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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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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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 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.

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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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Sunday TimeformUS Highlight Horse: Fire Away should get the right pace setup in the Poker

Belmont Park | Race 9 | Post Time 5:50 p.m. (ET) | Go to the TimeformUS PPs

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Oscar Performance (#3) has to be considered the horse to beat following a stellar three-year-old campaign that saw him win a pair of Grade 1 races. His finest effort last year may have come in the Turf Classic against older horses, when he just missed finishing second behind Beach Patrol in a tough field of older horses. He’s turning back to a mile for his four-year-old debut, and he has run very well going shorter in the past. However, he’s also been a horse that prefers to be placed up close to the pace, and there is speed outside of him with Black Tide and Voodoo Song in the field. Furthermore, he’s the kind of horses that has need a start or two to get into form in the past.

Ballagh Rocks (#4), last year’s winner of this race, appears to be his stiffest competition. However, he did get a very good trip last time behind Heart to Heart and this race came up tougher than last year.

I’m trying to beat these horses with FIRE AWAY (#8), who really doesn’t need to improve much on his Danger’s Hour victory to beat this field. He’s been a completely different horse ever since Shug McGaughey turned him back to a flat mile. I don’t care that much about the dirt race last time, but it at least illustrates that he’s maintained very good form. Furthermore, I love his running style for a race that figures to feature an honest early pace.

I’ll also use Made You Look (#5), in addition to the favorites, since he really improved in his first start for Chad Brown.

THE PLAY

Win: 8

Exacta Key Box: 8 with 3,4,5

Trifecta: 8 with 3,4,5 with 1,3,4,5,7

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Saturday TimeformUS Highlight Horse: Cozzy Spring’s speed makes her a threat to Holiday Disguise

Belmont Park | Race 9 | Post Time 5:50 p.m. (ET) | Go to the TimeformUS PPs

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At first glance, Holiday Disguise (#5) appears to outclass this group. She’s a graded stakes winner dropping back in against New York-breds. However, despite all of her accomplishments, her speed figures do not indicate that she is a standout in this race. Others have shown themselves to be capable of running nearly as fast. Furthermore, she’s really best at seven furlongs, and this race may be a bit too short for her. I’m using her prominently, but I think she’s going to be an underlay.

While a few of these fillies have speed, none is as fast in the early going as COZZY SPRING (#2). She’s raced primarily against weaker company, but she has nevertheless run a series of TimeformUS Speed Figures that make her very competitive with Holiday Disguise. Her return last time is actually better than it seems since Joel Rosario was too concerned with rating her along on the lead, thus letting others into the race by the time they got to the quarter pole. The winner got the jump on her, but Cozzy Spring battled back gamely all the way to the finish. This filly is best when her rider lets her roll, and that’s exactly what Dylan Davis would do last year. Six furlongs is the perfect distance, and she figures to offer some value.

I’ll primarily key her with Holiday Disguise in exotics, but I will also use Cozzy Spring’s stablemate Absatootly (#7), who is capable at her best but can be difficult to pin down.

THE PLAY

Win: 2

Exacta Key Box: 2 with 5,7

Trifecta: 2,5 with 2,5 with 3,7​

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Friday TimeformUS Highlight Horse: Tiz He the One should benefit from less distance on the turf

Belmont Park | Race 7 | Post Time 6:18 p.m. (ET) | Go to the TimeformUS PPs

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This is one of the more intriguing races on the card. I’m just not thrilled with Yummy Bear (#8), who gets back to the right spot after being overmatched in the Kingston last time. He typically runs well, but he’s had his chances at this level and usually finds someone to beat him.

Battle Station (#9) is sure to take money as he returns to turf for the dangerous Wesley Ward barn. The Pace Projector is predicting that he will be on the lead in a situation favoring the front-runner. I do find it somewhat curious that they have focused solely on dirt racing since he made his winning grass debut last fall, but perhaps those are where the opportunities were as a New York-bred. I’m using him defensively, but he will need to improve.

Ambassador Jim (#1) is a difficult call since he just hasn’t taken a step forward since his 2-year-old season. He gets needed class relief, but I’m not sure it will be enough. I’m most interested in one who figures to go off at a much bigger price.

TIZ HE THE ONE (#12) made two turf starts last summer at Laurel. I’m not concerned about his performance on Aug. 5 since that race was run over boggy conditions that he clearly didn’t handle. His prior effort on July 15 was actually quite good. Bombs Away, the winner of that race, is a talented horse who was in very good form at the time. Tiz He the One did well to chase him before getting a bit tired late. It seems likely that he prefers a shorter distance than that, so I like this spot as he returns as a new gelding.

