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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Wire Wire Wire: Putting The TimeformUS Pace Projector to Work on Sunday racing 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.


Gulfstream:

Race 5: Wishihada:

Pace Projector shows her on clear early lead. Has the top Spotlight Figure in the field.

Race 9: A M Milky Way:

Pace Projector shows him in second place early. Has the top Spotlight Figure in the field.

Arapahoe Park:

Race 1: Taras Ruler:

Pace Projector shows him on clear early lead. Has the top Spotlight Figure in the field.

Race 3: Boss Hogg Who:

Pace Projector shows him on clear early lead in race favoring speed. Has the top Spotlight Figure in the field.

Canterbury Park:

Race 6: Freakin Amazing:

Pace Projector shows her just off the early lead. Has the top Spotlight Figure in the field.

Ellis Park:

Race 6: Luvurita:

Pace Projector shows her on clear early lead in race favoring speed. Has the top Spotlight Figure in the field.

Hastings:

Race 7: Charming Silver:

Pace Projector shows her on early lead. Has the top Spotlight Figure in the field.

Laurel:

Race 5: Space Race:

Pace Projector shows him just off the early lead. Competitive speed figures and handles grass. 20-1 on ML.

Race 6: Mummi’s Hope:

Pace Projector shows him on clear early lead in race favoring speed. 15-1 on ML.

Race 7: Causeworthy:

Pace Projector shows him on clear early lead in race favoring speed. Has the top Spotlight Figure in the field.

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Belmont’s Sunday Highlight Horse: Joe Mooch a live 6/1 (ML) shot for hot Gullo Barn

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>Belmont Park / Race 7 / July 5 / 4:26 EDT

Race 7 at Belmont Park on Sunday features a rematch among three horses who squared off at this level back on June 11th.  #7 Jeter emerged victorious over #2 American Creed, who was the 3/2 favorite, and #4 Joe Mooch that day, keeping intact a string of solid races for trainer Eddie Barker dating back to last October.

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From our perspective, Jeter had all the best of it that day, while the runnerup, Joe Mooch, had all the worst of it.  Breaking from an inside post in his first start off the claim for Gary Gullo, Joe Mooch had his hand forced.  Once he came running out of there from the inside, he had to go on with it, and he wound up dueling the pace with American Creed all the way through the turn and the stretch.  Joe Mooch was prevailing late, but he could not stop a perfectly ridden Jeter at the end and settled for second best.

We thought that was a fine effort from Joe Mooch, and no coincidence that it came in his first start off the claim for Gullo, an excellent and underrated trainer.  Assuming he can keep going in this direction, Joe Mooch has faster races to get back to, including one other race for Gullo, back in October, where he earned a 103 TFUS Speed Figure over this track.  He is better posted (outside of American Creed) in this race, which should allow him to take up a stalking position, and that may make all the difference.

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TimeformUS Horses in Focus for Sunday July 5th at Belmont and Los Alamitos (daytime)

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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 2:

#6 Private Thrill

Was clearly best breaking maiden for a tag despite getting off to a terrible start in that race.

Has since run against much better horses on dirt and turf.

Drops back down for trainer getting solid ratings AWL to CLM (86) and turf to dirt (83).

7/2 on ML.

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Race 5:

#3 Scooby Dude

Drops in to face MCL company for the first time.

Has enough speed to keep close to the pace, and gets a rider change to go along with an inside post.

Exits performance that is much better than it looks after a tough trip.

5/1 on ML.

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Race 7:

#4 Joe Mooch

Improved off the claim last time.

Has faster races to get back to, including one for this trainer.

Moves outside of the other speed this time, and is effective from a stalking position.

6/1 on ML.

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Race 9:

#7 Lady in Shades

Raced greenly first time out, and closed some late ground to just miss 2nd.

$300k purchase switches directly to turf and stretches out for second start.

Dam has dropped 3 turf winners, and her best foal was a Grade 1 winner on synthetic, so surface switch may be well meant.

10/1 on ML.

LOS ALAMITOS 

Race 4:

Warrens Goldnugget, the 6 horse:

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

Big drop in class according to Race Ratings.

Handles this track.

4-1 on ML.
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Race 6:

Rock Steady Eddie, the 1 horse:

Handles Los Al at night.

Rough trip in last one.

In light here with eager rider.

Seems no match for favorite but can get involved in exotics at huge price.

20-1 on ML.
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Race 8:

Magic Lily, the 5 horse:

Earned speed figure of 107 on synthetic two back.

Handles this track.

Goes first off the claim for terrific trainer.

20-1 on ML.

