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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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 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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Our Trainer Ratings show you instantly how a trainer performs overall and in specific situations.
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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
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Saratoga Thursday Highlight Horse: Spending more time in the new barn may boost Testosterstone

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>Saratoga | Race 8  | Thursday August 25th | Post Time 5:02 EDT | Go To The TimeformUS PPs

Cadeyrn (#4) is the horse they all have to catch once again, but I’m starting to wonder whether he really wants to go nine furlongs. The Pace Projector is predicting that he’ll be racing on a clear early lead today, but one would imagine that he’ll receive some token pressure from Delta Outlaw, who is stretching out to a route for the first time. At a short price, I’m somewhat against him.

Flash Trading (#5) also figures to take some play off his local win at this distance, but that came against much softer company than what he meets today. Juan and Bina (#1) has arguably kept the best company of all while consistently running competitive speed figures. The only problem is that he never seems to get the job done and actually win a race.

All of these horses will be somewhere on my tickets, but I’m going to take a shot against them with TESTOSTERSTONE (#6).

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He finished behind Cadeyrn two back after chasing the pace off the rail for much of the way in a race that was dominated by two closers. That was also just his first start off the claim for Chris Englehart, who has a tendency to improve horses as they spend more time in his care. I know his last race at Finger Lakes appears to be a regression, but that was an oddly run affair that featured an extremely slow pace, which negatively affected the resulting speed figure. Testosterstone has run enough competitive speed figures in the past and is proven around two turns. The price figures to be fair today.

THE PLAY

Win/Place: 6
Exacta Key Box: 6 with 1,4,5
 

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Horses in Focus At Saratoga on Thursday August 25th

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Race 2:


Zababa (#4)

The Pace Projector is predicting that he is the fastest of all early.
Charlton Baker gets a 90 trainer rating with horses coming off layoffs of this type.
Was against a closers’ bias in his last start.
7/2 on ML
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Race 8:

Testosterstone (#6)

Figures to improve under Chris Englehart’s care.
Was unwisely rated on the lead last time, giving away his pace advantage.
Should sit a good trip stalking Cadeyrn and Delta Outlaw, who are both questionable at the distance.
6/1 on ML

 

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Saratoga Wednesday Highlight Horse: Reversiontothemean can fly under the radar in Race 7

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>Saratoga | Race 7 | Wednesday August 24th | Post Time 4:24 EDT | Go To The TimeformUS PPs

They all have to beat the likely favorite, Emerald Pond (#2), who goes out for Chad Brown. She deserves some respect, but I’m not convinced that she really wants two turns or that she has that great of an edge over this field in terms of overall ability. The other horse to consider at a short price is Greywalls (#5), who is dropping out of tougher spots but may be going off form. We tend to see some unusual things happen in these one-mile turf races, and there’s a long shot in the mix that intrigues me.

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REVERSIONTOTHEMEAN (#1) is coming out of a couple of tougher spots. She was badly overmatched against optional claiming company two back but actually didn’t even run that badly after a wide trip. Then last time, at Suffolk, she ran off in the early going, taking away from her finishing kick. This filly has been competitive at this level in the past and drew a great post position down towards the rail. I like the rider switch to Joe Bravo, and these connections, who tend to fly under the radar, have already connected with some big prices at this meet.

THE PLAY

Win/Place: 1
Exacta Key Box: 1 with 2,5

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Horses in Focus At Saratoga on Wednesday August 24th

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Race 4:

Bow Tie Affair (#4)

Has historically done his best work in turf sprints.

Was compromised at the start last time and closed well to just miss third.

Figures to get an honest pace to close into.

15/1 on ML
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Race 7:

Reversiontothemean (#1)

Is exiting tougher races.

Got a wide trip two back and ran off in the early going last time.

These connections have sent out some live long shots at this meet.

20/1 on ML
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Race 10:

Marnesia Big Girl (#10)

Did well to close into a slow pace last time.

The Pace Projector is predicting a fast pace today.

Has a right to move forward in her second start for Linda Rice.

3/1 on ML

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Saratoga Wagering Strategies for Wednesday: Analyst David Aragona’s Top Plays and How To Bet Them

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Race 3: Claiming $16,000 at 6 furlongs

In a race where so many runners are either off form or just slow, BEE NOTEWORTHY (#6) stands out. This filly was ambitiously spotted when she returned from the layoff last time, facing a salty field of New York-breds. That placement suggested that she was in good form coming into that race and her performance confirmed that notion. Although she only split the field, her speed figure represented a significant improvement over her prior form. Now she’s taking a huge drop in class (note the Race Rating of her last race compared to the preliminary rating today). H. James Bond gets an encouraging 78 trainer rating with horses making their second starts off a layoff, and I like this rider switch to Jose Ortiz.

