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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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How TimeformUS is Different

summerblogadTimeformUS 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.

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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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Del Mar Top Play: Susan B Good’s multiple moves hint at a breakthrough

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>Del Mar / July 23 / Race 2 / 5:35 PDT

This Cal-bred Maiden Special Weight has 12 fillies and mares going 1 1/16 on the grass, and Susan B Good looks to be sitting on a strong effort.

According to the TFUS Pace Projector, she will find herself in a nice stalking spot today. She had a difficult trip in her last start. After breaking from the middle of the gate, she cleared the horses to her inside, but then she had to contend with Euroclydon, who was sent to the lead from post 12. Susan B Good engaged for the lead for a quarter of a mile and earned a strong pace figure of 96. Then she did something else we liked. She backed out of the duel and settled. Then she made a three-wide move around the far turn and remained strong all the way to the wire, which was impressive in light of her earlier efforts. Horses able to make two distinct moves in a race are often telegraphing that they will show improvement soon.

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For her effort, Susan B Good earned a speed figure of 82. This is the best last-out speed figure in the field. Susan B Good’s trainer, Doug O’Neill, is off to a decent start at the meet. This is significant because O’Neill is particularly prone to streaks–hot ones, to be sure, and cold ones where his horses are best avoided.

Rider Kent Desormeaux is one of our favorite racetrack people. We are overjoyed to see him giving some rides that look like the ones he gave when he was at his best. Susan B Good is our selection.

The play:

Win bet on Susan B Good.

Protect in exotics, over and under, with Euroclydon, Three Blondes, and the dangerous-looking longshot Stylish in Black.

 

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Saratoga Top Play: Turf Sprint Suits All Mine Tonight (8-1ML) in the 10th

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Saratoga / July 23 / Race 10 / 5:15 EDT

At first glance, All Mine Tonight (#1, 8-1) may not appear to be the most likely of winners in today’s finale, a 5.5-furlong race over the turf course for NY-bred fillies and mares. She hasn’t run since early January, when she was beaten over 10 lengths as the favorite. The last time she ran on turf, she finished 9th in a field of 12 runners and was again over 10 lengths behind at the finish. While her lone win did come in her only turf sprint start, she won by a short nose that day after a perfect trip and received a lowly TimeformUS Speed Figure of 62.

Still, it is that lone win that makes us think that there is more to this horse than first meets the eye, and we’re going to make her our Saratoga Top Play for Wednesday.

While that turf sprint win back in June of last year may not have come back the strongest race on figures, there is still plenty to like about All Mine Tonight’s performance that day. She was returning from a long layoff in that spot (270 days). She faced a talented rival in runner-up Atlantic’s Smile, who was favored that day, had a recency advantage on All Mine Tonight, and got a perfect trip of her own in that spot. Atlantic’s Smile has also gone on to win three times since that race, and would certainly be a clear-cut favorite were she eligible to participate in this race.

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With all that, we think that race is quite a bit better than it may look, leading us to believe that All Mine Tonight is at her best when sprinting on the grass, which she has not had a chance to do since. She returns from another layoff in this spot (running fresh worked fine for her in her winning effort), and she has improved her figures while racing mostly on dirt over the past year.

The play:

We are betting All Mine Tonight to win at anything over 5/1 in this race, but only if our efforts to be alive to her in the late-card multi-race exotics fail.

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TimeformUS Horses in Focus for Wednesday July 23

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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 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 7:

#11 One More Song

First-time starter is a half to 3 turf winners.

Trainer scores a perfect 100 rating with runners debuting in turf routes.

Trainer went 4-for-8 with first-time starters on turf at this meet last year.

10/1 on ML.

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Saratoga Race 9:

#3 Duff One

Made promising start to career on turf here last summer.

Earned a pair of speed figures on turf at Gulfstream over the winter that are very competitive with the favorites in this race.

Got a couple of starts in early on the calendar, but is making what is essentially her 3yo debut today, and is eligible to be ready to improve off the layoff.

20/1 on ML

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Saratoga Race 10:

#1 All Mine Tonight

Lone win came in only turf sprint start, and came off of a long layoff, as well.