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Wire Wire Wire: Putting The TimeformUS Pace Projector to Work on Saturday racing 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.


Gulfstream:

Race 9: Heaven’s Touch:

Pace Projector puts her on early lead. Top Spotlight Figure in the field and runs well off layoffs.

Arapahoe Park:

Race 3: Arnie:

Pace Projector puts him on clear early lead in race favoring speed. Has the top Spotlight Figure in the field.

Belterra Park:

Race 7: Dixie Zip:

Pace Projector shows her just off the early lead in race favoring speed. Has the top Spotlight Figure in the field.

Thistledown:

Race 5: Cool Fortune:

Pace Projector puts him on clear early lead. Has the top Spotlight Figure in the field.

Laurel:

Race 8: On Spirit River:

Pace Projector puts him on clear early lead. Has the top Spotlight Figure in the field.

Canterbury Park:

Race 3: Prayintheprairie:

Pace Projector puts him on clear early lead. Has the top Spotlight Figure in the field. 10-1 on ML.

Race 10: Only Annie Peach:

Pace Projector puts her on early lead. Has the top Spotlight Figure in the field.

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TimeformUS Horses in Focus for Saturday July 4 at Belmont and Los Alamitos (daytime)

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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:

#3 Cabo Cat

Stakes-winning 3yo is ultra-consistent and prefers these shorter, one-turn races.

Made good run after coming wide in race dominated up front in return, and winner of that race came back with an impressive score vs. better here on Friday.

Trainer gets solid 87 rating second off the layoff.

20/1 on ML.

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Race 7:

#7 Smart Transition

Lightly raced colt is improving from start to start.

Earned career best TFUS Speed Figure of 115 over this track last time, despite a tough trip.

Good post on the outside and he is cutting back a bit, while several main rivals have to stretch out.

12/1 on ML.

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LOS ALAMITOS:

Race 2:

Princess Val, the 4 horse:

Ran speed figure of 90 at night here in May.

Has run fine at this distance.

In very light here.

Chance to get involved in exotics at huge price.

20-1 on ML.
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Race 6:

Xingontothebone, the 4 horse:

Has strong speed figures, including a 90 two races back.

Trainer gets solid rating at this track.

Pace Projector shows him just off the early lead.

5-2 on ML.
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Race 7:

Warren’s Tea Party, the 2 horse:

Ran decent speed figure down the hill in debut.

Draws good post and is bred to handle dirt.

Chance to hit trifecta at big price.

15-1 on ML.

 

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Belmont’s Saturday Highlight Horse: We like a 20/1 shot in the 5th race. Here’s why…

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>Belmont Park / Race 5  / July 4 / 2:40 EDT

Today’s 5th race on the Stars and Stripes graded stakes extravaganza is a simple allowance/optional claimer at 7 furlongs on turf, but it looks like a real war on the way in. 12 have been entered, and it is not hard to build a reasonable case for any of them, save the 50/1 ML #10 Brays Secret, who is off a year layoff and making his turf debut.

The horse we are going for is #3 Cabo Cat. He is just 2 for 14 in his career, but the accounting can be deceiving in his case. He has been a good horse from the start, and after winning his debut impressively, over this course and distance, he went straight into stakes company. As a 3yo turfer with talent, that means you go long. But Cabo Cat doesn’t really want to go long. He is much better suited to races between 7 furlongs and a mile, preferably around one turn. In other words, Belmont is perfect for him.

Between December of 2013 and December of 2014, Cabo Cat raced at either 7 or 8 furlongs six times. He was second in the Grade 3 Dania Beach and the Mr. Light Stakes at Gulfstream, both times finding his game late rally falling short. He was second again in the Paradise Creek, over this track and trip, but only after going with an early wide run into a duel and falling late to a perfectly ridden winner making the last move. He came back to win the $100k Manila in his next start. The Sir Cat at Saratoga came next (two turns), and he had little chance in that race, which was dominated by Tourist on the front end. His final start over a one-mile came here in October, and he finished gamely again to be 3rd from behind a slow pace.

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All told, picking around the longer races, it adds up to only one win, with three 2nds and a 3rd. But his TFUS Speed Figures look like this: 88-102-104-100-106-109. Cabo Cat was an improving 3yo right along.

He has had a prep as a 4yo for Mark Hennig (solid rating of 87 second off the layoff), sprinting 6 furlongs behind the fragile but talented Shore Runner, who came back with a highly impressive win here yesterday. There should be plenty of pace in this big field for Cabo Cat to attack late, and he may well outrun his odds in this race.

