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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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

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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 Saturday May 23rd at Belmont Park & 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.

BELMONT PARK

Race 3:

#2 Equilateral

Was off form when trying turf for the only time last summer.

Got back to a better race first off the layoff.

Think shorter distances are better for her, and she has pedigree for grass (86 Breeding Rating).

12/1 on ML.

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Race 8:

#4 Croninthebarbarian

Has held his own in graded stakes company going longer, and he had a miserable trip in traffic last time.

Best races, and both wins, have come over sprint distances.

Turns back with trainer change to Chad Brown (100 rating first with trainer).

2/1 on ML.

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Belmont’s Saturday Highlight Horse: A 12/1 shot with compelling TimeformUS Speed Figures in her PPs

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>Belmont / Race 3  / May 23rd / 2:22 EDT

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#2 Equilateral began her career with some promise here last May, winning her debut sprinting in the mud with a TFUS Speed Figure of 105. She backed that race up pretty well in her second start when stretched out and finishing gamely for second with a 100.Stretched out again, and sent around two turns for the first time, she failed to respond and finished last. She would race only twice more after that before going to the sidelines, and she would disappoint both times (one of them on grass), while appearing simply to be off form.

We thought she showed signs of getting back to form in her first start back from a long layoff last time, as she would once again find a game finish to just miss while being kept in tight for much of the stretch run. Perhaps it was the freshening that did her the most good, but we think it may also have had something to do with distance. Equilateral seems to be a horse who prefers going short rather than long. She will switch back to turf for her second start of the year, and she will be traveling a more appropriate 7 furlongs today. We think her future may ultimately lie on the grass (86 Breeding Rating for turf; her dam is a sister to the multiple graded stakes winning turfer Rush Bay), and we want to give her another chance on this surface while she appears to be back in form.

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Sunday Stakes Preview: The G2 Charles Whittingham at Santa Anita

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>Go to the PPs for the Whittingham  / Post Time: 1:30 PDT

The Grade 2, $200,000 Charles Whittingham has a field of 5 horses going a mile and 1/2 on the grass. The race will start up the chute used for the 6.5F grass race and will be run around three turns.

Like many turf marathons, this one is devoid of true frontrunners. The TimeformUS Pace Projector shows Ashleyluvssugar in the early lead. He is closely followed by Divine Oath. Then there’s a gap back to Ganesh and Crucero. The Pace Projector makes no projection for Going Somewhere, who has been showing minimal early speed while racing in France.

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Now let’s take a look at the field in post position order, with morning line odds in parentheses:

Divine Oath (5-2): Pletcher colt is 5 for 11 lifetime on the grass. He has won three Grade 3s but has yet to do better than third at the Grade 2 level. According to our Race Ratings, he is taking a drop in class today, from a race rated 120 to a race rated 113. His speed figures fit in here, and Pletcher has lured Rafael Bejarano to ride (they get a 100 rating together). However, Pletcher gets only a 57 rating at Santa Anita. Our best guess is that Divine Oath will find himself stalking Ashleyluvssugar in the early part of this race. Obvious contender.

Crucero (20-1): 1 for 14 lifetime, and that win came in a bottom-level maiden claiming race on the dirt. Was competitive on grass against entry-level allowance foes two back, and in his most recent race, he ran a decent third in a starter allowance designed to attract maiden claiming graduates. His speed figures are way too slow in here. Pass.

Ganesh (5-2): Bred in Brazil and raced in South America, this six-year-old has now made two starts at Santa Anita. He earned a speed figure of 118 in his US debut, in a minor stake run at a distance that was probably too short for him. Then he returned in a Grade 3 at 10F and saw his figure regress by one point as he finished second. Ganesh has won four times at today’s distance and will be making his third start off the layoff for Richard Mandella, who gets a perfect 100 rating with Flavien Prat, who has become his go-to rider. Ganesh is an obvious contender, but he may be at a disadvantage from a pace standpoint, and we were a little disappointed that he didn’t move forward in his second start in this country.

Going Somewhere (7-2): He, too, was bred in Brazil, and he raced in both South America and France. He is proven at today’s distance and beyond. Indeed, he ended his 2014 campaign in a Group 3 run at two-and-one-half miles. His top speed figure in France is a 123, which he ran twice, once on yielding turf and once on soft turf. A Group 1 winner in Argentina, he managed a second-place finish in a Group 1 in France. So he is a fit on speed figures and a fit on class. But his trainer, Hall of Famer Neil Drysdale, gets only a 43 rating off of layoffs of comparable duration, and he hasn’t had a lot of recent success with shippers to the United States. It looks as if this one will be racing without Lasix. Our strong inclination is to watch a race from him over this turf course before possibly getting involved.

Ashleyluvssugar (6-5): The hot horse, this four-year-old gelding has come into his own in his last two starts. In his most recent race, he won a Grade 2 at today’s distance while earning a lifetime-top speed figure of 118. That race received a Race Rating of 116. Today’s race receives a preliminary Race Rating of 113, which indicates that Ashleyluvssugar is taking a small drop in class today. Trainer Peter Eurton gets a Trainer Rating of 85 when attempting a repeat victory and 69 with race spacing comparable to today’s. As mentioned above, Pace Projector shows him on the early lead today. The only time he raced on the pace, he recorded a victory in an allowance race. Ashleyluvssugar has trained steadily for this race, and he is a strong contender.

The Bottom Line:

Ashleyluvssugar looks like the most likely winner to us, but, frankly, we have no desire whatsoever to bet this race. 

