When using TimeformUS Trainer Ratings, start by looking at the trainer’s overall rating to get a feel for the trainer’s ability. Using the overall rating as a base makes it easy to compare the more specific categories listed in the Key Ratings Box. Finding situations trainers excel or struggle with is now quick and easy. The examples below show three different cases for trainers at Betfair Hollywood Park:
With a respectable overall trainer rating of 80, Spawr records his fair share of winners. At today’s track, his rating rises to a 95. At today’s days-off window, he jumps to a 100. Spawr has his horses ready for the Betfair Hollywood meet and they perform very well with a brief freshening.
Diodoro is a capable trainer with a 19% overall win rate in the past 365 days and an overall trainer rating of 77. He has struggled mightily at Betfair Hollywood Park though, as is evidenced by his trainer rating of 15 at today’s track.
An overall trainer rating of 85 shows Sadler is an above average conditioner. Notice the consistency with his three key ratings. Sadler performs at about the same level overall, at today’s track, and in a layoff window similar to today’s.
When handicapping races with TimeformUS, trainers whose chances should be upgraded because of strengths (like Spawr off a 1-2 month layoff) are easy to find, as are trainers whose chances should be downgraded because of weaknesses (like Diodoro at Betfair Hollywood Park).
To dig deeper into more specific categories, click the green More Ratings button in the Key Ratings Box. In the example below, notice the improvement in Shug McGaughey’s ratings when comparing the rating in the 3YO+ Stakes column to the rating in the Overall Rating column. When McGaughey horses run in stakes races, one should expect them to be well spotted.
Related: How Trainer Ratings are Created