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Sunday Stakes Preview: The Grade 1 United Nations at Monmouth Park

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The Grade 1 United Nations is a staple of the Independence Day racing weekend at Monmouth Park. Set for 1 3/8 miles on the turf, and carrying a purse of $500k, it has pulled a field of nine, five of them prior winners at the Grade 1 level, and it is led by defending champ #6 Main Sequence.

The TimeformUS Pace Projector indicates that the longshot #4 Shining Copper will be out on the early lead. He’s first off the claim for Mike Maker, and he is in awfully tough. Todd Pletcher’s #9, Divine Oath, will be within tracking range on the outside early. He is a multiple winner at the Grade 3 level but is facing legit Grade 1 competition here.

The emerging #2 Sycamore Lane projects for a cozy trip rating along the inside. We like the way this 4yo colt is heading for his Hall of Fame trainer, and we never mind a horse taking a shot while in top form, but Sycamore Lane has never been this far before, and he needs to improve again to be a factor here. Whatever happens with him in this race, keep an eye on him going forward.

Just behind Sycamore Lane will be the talented and dangerous trio of #1 Twilight Eclipse, #5 Slumber and #8 Ashleyluvssugar.

Twilight Eclipse is a good horse, and he finally picked up a long overdue Grade 1 win in the Man O’ War two starts back. It was uncharacteristic to see him bomb the way he did last time in the Manhattan, as he had been a gem of consistency over a long series of races prior to that. We have no problem with giving him a chance to bounce back to a good race here, but it is worth noting that Main Sequence and, to a lesser extent, #7 Imagining have had his number over the past year or so.

Trainer Chad Brown does everything well, so it was no surprise to see him in the winner’s circle following the Grade 1 Manhattan on Belmont Stakes Day. The surprising thing was the name of the horse he was leading in there. #5 Slumber had been a disappointing horse for Bill Mott over the past couple of years. He would always run well, he just wouldn’t win, and he took down plenty of money with him. Privately purchased and turned over to Brown at the end of last year, he lost two more races as the favorite in graded stakes company. Brown added blinkers for the Manhattan, and suddenly Slumber figured out how to finish a race off. We found the 2015 Manhattan to be a subpar edition of that race, but he earned a TFUS Speed Figure of 120 for the win, and he has faster races to get back to.

We are very interested in Ashleyluvssugar in the U. N. He is a horse who has gotten very good this year for trainer Peter Eurton. His last 3 races have resulted in consecutive TFUS Speed Figure tops of 115-120-123, and he has been more impressive from one start to the next. He has won his last two starts over 1 1/2 miles. He has proven unfazed by pace, fast or slow. He is ridden by an all-time great. And he owns a TFUS Spotlight Figure that is on par with that of Main Sequence.

Imagining and Big Blue Kitten both project to be back off the pace early, though we will point out that Imagining is quite a bit handier than he may be given credit for and was so far back last time due to severe early trouble in the race. He has bounced back from disappointing performances before, however. He had a tough time dealing with Main Sequence last year, but all three times they met, it was over 1 1/2 miles, and we think that distance is pushing it for Imagining. This distance is better, and we think there is a chance that Imagining gets himself more forwardly placed on Sunday. He should be a fair price, and he will be our pick in the United Nations.

We love Big Blue Kitten as a racehorse. He does nothing but show up and run, without fail, no matter the distance, class-level, track, or course condition. He is a closer of the one-run variety, with a big Late Pace Rating of 127 that tops even that of Main Sequence (122), and he is going to have some good horses to close down in this race. But he will be running at the end of this race. Count on it.

#6 Main Sequence is a deep closer, and as such, he does not appear on the Pace Projector. There is no denying that he is the horse to beat in this race, and we hold no illusions that he is not a likely winner should he show up with the kind of race we have become accustomed to from him since arriving stateside. He began his big run through the second half of 2014 with a win in this very race. He would then go on to win the Sword Dancer, the Turf Classic, the Breeders’ Cup Turf, and multiple Eclipse Awards. He went to Dubai to run in the rich Sheema Classic in March, and while he failed to deliver his big late kick for the first time, we thought he got the wrong ride that day. He looked a bit rank early in that race, and he wound up moving out into the clear, which left him racing without cover for a long way. In contention at the top of the stretch, he had no punch and was soundly beaten at the end. That is not the Main Sequence we have come to know in North America, but he will have lasix back on at Monmouth on Sunday, and he is the most likely winner of the race.

The Play:

We aren’t way against Main Sequence, but we will bet Imagining to win should he be available at 7/1 odds or better. We will use Main Sequence, Imagining, and Ashleyluvssugar in multi-race wagers.

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