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Wire Wire Wire: Putting The TimeformUS Pace Projector to Work on Friday races across the country

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Note: Justin Finch’s longshot blog, “On the Contrary,” will resume on opening day at Del Mar. Meanwhile, we asked him to blog about the TimeformUS Pace Projector.
Here’s what Wire Wire Wire is all about-

  • Every Thursday through Sunday, Justin will take a brief look at several racetracks, focusing on only horses that the Pace Projector projects to be on the early lead.
  • The focus will never be on morning line favorites or on horses who figure to be coming from off the pace.
  • Justin’s goal will be to highlight horses whose early speed may help them to outrun their odds today.
  • The selections will be based primarily on the TimeformUS Pace Projector, Pace Figures, and Early Pace Ratings.
  • Readers should be careful to add their own comprehensive handicapping to the narrow, speed-based approach Justin will be taking in this column.

>>Learn how to use The TimeformUS Pace Projector.
>>Learn How To Use TimeformUS Pace Figures.
>>Read a Q & A with Justin Finch about betting on longshots.


Pimlico:

Race 5: Winning Saga:

Pace Projector shows her on clear early lead. Race is off turf and she has handled dirt, including wet dirt.


Churchill Downs:

Race 7: W. B. Smudge:

Pace Projector shows him on big early lead in race projected to favor speed. Has competitive speed figures and goes second off the layoff. 12-1 on ML.


Penn National:

Race 4: Riot Squad:

Pace Projector puts him on early lead. Ran hot pace figures in last start. Shortens up today.


Los Alamitos:

Race 1: Dutch Courage:

Has confirmed Los Alamitos early speed. Pace Projector shows the morning line favorite on the early lead, but he’s shipping down from longer races at Santa Anita, and in their first start at Los Al, this type often gets outrun right out of the gate.

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TimeformUS Horses in Focus For May 22nd at Belmont Park & 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.

BELMONT PARK

Race 5:

#6 Too Good to B True

Has made few turf starts at or around this level, and has run well in those races.

Was a bit unlucky in lone turf start here last year when having to follow horses through traffic before getting clear too late.

Top TFUS Speed Figures on turf fit well in this field, and she’ll be a price.

15/1 on ML.

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Race 7:

#2 All Hands

Impressed in blowout maiden win first time route.

Earned strong TFUS Speed Figure of 97 for that effort.

Should be on the lead again today for trainer who gets perfect 100 rating dropping from stakes to allowance.

7/2 on ML.

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Race 8:

#1 Unbridled Ocean

Ran two fastest races of his life (TFUS Speed Figures 119, 121) prior to trying a Grade 3 last time.

Ran into severe traffic trouble late in that race.

Cuts back to a mile in race that should set up well for him.

4/1 on ML.

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Race 9:

#9 Mohawk Lily

Drops in class for first start on turf.

Has solid Breeding Rating of 77 for turf routes.

Projects to be on clear early lead.

10/1 on ML.

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SANTA ANITA
Race 3:

Queen Khaleesi, the 7 horse:

Improved speed figure from first start to second.

Wide trip in last start.

Bucking a speed bias in last start.

8-1 on ML.
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Race 5:

My Jealous, the 2 horse:

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

Lone turf start was not bad.

Training in fine fashion for this.

6-1 on ML.

 

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Belmont’s Friday Highlight Horse: Mohawk Lily wire threat at a price in finale

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>Belmont / Race 9  / May 22nd / 5:28 EDT

Friday’s card at Belmont closes out with a 9-furlong turf route for NY-bred maiden claimers, and it will go with a field of 10.  The shorter prices on the ML are drawn down to the five inside posts, though there is no clear-cut choice.  The new face to the group, #5 Millpoint Creek, has earned the three fastest TFUS Speed Figures on turf down at Tampa (75-67-70), which may make her the horse to beat, but she has had plenty of good trips, and as a 5yo, it’s not going to get much better than that for her.
The others are more lightly raced, with all of the #1 Weathervane, #2 Meet in Khartoum, and #3 Weekend Score making just their second career starts on turf.  Any one of the three is certainly eligible for better here, though better may very well be required.
Because we don’t need any of those horses at a short kind of price, we are looking elsewhere in this race.  #9 Mohawk Lily is the outsider with the most going for her, and she is the horse we are betting in this race.  She will be making her turf debut today, and if she can transfer her main track form over to this surface, she may well prove very tough in this race.
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Mohawk Lily has an acceptable turf pedigree (77 Breeding Rating for turf routes; her dam is a half-sister to the stakes-winning turf horse Dynamic Lisa).  Assuming she handles the turf, she will likely be bringing her speed over with her, and that may be her biggest advantage in this field.  She has recently been seen setting quick paces on the main track (note Pace Figures/fractions shaded red for last two running lines), and Pace Projector indicates that she can make a clear early lead in this race.  That is an advantage not to be underestimated on this inner turf course over this distance.  With the race beginning close to the first turn, early position is always at a premium, and being fast enough to clear the field heading into that first turn may well be the key to Mohawk Lily’s chances.  She gets a huge rider upgrade to John Velazquez for this, and while that is going to hurt her price a bit, it is a big change to a peerless front-end jockey.

 

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TimeformUS Horses in Focus For May 21st at Belmont Park & 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.

BELMONT PARK

Race 7:

#2 Hidden Vow

Has run well in first start back from the layoff in each of last two years.

Posted lone win last year over this course and distance.

Lands in a field with plenty of speed to set up his run.

10/1 on ML.

 

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Santa Anita:

Race 7:

Chaulk O Lattey, the 3 horse:

Pace Projector shows her on a clear early lead.

Had difficult post position in downhill races.

Trainer gets perfect 100 rating with this rider.

7-2 on ML.
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Golden Gate:

Race 6:

Top Tizzy, the 3 horse:

Pace Projector shows her on a clear early lead.

Has competitive speed figures.

Caught up in duel last time.

6-1 on ML.

 

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