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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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

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The TimeformUS Kentucky Derby Package

B2014 Logo - KD140_Primary_Date_PMS_WBG (web)eginning on Monday, April 28th, we’ll offer the TimeformUS Kentucky Derby Package for just $9.99. This package features:

  • Unlimited access to PPs for ALL races at ALL tracks on Kentucky Derby and Kentucky Oaks Day (May 2-3). That’s PPs for all tracks running those days — at Churchill Downs and everywhere else!

All TimeformUS PPs include Speed and Pace Figures, Pace Projectors, Power Picks, Spotlight Ratings, Bias Indicators, and a variety of other features you’ll find ONLY at TimeformUS. See how we’re different >>

  • TimeformUS’s expert handicapping analysis for the best races on Derby and Oaks day. We’ll email you the second these race previews become available.

Check this blog or the TimeformUS.com homepage on Monday, April 28th for information on how to buy our Kentucky Derby Package.

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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. 

Aqueduct Race 2:

Rock Show, the 5 horse:

Has competitive speed figures.

Received deceptively difficult trip in last.

Likes this surface and trip.

10-1 on ML.


Aqueduct Race 5:

North Slope, the 2 horse:

Earned solid speed figure of 104 in last start.

Ran that number despite trailing early in moderately paced race.

Has endured several tough trips, which have dirtied up his form.

5-2 on ML.


Aqueduct Race 7:

A Prettydixie, the 3 horse

Ran one of the best figures of her career on grass last June, despite encountering stretch traffic in that race.

Faced tough pace setup on the inner dirt last out, but did well to hold her position while earning new top figure.

Pace projector has her saving ground off of a fast pace today.

12-1 on ML.


Keeneland, Race 3 – I Am the King, #7

Some good back synth efforts, including top figure in field (101), earned over this track.

Trainer has rating of 99 in low claimers at Keeneland.

12-1 morning line.


Keeneland, Race 4 – Spun Silky, #10

Pace Projector shows her towards rear in race with Fast Pace.

Record of 6-3-0-1 at this distance/surface, with co-best turf sprint figure in field.

Has run well second off layoff.

Rosie back in saddle, won only prior time with her aboard.

5-1 morning line.


Keeneland, Race 5 – El Zohan, #3

Owns top last-out figure in field.

That number came in race which has produced four next-out winners.

Trainer has rating of 91 going route to sprint; 100 third off layoff.

5-1 morning line.


Keeneland, Race 7 – My Merry Way, #7

Pedigree rating of 97 for synth sprints.

Full sister to G1 winner (dirt) Bullsbay, who also won on synth.

Trainer has rating 90 going dirt to synth; 88 first off layoff.

Steady series of synthetic works for this.

4-1 morning line.



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Rock Show at her best in a one-turn mile


Wednesday April 23 – Aqueduct Top Play

Get Started on today’s TimeformUS racecard from Aqueduct

Race Two
Scheduled Local Post Time – 1:51 pm 

At first glance, this low-level claimer for older fillies and mares appears to go straight through ML favorite Guayana. She owns some of the best speed figures in the field, projects for a nice trip either setting or tracking the pace, and has been facing presumably tougher competition down south all winter. If you’re thinking about playing against a strong favorite like this one, you had better have reason to believe that you are on at least some solid ground. After taking a closer look at Guayana, we feel there may be room for some skepticism. Guayana was claimed three starts back from Marcus Vitali, a trainer who is in the midst of a breakout year and is currently sporting a solid 86 Trainer Rating. Prior to joining Vitali’s barn, she was a member of the prolific Calabrese operation, and raced in the care of 100-rated trainers Luis Ramirez and Kirk Ziadie. Even so, Guayana managed only three wins, while settling for seven runner-up finishes.


Guayana now races out of the Gary Contessa barn. Followers of NY racing know that Contessa does a solid job, but a closer look at his Key Trainer Ratings reveals that he underperforms, relative to his overall stats, with horses switching from turf to dirt, as Guayana will be doing today, as well as with dirt routers on this circuit. None of this means that Guayana won’t win this race, but it may make taking a short price on her a little less interesting.


