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

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The Preview Page
The Fast PPs
• Result Charts
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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
Enhanced Foreign Running Lines
• Running Style and Early/Late 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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TimeformUS Horses in Focus for Sunday April 19th at Aqueduct, Keeneland, and Santa Anita

 

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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.


TimeformUS Horses in Focus

AQUEDUCT Race 3:

#7 No Shanks

Had trouble at the break in last start, which gave her a tough wide trip all the way.

Found a couple of tough spots at Saratoga as a 2yo, including second start, when forced to chase a fast pace.

Good post on the outside today, which may lead to a better trip stalking the pace.

3/1 on ML.

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AQUEDUCT Race 5:

#2 Rose of Sicily

Raced very greenly in debut over a muddy track.

Trainer gets strong 97 rating with second-time starters.

Drops down a bit, and switches to go-to rider for this barn.

3/1 on ML.

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AQUEDUCT Race 6:

#2 Sentiero Italia

Appeared to be a horse in need of debut when failing to break sharply, and then racing on with late interest.

Adds lasix for second start (98 rating for trainer First Time Lasix, 100 with Second-Time Starters).

Has big pedigree for improvement (100 Breeding Rating for turf routes) as a half-sister to the Grade 1 turfer Ashkal Way (TFUS Speed Figure top of 123 on grass).

8/1 on ML.

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KEENELAND Race 5:

#12 Carta de Oro

Paired up TFUS Speed Figures of 78 in first two career starts fit well here, and she was a 2yo when she ran those.
Had little chance to impact race dominated up front (first 3 finishers were that way throughout the running) in 3yo debut.

Pace Projector shows a spread-out field through the early stages, which should allow her to get a position from her outside post.

15/1 on ML

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KEENELAND Race 7:

#4 Compass Rose

TFUS Speed Figures earned in first two career starts (85 & 87) are among the best in this field on dirt.

Won her only start over this track, despite receiving a wide trip all the way around.

Pace Projector places her in perfect position early.

8/1 on ML.
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SANTA ANITA Race 4:

Momma Tried, the 5 horse:

Form has been obscured by bad trips.

Trainer gets 91 rating with claimers down in class.

Appreciate added distance.

12-1 on ML.
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SANTA ANITA Race 6:

This is War, the 6 horse:

Tariner gets 92 rating with third-time starters.

Trainer gets 100 rating with this rider.

Training very well for this.

3-1 on ML.
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GOLDEN GATE Race 2:

Up to Speed, the 1 horse:

Pace Projector shows her well off of projected fast pace.

Ran strong 71 speed figure in last start.

Trainer gets 94 rating when returning on short rest.

3-1 on ML.
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GOLDEN GATE Race 9:

Sneezy Beezy, the 7 horse:

Pace Projector shows her on early lead in race favoring speed.

Goes third off the layoff today.

Trainer gets 90 rating with this rider.

7-2 on ML.
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Aqueduct’s Sunday Highlight Horse: Sentiero Italia è vivo 8/1 shot

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>Aqueduct / April 18th / Race 6 /  3:55 PM EDT

Race 6 is a tough MSW for fillies and mares on the grass. Both the ML favorite, #3 Trophee, and the ML second choice, #5 Casual Smile, have something to offer, and it would be no surprise to find them running 1-2 when all is said and done. On the other hand, those two horses have combined to lose 9 straight races as the favorite. Of the two of them, we find the most to fear from Trophee, who has seemed to be genuinely unlucky on more than one occasion since arriving stateside for Christophe Clement.

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As an alternative to the two favorites, we will try #2 Sentiero Italia. A well-bred (Breeding Rating of 100 for turf routes) and well-connected filly, Sentiero Italia will be making just her second start today, and we think her debut was a perfect race for her to build upon. After failing to break sharply from the gate in that spot, she wound up outrun through the early stages. She moved clear as the field approached the stretch, and, while she had too much ground to cover to be a real threat in there, she finished up with some late interest and then continued on past the wire.