Defeated a talented horse in that race.

Went on to improve her form on the dirt after that win, but this may be her preferred surface.

TFUS Top Play at Saratoga today.

8/1 on ML.
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Del Mar Race 2:

Susan B Good, the 9 horse:

Pace Projector shows her getting a nice stalking trip.

Has the best last-out speed figure in the race: an 82.

Ran this number despite a difficult trip.

5-2 on ML.
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Del Mar Race 8:

Dry Summer, the 2 horse:

Pace Projector shows him racing far off a pace that is projected to be fast.

Ran solid race on grass two back, earning speed figure of 101.

Makes first start for Diodoro, who has become extremely dangerous in these parts.

20-1 on ML.

 

 

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Today in Racing, July 22, 2014

Awesome four-horse blanket finish Screen shot 2014-07-22 at 8.35.32 AMin Monday’s second at Saratoga, a turf sprint for 2yo fillies who were all making their debuts.  Man, you gotta love the flying finishes in turf races when the horses are actually finishing with vim and vigor, as opposed to your precious dirt racing which is, more often than not, a case of who is less tired than whom. Here’s a link to the replay.

I wouldn’t have paid a penny for a ticket on Rainha Da Bateria ($15) – a real mouthful for track announcer John Imbriale – mid-stretch considering how far back she was at that point; quite the unlikely rally!  The early pace, while not insanely fast, was contested enough so that the 3rd and 4th place finishers – the former being the Chad Brown bet-down favorite Partisan Politics – were assigned the higher TFUS Speed Figures by virtue of being closer to the pace.  (More on our speed figures here.)

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The winner, the second of the meet for trainer Graham Motion, earned $49,800 towards her $435,000 price tag at Keeneland last fall.  She’s by Broken Vow, out of Amelia (Dixieland Band); and this is quite an illustrious female family.  Rainha Da Bateria has a host of winning siblings, including the grass stakes winners Assateague and Kindergarden Kid; the latter having won up to a mile and a half, a good indication that Rainha Da Bateria is eligible to improve as she stretches out.  Her third dam is the blue hen mare Courtly Dee.

Two winners on the day for trainer Nick Zito, including Tony B ($13.20), who made a mockery of the 4th race, one of those cheap 20K maiden claimers that we were told we’d be seeing less of this meet. (Just wait until we get to around week 4.)   He won by 11 despite being washy during the warm-up and then fractious in the gate as reported by the chart caller. I guess this field wasn’t that good considering that this horse’s PPs coming into the race looked like this:

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It was here on August 17 last year that this son of Old Fashioned, purchased for a cool half million after no doubt running a hole in the wind at the Fasig-Tipton 2yo-in-training sale, debuted against the likes of Strong Mandate and Tapiture.  We imagine it may have been a little bittersweet for the owners standing in the winners circle thinking about what hasn’t been with their expensive purchase and, perhaps, lamenting that he wasn’t claimed. Tony B is out of a Coronado’s Quest half-sister to the speedy stakes winner Willa on the Move (the one foaled in 1999).  He earned a TFUS speed figure of 83.

It was also last August 17 at Saratoga when Sandy’z Slew ($4.70) last saw the winners circle before taking Monday’s 7th race, for trainer Richard Schosberg, who also had a close second with 17-1 Saturday Appeal on Sunday.  He was assigned a TFUS speed figure of 93.

The featured Shine Again Stakes was scratched down to a field of four, and Better Lucky ($13.20), the longest shot in the field, cut a lonely figure observing the unsustainable pace (22.74 / 21.88 quarter splits to the half in the 7 furlong race) from far behind the other three.  It was her first race on the dirt since May, 2012; she certainly didn’t have to deal with dirt being kicked in her face from back there.  This is the kind of race that the ‘Behind’ button in our result charts does a better job of telling the story than the traditional format, as one can quickly see just how far back she was.

