 1 Spinaway, for 2yo fillies, drew a field of nine and includes seven who will be making just their second career start.

The ML favorite is Todd Pletcher’s Angela Renee. A younger full-sister to the multiple Grade 1 winner To Honor and Serve, Angela Renee impressed in her debut at Belmont. She was able to chase the pace from the outside all the way that day, and still was able to get the best of a stretch duel with Sunday Sonnet, a horse who would come back to win her next start by open lengths. Angela Renee acquitted herself well in the Grade 2 Adirondack last time out, once again chasing the pace and battling gamely, though she would settle for second best at the end in there.

She has valuable experience that most of her competition does not have, and she is the horse to beat on Sunday.

Pletcher will also send out Curalina, a maiden who will skip her available condition to take a shot in this Grade 1 race. She was only second best to a promising High Dollar Woman in her muddy debut, and while she earned a solid 81 TimeformUS Speed Figure for that race, she is going to have to improve quite a bit in order to win this race.

Winter Dawn earned the top last-out speed figure in the field when posting a 93 for her debut win earlier in the meet. That 93 puts her on par with the best race the favorite has run, and she earned it while taking part in a strenuous stretch battle with a heavily favored Pletcher runner. Whether she can come right back with another performance like that one remains to be seen, but she’s clearly a player in here if she does.

We liked the debut win from By the Moon, who won the first baby race on opening day for a trainer having a quietly strong meet up here. She did benefit from a perfect trip in that race, but she defeated a horse who we think has much promise, Ring Knocker, and we like the fact that she has been freshened since that race and that she has continued to train right along in the morning.

Condo Commando is another who won her debut up here earlier in the meet. She started for a $75k tag, but she could hardly have been more impressive in running away from that field in the stretch, and she earned a solid speed figure of 90 for her effort. She didn’t draw well for this race (she’s on the rail), but she’s a danger if working out a trip and running something like her debut race.

We are going to take a shot with a new face in this race. Darling Sky will ship in from Parx for a very sharp trainer, and while her debut win over there wasn’t as highly rated as those of some of her rivals in the Spinaway, to us she appears to be a horse open to vast improvement. She had the requisite speed to be a debut winner at 5 furlongs, and she showed sharp acceleration once asked in the stretch–despite racing very greenly while shifting in late.

The play:

We’re betting Darling Sky to win the Spinaway and will play her in exactas with Angela Renee and By the Moon.

Posted in Race Previews | Leave a comment

TimeformUS Horses in Focus for Sunday, August 31

 

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 8:

#11 T Sizzle

Was best but unlucky in turf debut, when settling for 2nd.

Has to stretch out, but has a three-race foundation under him.

Pace Projector indicates that he has enough speed to land in an up-close tracking trip despite his outside post.

5/1 on ML.

—————————-

SARATOGA Race 10:

#5 Darling Sky

Ships in to try a Grade 1 for a dangerous trainer.

Impressed in her debut despite racing very greenly.

Gets positive change to a strong rider after ducking in and appearing difficult to handle despite convincing debut win.

She is the TimeformUS Top Play at Saratoga today.

8/1 on ML.

—————————-

Del Mar Race 1

Here Comes Chloe, the 3 horse:

Broke slowly and took too long finding stride in debut.

Came back to train like a different horse.

Trainer gets rating of 91 with first route and 94 with second start of career.

5-1 on ML.
———————————————–
Del Mar Race 9:

Aventador, the 6 horse:

Semi-competitive in Group 1 in France.

Ran two strong speed figures (103 then 104) in last two starts in France.

May appreciate cut-back in distance.

8-1 on ML.
————————————————–
Del Mar Race 11:

Garnisheed Wages, the 2 horse:

Has competitive speed figures.

Draws a good post for this.

Can run with these at a price if Pedroza puts her in the race early.

12-1 on ML.

Posted in Race Previews | Leave a comment