Trainer Kiaran McLaughlin gets a perfect 100 rating with second-time starters, and he will give Sentiero Italia lasix for the first time today (98 trainer rating with that move).

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Aqueduct’s Saturday Highlight Horse: Loon River comes in off troubled trip at Tampa

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>Aqueduct / April 18th / Race 7  /  4:26 PM EDT

There is plenty going on in today’s 7th race at Aqueduct, a 1 1/16-mile turf race for NY-breds. #7 Lady Bling starts back after making a promising appearance last year for a highly underrated trainer. #9 Detail switches back to turf for Chad Brown after breaking through on the dirt last time. And #2 Jackie Black and #10 Graeme Crackers will both be switching to turf for the first time with some pedigree to back them up.

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But the horse we want to bet on is #3 Loon River. Loon River looked good on turf as a 2yo in NY, and she broke her maiden convincingly upn stretching out for the first time toward the end of the year. Sent to Florida for the winter, she found a couple of tougher spots at Gulfstream, including an ill-advised try in the Grade 3 Sweetest Chant stakes. Her last start came in a more reasonable race at Tampa, and Loon River got back to her 2yo top of 74 in that race. That is a good sign for her going forward, and, to us, she likely ran even better than that figure would indicate, considering the trip she had in that race. She was in a perfect position to attack the fast pace in that race (note Pace Figures/fractions shaded red), but her rider never took her clear when he had the chance, and Loon River wound up running up behind a wall of horses at a crucial moment in the stretch. That she was able to alter all the way out to the clear past midstretch and still close to just miss in that race is to her credit, and we think it indicates that she is an improved horse at 3.

She will likely have to deliver her best race vs. this field, but we like what we saw from her at two, and we think she took the step forward last time.

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TimeformUS Horses in Focus for Saturday April 18th: Aqueduct, Keeneland, and Santa Anita

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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.


TimeformUS Horses in Focus

AQUEDUCT Race 7:

#3 Loon River

Got back to his 2yo top TFUS Speed Figure in his most recent start (74).

Did so despite getting into stretch trouble.

That 74 is the top figure on turf in the field.

9/2 on ML.

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AQUEDUCT Race 8:

#5 Old Upstart

Has earned TFUS Speed Figures of 98 and 100 in 2 starts on fast dirt for these connections.

Turns back for trainer getting strong 92 rating Route to Sprint.

Can be up close in race lacking for much other speed.

5/1 on ML.

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AQUEDUCT Race 9:

#4 Andalusite

Good debut at Saratoga despite finding plenty of traffic through the stretch.

Improved in second start vs. a much better field (winner has now won 4 straight, including two stakes).

Trainer has consistently had success with turf runners on this course in the spring, and won with his first turf runner at this meet on Thurdsay.

9/2 on ML.

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KEENELAND Race 7:

#1 Nexrad

Got good prep in debut when racing on through the stretch behind a pair of next-out winners.

Mott is better with second-time starters (83 rating).

Good post on the inside.

6/1 on ML.

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KEENELAND Race 9:

#4 Unitarian

Won this race last year vs. a slightly better field.

Should have enough pace to close into with Optimizer entered once again (he set a fast pace in last year’s edition).

Owns top Late Pace Rating for turf in the field (104).

9/2 on ML.
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SANTA ANITA Race 2:

Blushing Angel, the 3 horse:

Was running strong speed figures before long layoff.

Trainer gets 87 rating off of layoffs.

Training beautifully for this.

3-1 on ML.
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SANTA ANITA Race 7:

Tangelo, the 2 horse:

Pace Projector shows her in 4th-place early in race projected to have slow pace.

Trainer gets 87 rating third off the layoff.

Chance to hit board at huge price.

20-1 on ML.
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GOLDEN GATE Race 2:

Sold Short, the 2 horse:

Pace Projector puts him in second place early in race favoring speed.

Ran strong 81 speed figure two starts back.

Trainer gets 83 rating with this rider.

4-1 on ML.