As an alternative to the favorite, Rock Show, at 10-1 on the morning line, interests us the most. Rock Show has been at her best in the elongated one-turn races offered at Belmont and Aqueduct, with all three of her career wins coming at either 7.5 or 8 furlongs around one turn. She has now lost 10 consecutive races, but most of those races were on the inner dirt and around two-turns, and she may have run better than it looks in some of them. In her most recent start, she could manage only 4th in a race won by We’ll Talk (who is in today’s race as well), but We’ll Talk was part of a pace that held together, and Rock Show finished only a couple of necks out of 2nd while attempting to close along the rail. Prior to being in over her head two starts back, Rock Show spent the majority of her March 21st race along a dead rail and behind a rated pace, and was simply in too tough once again one start prior to that.


She will need some things to go her way to come out on top today, but at 10-1, we’re willing to invest a little in her to win, and will play her in an exacta box with the favorite.

The play:

Win bet on Rock Show.

Exacta box: Rock Show and Guayana.


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Today in Racing, April 22, 2014

One horse I know who must be extremely disappointed in the demise of the Keeneland Polytrack is Frac Daddy.  Not to mention his owners, and his trainer Ken McPeek. Frac Daddy ($13.20) made it two-for-two on the surface when he took Saturday’s Ben Ali Stakes; and those are two of the easiest wins you’ll ever see.  The 4yo son of Scat Daddy earned an outstanding TFUS speed figure of 119.  Not only is that the top synthetic number of 2014; but the second and third place finishers also exceeded the previous top of 111 (earned by Dimension for his second place finish in the Commonwealth). Frac Daddy tracked the easy pace set by Red Rifle (25.02 / 49.68), and then effectively put the field away when he took over to the 3/8ths pole with a third quarter of 23.82.  He eased home from there, with a final furlong of 12.15 without breaking a sweat.

Taking a look at his running line from our result chart, you can see from his pace figures how he started out slow, and picked up the pace as he went along.  His raw final time figure of 113 was upgraded to 119.  Even though the early pace was slow, horses in turf or synthetic routes who rate early and finish fast are generally subject to upgrade.

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Frac Daddy’s connections had struggled to find this talented horse’s niche, with some questionable decisions along the way which we discussed in this post.  And now that he finally found it, the surface is going away for good.

McPeek had a second winner on Saturday’s card that had a similar pattern. Third race winner Bellarmine ($6.20) had also won his prior, and only, race on the Keeneland Poly in easy fashion.  And he also replicated that effort with a four length win, earning a fine TFUS speed figure of 104, his career best on any surface.

The big bomb of Saturday at Keeneland was the maiden Hot Hot Heat ($82.40), who took the 6th for trainer Albert Stall, Jr. in his second start.  His running line for his debut, on the turf at Fair Grounds, was a dismal one.  But can’t help but think that he could have been on my ticket had I only taken the time to delve into his pedigree more fully.  Besides the fact that he has a pedigree rating of 91 for synthetic sprints, Hot Hot Heat is a half-brother to Bickersons, who won the Moccasin Stakes on the Hollywood Park Cushion Track at two; and he was third in the Grade 1 Oak Leaf over whatever the hell kind of synthetic track they were running on at Santa Anita at the time. And his half-brothers D’oro Diablo and Gantu, both earners of over $300,000, each had multiple wins over synthetic tracks.  So….darn it.  Hot Hot Heat (Pulpit) earned a speed figure of 86.

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Today in Racing, April 21, 2014

The top TFUS speed figure (121) of the weekend went to La Verdad ($6), Linda Rice’s spectacular NY-bred 4yo filly, who easily won the G2 Distaff Handicap at the Big A. Since finishing 4th in her career debut, this daughter of Yes It’s True has reeled off seven wins in her next eight starts, all at six furlongs.  Her only defeat came when she failed to last a seventh panel in the G2 Fritchie at Laurel.  This was her first graded stakes win, and likely not her last as long as she stays at six furlongs.  Here’s the result chart:

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That was surely a fast pace that she set, and her raw final time figure of 114 was therefore bumped up to 121.  La Verdad is the second foal out of Noble Fire, a NY-bred stakes-placed Hook and Ladder mare.  Her first foal, N.F.’s Destiny (Cuvee) has also run extremely fast, earning a 124 amongst seven triple digit figures that he ran last year. However, he has disappointed in his two starts in 2014, including a 7th place finish, at 5-2, in the preceding race at Aqueduct on Saturday.