THE PLAY

Win: 12

Exacta Key Box: 12 with 1,8,9​

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Belmont Park Horses in Focus for Friday, June 15th

Race 4: Too Foofoo for You (#2)
Was hindered by the inside post position last time as she was steadied repeatedly into the turn as horses came over on her.
Gets blinkers for her second start.
Should appreciate the stretch-out to six furlongs.
6-1 on ML

Race 7: Tiz He the One (#12)
Ran better than it seems in his turf debut when chasing the talented Bombs Away going two turns.
Can excuse his August race, in which he didn’t care for boggy conditions.
Should appreciate the turnback to a sprint distance.
12-1 on ML​

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Thursday TimeformUS Highlight Horse: Slick Silver should appreciate the switch to turf

Belmont Park | Race 5 | Post Time 3:41 p.m. (ET) | Go to the TimeformUS PPs

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This is arguably the toughest race on the card, since you can make valid cases for all of the 10 runners. I don’t want Hangman or Overnight Success, who both figure to take money after running well against a weaker group last time. The horse with the best recent turf effort may be Union Ranks, who set a legitimate pace last time while facing a strong field. He should appreciate the turnback to 7 furlongs. I’m using him, but I’m most interested in new faces.

There are reasons to like both first-time turf horses in this race, but the one that I want to bet is SLICK SILVER (#1). You generally want to avoid horses that are going to get bet off dirt efforts when they’re moving to turf. However, this horse has proven that he possesses real ability and I believe he will be well suited by this surface switch. His lightly raced dam won her only turf start, and Kantharos has proven to be an excellent turf influence, especially in sprints (18% winners). You don’t see too many Steve Asmussen horses ship into New York from a different circuit outside of Saratoga, so I think it’s meaningful that they’re getting ambitious for this colt’s turf debut.

The other horse that I want to include at a massive price is first time starter Carom (#4). This may just be too difficult a spot for a horse to debut, but there are reasons to believe that this one has ability. I loved the way he was moving in his drill at the OBS sale last year, and it seems that others did, too, since $185,000 is a lot of money to pay for a son of Data Link. He comes from a classy female family that has produced top turf horses Jimmy Simms and Well Monied, as well as dirt horse Economic Model. Robert Ribaudo’s stats are skewed by a large number of cheap horses, but he knows how to get a firster ready.

THE PLAY

Win: 1
Win/Place: 4
Exacta Key Box: 1 with 3,4,5,6,8,10
Exacta Key Box: 4 with 3,5,8

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Belmont Park Horses in Focus for Thursday, June 14th

Race 3: La Contessa (#7)

Didn’t run that badly in her turf debut and then was hampered by a bumping incident on the turn in her second grass try.

Showed that she can handle the distance when breaking her maiden on dirt last time.

Her tactical speed should ensure that she works out a decent trip.

9-2 on ML

 

Race 5: Slick Silver (#1)

Is a likely winner of this race if he can transfer his dirt form to turf.

Sire Kantharos wins with 18% of his turf sprint starters, and his dam won her only start on turf.

Could play out as the controlling speed from his rail post position.

9-2 on ML

 

Race 7: A True Giant (#6)

The TimeformUS Speed Figure of 108 that he earned for his maiden score is one of the highest in the field.

The Pace Projector is predicting that he is significantly faster than the other runners likely to show speed.

DRF Formulator Fact: Over the past five years, Rudy Rodriguez is 7 for 19 (37 percent, $3.53 ROI) with debut winners returning in their second starts in dirt sprints at NYRA tracks.

8-5 on ML​

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Wednesday TimeformUS Highlight Horse: Double Cast stretches out to her preferred distance

Belmont Park | Race 3 | Post Time 2:37 p.m. (ET) | Go to the TimeformUS PPs
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I have no major problems with the probable heavy favorite Bengala (#3). This filly made a favorable impression in her U.S. debut at Keeneland. She launched a premature wide move leaving the backstretch and stayed on well through the lane. The winner, Creative Thinking, returned to register an impressive stakes victory next time out at Churchill Downs. Bengala had been tried in some tough spots in Ireland last year and may appreciate finally getting on firm turf.

I’m certainly using her, but I think she faces a legitimate foe in DOUBLE CAST (#6). These connections are never going to take much money, but they have a talented filly on their hands. It took Double Cast a long time to break out of maiden company, but that was partly due to some badly timed rides and poor luck. She’s been in good form for quite some time, and her four-yearold debut suggests that she may have taken a significant step forward over the winter. The distance of that race was probably too short for her, yet she was finishing strongly after a mildly uncomfortable trip.

Violet Blue (#1) is the other filly that some may consider as an alternative to the favorite. While she ran well on occasion last year, she got a very favorable setup on Sep. 27, the one time that she was effective in five starts against winners. It’s also possible that she may need a start off the layoff. Secede (#2), Bengala’s uncoupled stablemate, figures to set the pace in this spot after being soundly beaten by that one last time. The cutback in distance should help, but she’s hard to endorse off her prior form at Tampa Bay Downs.

THE PLAY

Win: 6
Exacta Key Box: 6 with 1,3
Trifecta: 3,6 with 3,6 with ALL​

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