Win: 6

Exacta Box: 2,6

 

Race 4: Claiming $40,000 at 5.5 furlongs on turf

If you parse through BOW TIE AFFAIR’s (#4) past performances and highlight only his turf sprints, his form is actually pretty encouraging. He’s never run a bad race at distances of six furlongs or less on turf while earning speed figures that make him competitive against today’s field. His return from the layoff last time out was actually a much better effort than it appears. He was squeezed back at the start that day, which had him much farther off the pace than he otherwise would have been. It’s difficult to make up that much ground at this abbreviated distance, but Bow Tie Affair did quite well to nearly get up for third. There should be a contested pace this time to set up his late kick, and the price will be fair.

Win/Place: 4

Exacta Key Box: 4 with 1,3,8,11

 

Race 7: Claiming $40,000 at 8 furlongs on turf

They all have to beat the likely favorite, Emerald Pond (#2), who goes out for Chad Brown. She deserves some respect, but I’m not convinced that she really wants two turns or that she has that great of an edge over this field in terms of overall ability. The other horse to consider at a short price is Greywalls (#5), who is dropping out of tougher spots but may be going off form. We tend to see some unusual things happen in these one-mile turf races, and there’s a long shot in the mix that intrigues me.

REVERSIONTOTHEMEAN (#1) is coming out of a couple of tougher spots. She was badly overmatched against optional claiming company two back but actually didn’t even run that badly after a wide trip. Then last time, at Suffolk, she ran off in the early going, taking away from her finishing kick. This filly has been competitive at this level in the past and drew a great post position down towards the rail. These connections fly under the radar, but they have already connected with some big prices at this meet.

Win/Place: 1

Exacta Key Box: 1 with 2,5

 

Race 9: The John’s Call at 13 furlongs on turf

So few of these horses have consistently run marathon distances, so there’s a lot of guesswork to be done. That said, I do want to focus on runners that have already proven that they have the stamina to negotiate this trip. While there are a few fringe pace players in this spot, I think MY AFLEET (#7) will play out as the clear early leader, and I’m hoping that tactical edge is enough to put him over the top. I know his recent form leaves something to be desired, but I don’t think we’ve seen the best of him yet in 2016. He was too eager early in the Belmont Gold Cup and then resented rating tactics last time when facing a tough group of allowance runners. My Afleet has run some of his best races over this course in the past, and I think he’s classy enough to take them all the way.

Win/Place: 7

Exacta Key Box: 7 with 1,3,6,10

 

Race 10: Claiming $40,000 at 8 furlongs on turf

Once again, Chad Brown has the likely favorite, Stella Street (#4). Class droppers like this are always dangerous in these kinds of spots, but I’m not exactly excited about betting this one at a very short price. After all, she really hasn’t done much running in any of her U.S. starts, and even her connections are now conceding that she just may not be that good. She can win, but I prefer MARNESIA BIG GIRL (#10) at a more enticing price. The $40,000 claimer that she’s exiting was deeper than the field she encounters today, and I thought she ran very well within the context of the race. The pace was slow and the race was nearly wired by a long shot. Marnesia Big Girl was the only horse to make a serious impact from well back in the pack, as she was absolutely flying through the final furlong. The Pace Projector is predicting a fast pace this time, which should help set up her late kick.

Win: 10

Exacta Box: 4,10

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Saratoga Monday Highlight Horse: Night Prowler looks ready to strike in his return

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>Saratoga | Race 7 | Monday August 22nd | Post Time 4:24 EDT | Go To The TimeformUS PPs

The likely favorite is March (#10), who returns from a lengthy layoff after running his best race ever, a runner-up finish in the Grade 1 Hollywood Derby. If he returns at that level, he’s likely to beat this field, but that’s no guarantee, as he must overcome this outside post position.

Macagone (#7) is a threat to wire the field after being done in by a fast pace (color-coded in red) in the Kingston, but I wonder how much pressure he can withstand from other potential speeds like English Minister and Fredericksburg. Ascend (#2) has done just that in recent starts, as he’s moved through his conditions with steadily improved performances. This is undoubtedly the toughest field he’s encountered, but he does draw a great inside post position and can’t be dismissed.

While I respect those aforementioned runners, including likely favorite March, I’m more interested in Chad Brown’s other horse, NIGHT PROWLER (#4).

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This one is also coming off a layoff, but Chad Brown does fine with horses in these situations (100 trainer rating). He had his three-year-old season cut short after a non-effort in the Hall of Fame up here, but actually ran quite well previously in a few spots, including his second place finish in the Penn Mile after a wide trip. If he can work out a ground-saving trip under Javier Castellano, I think he can get in the mix at a decent price.

THE PLAY

Win/Place: 4
Exacta Key Box: 4 with 2,7,10

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Horses in Focus At Saratoga on Monday August 22nd

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Race 6

Awesome Gent (#4)

Has had excuses in recent starts (wet tracks, a tough spot, and the wrong distance).

Is good enough to contend with these when he’s at his best.

Addition of blinkers should help him stay focused.

5/1 on ML
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Race 7:

Night Prowler (#4)

Chad Brown gets a 100 trainer rating with horses coming off layoffs of this type.

Ran well in a few tough spots as a three-year-old.

Drew a much better post position than his stablemate, who will take more money.

10/1 on ML

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