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Saturday Stakes Preview: Making the case for a 20-1 shot in the Santa Barbara at Santa Anita

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>Go to the PPs for the Santa Barbara Stakes / Post Time 3:34 PDT

The Grade 3, $150,000 Santa Barbara Handicap has a field of nine fillies and mares going a mile and 1/4 on the grass. The highweight, at 120 pounds, is Diversy Harbor, who has a Grade 2 victory under her belt. The most-accomplished horse in the field, one could argue, is the New Zealand-bred Habibi, who won two Group 2s and a Group 1 in New Zealand and has the biggest bankroll in the field.

According to the TimeformUS Pace Projector, the early leader, by a comfortable margin, will be Fanticola. Habibi is in second place, followed by Three Hearts.

Here is the field in post position order, with morning line odds in parentheses:

Three Hearts (7-2): Proven at a distance longer than today’s, and comes in off a lifetime-top speed figure of 103 in the Grade 2 Santa Ana, a race in which she forced the (average) pace while two-wide and finished ahead of, among others, Queen of The Sand and Diversy Harbor. Projects for a comfortable trip today and is a strong contender with red-hot Tyler Baze riding. Indeed, Three Hearts may prove capable of getting the sort of trip that Tyler Baze is particularly adept at working out in turf routes: the covered-up, rail-skimming suck-along trip.

Tangelo (20-1): Four-year-old goes third off the layoff here. In her last start, she fell a neck short against vastly weaker competition. It was a Cal-bred bottom-level allowance race, and it received a Race Rating that is 16 points lower than the preliminary Race Rating for today’s race. The filly who beat her, Chati’s On Top, had failed six times at the identical race condition. Tangelo also has the worst speed figures in this field. In other words, she has acquired her 20-1 ML odds honestly. Nonetheless, we see (or at least think we see) some reasons for optimism. Tangelo remains lightly raced.

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Her trainer gets an 87 rating third off the layoff. She has handled her previous distance tests pretty well, suggesting that the extra distance here is within her scope. She paired her top speed figure second off the layoff and has nice timing again today. And, most important of all (to us): We just plain like the way she ran last time. We like the way she looked. So we are willing to take a shot today, at huge odds, even though she is overmatched on paper.

Fanticola (4-1): Sentimental favorite of ours today. Figures to control the pace, which should give her a decent chance to outrun any apparent distance limitations. Trained by Phil D’Amato, who learned under Mike Mitchell. Mitchell surrounded himself with people of the absolute highest quality (both at work and at home), and so it is no surprise that D’Amato has proven to be a superb trainer. Every single horse he puts on the racetrack needs to be taken seriously. Contender in a race that is full of contenders.

Queen of the Sand (9-2): A match for any of these on numbers, she ran a dull race in the Santa Ana off the layoff, and her trainer gets only a 52 rating in second-off-the-layoff situations. She has a strong Late Pace rating but will have to work out a trip from well off the pace. We don’t love her on top at what figure to be unexciting odds.

Walk Close (6-1): Christophe Clement filly ships to Santa Anita off a 154-day layoff. Clement gets a perfect 100 rating off of layoffs of comparable length and a 93 rating with horses switching circuits. Walk Close has won off of a longer layoff. She has the right rider for a race like this one. She has good distance breeding and is still relatively lightly raced. Her speed figures are a trifle light in here, but she is another contender in a race that is full of them.

Diversy Harbor (3-1): ML favorite is a gem of consistency, has strong speed figures, handles the distance, won a Grade 2 two back, has the best Late Pace rating in the field, has a top trainer and rider, and is the most obvious sort of contender. But in a race this contentious, we do not want her on top at what figure to be low odds. We will let her beat us.

Industrial Policy (8-1): Nasty trip two back. Friendly trip last time, and it resulted in a second-place finish in an allowance race that included Habibi. We believe that her race two back was better than her most-recent race, and we consider her a contender if she gets back to it and works out a trip under what may prove to be difficult circumstances for her.

Habibi (6-1): Six-year-old mare goes second off the layoff, a 91 rating for her Hall of Fame trainer. Has numbers in Australia and New Zealand that would probably win this race. Mandella uses one of his favorite riders today (he gets a 99 rating with Prat). Proven at today’s distance and beyond. Dangerous.