- Imperative ($55) got a figure of 116 for upsetting Game on Dude in the Charles Town Classic.  This 4yo son of Bernardini did hint at improvement upon being switched to the dirt, and adding blinkers, when he ran second in the G2 San Antonio at the identical odds of 26-1 in February. But it was surely hard to make a case for him here based on his running line in the Big Cap, when he finished some 18 lengths behind Game on Dude.

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Of course, Imperative didn’t have Moreno in that last race to help him out.  Game on Dude is now 0-for-2 in races in which that speedster has been entered, and I imagine that Bob Baffert would prefer not to see him anymore.  Moreno hassled him early on in the BC Classic last fall; and here, he pushed Game on Dude to run his first two quarters in 23.47 and 23.38. Not sure how many races that Moreno will win this year as long as he continues to race at the top levels of the game.  But he will continue to be a pain in the rear of any horse who thrives by racing on the lead.  Moreno epitomizes what we mean when we label a horse as being a ‘Leader.’  He wouldn’t have it any other way.

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Once Moreno was done, Long River picked up where he left off in a classic tag-team assault on the 3-5 favorite.  Game on Dude never had a breather, and held second to the winner, who observed the action close behind with the perfectest of perfect trips, purely on his class.

So, I guess that was a pretty good claim.  Trainer George Papaprodromou took Imperative for $50,000 for owner KM Racing Enterprise, and they had already made that back with the second in the San Antonio before earning it 20 times over with the $1 million share of this purse.  Not bad.  Imperative is out of a stakes winning Caller ID mare; and he’s a half-brother to Battle Won, who won or placed in graded stakes on all three surfaces.

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Ann’s Gold looks for clean trip at Santa Anita


Sunday, April 20 – Santa Anita Top Play

Get Started on today’s TimeformUS racecard from Santa Anita

Race Five
Scheduled local post time 2:32 pm local time

At 6-1 on the morning line, Ann’s Gold is an enticing play in this high-priced maiden claimer, which will be run on the hillside turf course.

She will be making her fourth start today, and her speed figure pattern is 69 (on dirt) 75 (grass) 77 (grass), which is rather auspicious. More important, both of her grass races were better than they look on paper. On January 18th, she lost her footing just as she was preparing to make a run and was forced to reload. Then she put in a good-looking late run. On March 15th, she made a nice, wide, gliding advance around the first turn, into a solid fraction. Then she relaxed off the pace. Then she made an abortive wide run around the far turn, yet remained in contention until the stretch–against tougher competition than she will be encountering today.


Her pace figures in the March 15th race, at one mile, were 98 97 83 83 75. We believe she is well-suited to this cutback to 6.5 furlongs. The Pace Projector shows her racing in mid-pack at the opening quarter, and she has the best Late Pace rating (a 79) by a considerable margin.

Trainer Jack Carava has had a rough go of it since he lost his meal ticket, but he remains a top-notch trainer, one who trains his horses gingerly (note the workout times here), which his why his horses post so many fraudulent maintenance workouts that handicappers would be best-advised to ignore

The play: Ann’s Gold to win.

Ann’s Gold underneath whomever you like in exotics.


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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. 

Santa Anita Race 5

Ann’s Gold, the 8 horse:

Should appreciate cutback in distance.

Visually impressive in last start.

Earned solid speed figure of 77 in last start.

6-1 on ML.


Santa Anita Race 6: 

Bushwacked, the 1 horse:

Earned competitive speed figure of 78 in last start.

Ran this number despite racing four-wide around the turn while stalking fast fractions.

Has improved his speed figure in four straight starts.

8-1 on ML.


Santa Anita Race 7:

Rangi, the 8 horse:

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

Has best last-out speed figure in the race: a 107.

Training well for this.

5-2 on ML.


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