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No, the chart isn’t upside down.  TheTimeformUS Speed Figures are ascendant from 1st to 4th.  Bridgehampton was upgraded from a raw final time figure of 99 in deference to her finishing only a couple of lengths back despite setting that ridiculous pace; while Better Lucky was downgraded a point for taking advantage of it.  Unfortunately for backers of the last place horse, the payouts are not adjusted accordingly.  Here’s the replay:

Churchill shippers generally fare pretty well at the Spa.  After several second place finishes – including Mr. Z, who, as we mentioned here yesterday, just missed in Saturday’s Sanford Stakes – Overton Square ($47.20) became the meet’s first winner who had last raced under the twin spires when he upset the finale, creating a Pick Six carryover of $27,469 heading into tomorrow.  Churchill shippers filled the 3-4-5 slots as well (including the Screen Shot 2014-07-22 at 12.04.42 PM4th place, 3-2 Maker/Ramsey favorite Honor the Kitten). Trained by highly rated Brad Cox, this three-year old son of Congrats was making his first start on turf. Not sure what it is about these grass finales – perhaps the jockeys already have their minds on where they’re going to eat dinner (smallish portions I presume) – but, as was the case with Frankie Dettori on Jet Majesty on Friday….and with Javier Castellano on All Included on Saturday, Shaun Bridgmohan lulled them all to sleep early on.  He went a slow opening half mile (49.46; moderate early pace figures of 83 and 85) and sprinted home from there in quarter splits of 23.38 and 23.32.  Overton Square earned a solid TimeformUS Speed Figure of 93.

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Today in Racing, July 21, 2014

They’re off – you lose – at Saratoga is what one might say to anyone hoping to win this summer’s training title who is not named Todd Pletcher.  The Toddster is off to a flying start with five winners from his first 11 starters after the first three days; with two seconds and a third to boot.  Sure, it’s far too early to hand him the crown, but would anybody really want to have their money on anyone else?

To many, the most confounding of Pletcher’s five winners may have been Coaching Club American Oaks winner Stopchargingmaria; and we say that despite the fact that she won as the 6-5 favorite.  Didn’t matter which speed figures we “experts” were armed with – ours, the Beyers, or BRIS – Unbridled Forever was clearly the faster filly on paper.  We all smugly smirked at all of the know-nothings who were on track to pick up a free Saratoga cap who reflexively flocked toward Pletcher’s filly.  But they all got the last laugh when Stopchargingmaria (by Tale of the Cat) toyed with the “faster” filly, destroying her by five lengths, earning a TFUS Speed Figure of 102 that easily exceeds her prior best of 95. (Her Beyer of 92 is also a career best.)  The winner’s raw final time figure of 103 was downgraded by a point to reflect moderate TimeformUS Pace Figures of 97 / 99 to the 1/2 and 3/4 marks respectively (in what was essentially a steady 24 second per quarter pace to that point).  Here’s the replay:

Three of the Toddster’s four other winners were two-year olds, leading off with Fashion Alert ($2.40). This daughter of Old Fashioned (currently #3 on the second-crop sire list, by earnings) took the opening day Schuylerville after surviving a punishing pace battle with Churchill invader Take Charge Brandi, and managing to get home first in an exhausting and exhausted final furlong that took nearly 14 seconds to complete.  Note, in the result chart below, the big early pace figures and the significant upgrades, in deference to the hot pace, from the raw final time figures to each filly’s TimeformUS Speed Figure.  And yes, Take Charge Brandi actually earned the better speed figure of the two.

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In the opener on Saturday, Kamarius ($11.20) shook off a dead-on-the-board-and-track debut on dirt and scored an easy win on the grass over the heavily-favored Wesley Ward/Frankie Dettori first-time starter Luck of the Kitten.  Son of Candy Ride earned a TFUS Speed Figure of 73.  Kamarius is out of a winning, on grass in France, Atticus mare who also produced Sarach, the winner of the G2 Honeymoon on the grass at Hollywood Park last year.  This is a rich distaff family; the second dam is the multiple Grade 1 winner Gorgeous, and this is the family of the champion turf runner Fantastic Light, as well as numerous other notable winners on both turf and dirt.  And in the 4th that day, Pletcher scored with his first overbet 2YO first-timer of the meet; Blame Jim ($3.90), another easy winner, was assigned a solid TFUS Speed Figure of 87.  A Mike Repole homebred, he is by the Florida Derby runner-up Sharp Humor, out of a winless mare by Deerhound (an obscure, and deceased, stallion son of Danzig, to whom Blame Jim is inbred 4×3).  The dam is a half-sister to Bwana Charlie, who won the Amsterdam at Saratoga, and to the Super Derby winner My Pal Charlie.

