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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.

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How TimeformUS is Different
TimeformUS Speed Figures
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TimeformUS Pace Projector
• TimeformUS Running Lines
TimeformUS Pace Figures
• TimeformUS Bias Indicators
Full Result Charts
Trainer Ratings
• Pedigree Ratings
• Race Ratings
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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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Aqueduct Thursday Highlight Horse: Wine Not turns back off a dead-rail trip

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>Aqueduct | Race 7 | Post Time 3:14 EST | Go To The TimeformUS PPs

Our Pace Projector is predicting that this race will feature a fast pace, which is logical given the number of speed types signed on in this full field of 12. Naturally, I’m most interested in the closers, and the one that I want the most is WINE NOT (#5).

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I’ve always felt that this horse was better going shorter, so I like that they’re turning back in distance today. His last race appears to be disconcerting at first glance, but it’s worth noting that the inside path may not have been the place to be at Aqueduct on that card, and he was basically hugging the rail for his entire trip. He’s run well over this inner track surface, and that last race was such an aberration that I’m willing to be forgiving. At what figures to be a square price, he’s the one that I want to key on.

I’ll primarily use him with Benevolence (#1) and Saratoga Giro (#4), who may be the best of those who figure to flash early speed. I would also throw in stalking types like J. J. Jake (#2), Samadi Sky (#8), and Fratello del Nord (#9). If the race were to really fall apart late, I suppose even H Man (#6) could sneak into the exacta or trifecta.

THE PLAY

Win/Place: 5
Exacta Key Box: 5 with 1,4,6,8
Trifecta: 5 with 1,4,6,8 with 1,2,4,6,8,9

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Aqueduct Horses in Focus on Thursday December 8th

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Race 6:


John’s Catnip (#7)

Was somewhat against race flow last time.
A few horses have come back out of that race to run well.
Has earned competitive speed figures on dirt.
10/1 on ML
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Race 7:

Wine Not (#5)

Projected to get a fast pace to close into.
Should appreciate the turnback in distance.
Was racing on a dead rail last time.
8/1 on ML
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Race 8: 

Go Pita Go (#4)

Was badly hampered at the start last time.
Was the only horse to make a late run into a slow pace despite the poor start.
Michelle Nevin gets a 91 trainer rating second off the layoff.
5/2 on ML
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Aqueduct Wednesday Highlight Horse: In the opener, Carolina Courage drops in class off a tough trip

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>Aqueduct | Race 1 | Post Time 12:20 EST | Go To The TimeformUS PPs

Considering the great work that the NYRA chart callers generally put out, it’s rare to find horses like CAROLINA COURAGE (#4)—runners who encountered trouble that went undocumented in their published running line comments. Last time out, his rider got a bit too concerned with saving ground on the turn and ended up getting his mount shuffled back before having to steady sharply behind a tiring runner at the quarter pole. He eventually got clear late after weaving his way through traffic and probably could have been third with a clean trip. Now he’s dropping in class and facing a much softer field.

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Beyond him, this race is fairly wide open. Mini Megan (#1) figures to take plenty of money, but she was pretty disappointing last time after earning a competitive speed figure two back. Perhaps the sloppy track was her undoing that day, but she catches another wet track today. I also would throw in Bank Elaboration (#3), who finished just over 4 lengths behind Mini Megan in that one’s best performance and should have more room for improvement, and Timely Tradition (#5), who drops out of maiden special weight company after making her debut on turf.

Jacqueline D (#6), Salori’s Bank (#7), and Wish Upon (#8) also have to be used in some capacity, but the Schettino trainee may not necessarily be a dirt horse, and the latter two are coming out of some weak races.

THE PLAY

Win: 4
Exacta Key Box: 4 with 1,3,5,6,7,8
Trifecta: 4 with 1,3,5 with 1,3,5,6,7,8

Pick-3: 4 with 4 with 2,4,5,6,8
Pick-3: 4 with 2,3,5,6 with 2,8

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Aqueduct Horses in Focus on Wednesday December 7th

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Race 1:


Carolina Courage (#4)

Was glued to the rail last time, which may not have been the place to be.
Steadied sharply at the quarter pole.
Is facing a much softer field today.
4/1 on ML
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Race 5:

Picco Uno (#8)

Has run speed figures that would beat this field.
Got a ridiculous ride two back, which cost her any chance.
Presence of Victorias Fire, whom we’re against, will inflate Picco Uno’s price.
5/2 on ML
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Race 7:

Storm Cell (#7)

Was forced to come up the rail last time when that may not have been the place to be.
Should move forward in her second start off the layoff.
Carlos Martin gets an 86 trainer rating with sprint-to-route stretchouts.
3/1 on ML

 

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Aqueduct Sunday Highlight Horse: El Jefe Grande looks to benefit from a faster pace

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>Aqueduct | Race 5 | Post Time 2:16 EST | Go To The TimeformUS PPs

Now that this race is confirmed to stay on turf, let’s dive in and look at some of the contenders. The theme here is class droppers, as all of the main players are coming out of tougher allowance and stakes races.
The horse to beat is Chamois (#9), who goes out for Christophe Clement and Aqueduct leading rider Jose Ortiz. This horse has made only two starts in 2016 and he’s lost at relatively short prices on each occasion. Those races came over six months ago, and now he’s dropping for a tag for the first time in his career, just as the turf season comes to a close. On the plus side, three of his four career wins have come right here at Aqueduct, and he even has handled turf courses that have taken some rain. He’s the horse to beat, but he’s not the easiest runner to trust.
I’ll Call (#12) is taking a similar drop in class as he exits the Grade 3 Red Smith Handicap, but at least his most recent start came within the last month. This six-year-old gelding has actually been in pretty good form lately, but he still hasn’t won during either of the past two seasons, and it appears as if his connections are just trying to find a spot where he can get to the winner’s circle. I’ll definitely use him, but I am somewhat concerned about the pace. The Pace Projector is predicting that it will be fast, and this horse is unlikely to wrest the early lead away from the speedy River Knight early.
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I’d prefer to take a late runner, and the one that interests me most is EL JEFE GRANDE (#1). He’s running for the same $40,000 tag that he was offered for last time at Laurel, but I think he finds himself in a more favorable situation today.
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As a late closer, he is completely dependent on race flow, and it appears that he should get an honest early clip to close into this time. That was not the case in October when the pace was slow (color-coded in blue), and he could never make an impact. Prior to that, he had been in over his head in two stakes races. I like that he’s previously handled this Aqueduct turf course late in the season, and he figures to go off at a much more generous price than the two aforementioned runners.
I would also throw in Indebted (#3) and St. Louie (#10), who are among the few runners stepping up in class, as backups.
THE PLAY
Win/Place: 1
Exacta Key Box: 1 with 3,9,10,12

 

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Aqueduct Horses in Focus on Sunday December 4th

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Race 5: 

El Jefe Grande (#1)
 
Of all the horses dropping in class, he’s most likely to get overlooked.
River Knight should ensure an honest pace for him to close into.
Has previously run well over this turf course late in the season.
12/1 on ML
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Race 6:
 
Mazmania (#5)
 
Owns the highest TimeformUS speed figure in the field.
Did well to hang on for second after contesting a fast pace last time.
Cutting back to six furlongs suits her.
8/1 on ML
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Race 8:
 
Bombshell (#4)
 
Her pedigree is geared towards dirt.
Gets a trainer upgrade to Jimmy Jerkens (90 trainer rating at Aqueduct).
Should show more speed today if she breaks cleanly.
5/1 on ML

 

 

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Aqueduct Saturday Highlight Horse: Jan’s Reserve fits moving turf to dirt

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>Aqueduct | Race 6 | Post Time 2:45 EST | Go To The TimeformUS PPs

While I’ve been waiting for Whitmore (#1) to finally get turned back in distance, since I do believe he’s cut out to be best around one turn, there is the question of whether he’ll need a race off the 210 day break. Ron Moquett gets just a 29 trainer rating with horses returning from layoffs of this type.

That said, there is one long shot that I think could sneak into the mix.

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JAN’S RESERVE (#5) returned from a lengthy layoff on the turf last time, and was badly compromised by an unfavorable pace scenario. That feels as if it was merely a prep as he now switches back to his best surface. This horse was very impressive when winning the King’s Swan last year in fast time, and even gave a good account of himself when closing behind King Kranz in his next start. With routine improvement as a three-year-old, he could complete the exacta or trifecta, and might even be able to challenge for the win.

Win/Place: 5
Exacta Box: 1-5
Trifecta: 1, 5 with 1,5 with ALL
Trifecta: 1,5 with ALL with 1, 5

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