Arethusa (12-1): Goes third off the layoff (a 68 rating for Eoin Harty) from a less-than-ideal post. May have found a home on turf, but, back-class aside, she’ll have to show us one more round of improvement before we endorse her in a race like this one.

The play (assuming huge odds on Tangelo):

Win bet on Tangelo.

Tangelo underneath in exotics.

Use Tangelo and Three Hearts in multi-race wagers.

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TimeformUS Horses in Focus for Friday April 17th at Aqueduct, Keeneland, and Santa Anita

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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.


Horses in Focus
AQUEDUCT Race 1:

#5 Dulcify

Earned TFUS Speed Figure of 86 in two of last three starts, a repeat of which would fit very well in this race.

Trainer doesn’t wheel back on short rest often but has had success with this move.

Projects for up-close trip in race expected to favor runners on or near the early lead.

7/2 on ML.
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AQUEDUCT Race 6:

#3 Weekend Hottie

Thought she ran well with a less-than-ideal trip first time out.

Trainer saddled turf winner here Wednesday on the ship up from Florida.

Half-sister Unbelievable Dream was a Grade 3 winner on turf for Tagg a few years ago.

8/1 on ML.

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AQUEDUCT Race 7:

#5 Noble Moon

Has run well in all 4 one-turn races he has tried.

Has run well fresh in the past.

Ran deceptively well in Cigar Mile after being shut off at the break and then racing widest into the stretch vs. that gold rail.

5/2 on ML.

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KEENELAND Race 5:

#1 Stormy Rocit

Excellent effort to win three starts back despite a very tough trip.

Was caught up dueling a fast pace two back, and was in too tough last time.

Pace Projector indicates that he can make the early lead from his inside post.

7/2 on ML.

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KEENELAND Race 6:

#3 Broken Cloud

Earned solid 84 speed figure in good debut–behind the two-time graded stakes-placed Ami’s Flatter.

Trainer gets a 100 rating first-time dirt and a 97 rating first-time lasix.

5/1 on ML.

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SANTA ANITA Race 1:

Architop, the 1 horse:

Pace Projector shows him just off the early lead.

Trainer gets 96 rating going sprint to route.

Trainer gets 99 rating with this rider.

3-1 on ML.
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SANTA ANITA Race 6:

Easter Lillian, the 9 horse:

Difficult trip in last start.

Trainer gets 87 rating with horses making second start from his barn.

Trained well since last start.

8-1 on ML.
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SANTA ANITA Race 8:

Sparkling Peg, the 10 horse:

Pace Projector shows her on clear early lead.

Ran strong 75 speed figure in last start.

Earned strong pace figures in last start.

7-2 on ML.
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GOLDEN GATE Race 7:

Mucho Macho Dan, the 2 horse:

Pace Projector shows him in the early lead.

Strong speed figures on synthetic.

Decent turf breeding.

Trainer gets 87 rating with this rider.

2-1 on ML.

 

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Aqueduct’s Friday Highlight Horse: Dulcify set to make quick turnaround in Race 1

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>Aqueduct / April 17th / Race 1  /  1:20 EDT

Race 1: #5 Dulcify returns to NY on short rest after defeating allowance horses at Parx just 6 days ago. She earned a TFUS Speed Figure of 86 for that effort, the second 86 she has earned from her last three starts, and a repeat of that kind of race is going to give her a big chance in today’s first race.

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She has faced some better horses than this since switched over to dirt at the beginning of 2015, in particular two starts back, when unable to get into contention over a speed-favoring track (note Race Rating Box shaded red). She was also against a speed-favoring track in her NY debut back in January (Race Rating Box red again), and she raced on very gamely in that spot.

She has to come back quickly, but if she can handle it, we think she has found the kind of field against which she can make it back-to-back victories, and she projects for a good trip tracking up close to the pace of #3 She’s Stones Sis, who is making her first start back from a long layoff.

 

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