The fifth winner for Pletcher was All Included ($3.90), who took the finale on Saturday.  This was a horse who, to be honest, came up light on our speed figures as compared to the Beyers, on which basis he was bet down to that price.  Fair enough.  Having said that, and on the other hand, there was Saturday’s G3 Sanford Stakes for two-year olds, won by Big Trouble ($25.60).  Trained by Anthony Dutrow (one of five trainers tied for second in the early standings with two winners after Sunday), he had the second lowest last-out Beyer (46); but was quite competitive on our numbers with a TimeformUS Speed Figure of 80.  The son of Tiz Wonderful (who won his debut over this track) prevailed right at the wire over fellow 11-1 shot Mr. Z after the two exchanged solid bumps midstretch.  It was quite a lucrative win for the connections, who collected an extra $100,000 – a bonus for winning a 2YO graded stakes at Saratoga after graduating at Belmont – on top of the $90,000 winner’s share. Nice!  The replay of the Sanford is below:

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Saratoga Top Play: Going Wild with Dreamsgonewild (8-1 ML) in the 7th

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Saratoga / July 21 / Race 7 / 4:10 EDT

This turf sprint for NY-breds features several familiar faces from downstate, and, for the most part, the major players in here have been racing against each other without any one of them proving his superiority. The feeling here is that Sandy’z Slew (#10, 5-2) is the horse to beat, as sprinting on the grass may just be his best game, and he got a solid race in off of a short break. On the other hand, he feels like a relatively short price in this race, and while he was defeated by a solid rival in that last one (Ziptronic was winning for the 8th time in his career), that was a race that held together up front.

We want to take a shot against the Mr Rosenthals and Western Trysts of the world and Screen Shot 2014-07-21 at 12.17.24 PMtry Dreamsgonewild (#9, 8-1) off the layoff. Last seen winning a turf sprint at the Meadowlands last October, Dreamsgonewild has fired almost without fail in turf sprints throughout his career, and he came to Saratoga last year to defeat a stronger field than this one (race rating for that race was 101, as compared to today’s 96), earning a new top TimeformUS Speed Figure of 100. He picks up John Velazquez once again, and they have teamed up for two wins and a close 3rd-place finish in three starts together in NY.
We think that Dreamsgonewild could be a handful in here if he’s ready for something approaching his best effort off the bench, and he is a square price at 8/1 on the ML.

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The play:

We’ll play Dreamsgonewild to win at 8-1 and use him in exactas with #s 2, 6, 10, and 11.

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TimeformUS Horses in Focus for Monday, July 21

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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 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 1:

#5 Cuantos

Raced greenly in his debut while appearing to resent early kickback.

Still managed to reach contention before fading late behind a much-the-best winner.

Eligible to improve with that experience.

10/1 on ML

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Saratoga, Race 5:

#8 Isn’tlovejustgrand

Returned to turf this year and recorded a pair of strong efforts downstate.

Did a ton of work last time and lost to a horse who received a perfect trip.

Has won three times previously over this track and trip.

7/2 on ML.

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Saratoga, Race 7:

#9 Dreamsgonewild

Has run some of the best turf-sprint figures in the field.

Is a new face up against a familiar group of horses that have failed to impress much this year.

Came to Saratoga to win over this course/distance last summer, and posted a career top 100 TimeformUS Speed Figure in the process.

He is our Top Play at Saratoga today.

8/1 on ML.

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Saratoga, Race 8:

#3 Bridgehampton

Has sharp speed, and projects to make the front ahead of some talented rivals who have questions to answer.

Pace Projector indicates that the race shape will favor frontrunners.

Switches back to rider who gets a perfect 100 rating with this trainer.

5/1 on ML.

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