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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 Preview Page
The Fast PPs
• Result Charts
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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
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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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Sunday’s TimeformUS Highlight Horse: High Promise looks ready to deliver in third start off the layoff

Belmont | Race 4 | Post Time 3:04 p.m. (ET) | Go to the TimeformUS PPs

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The two obvious horses that are going to take money are Im the Captain Now (#6) and Peace Speaker (#12). The former has run well in his recent starts at or around this distance, but he’s starting to run out of chances, and the latter must prove that he can negotiate the 10 furlongs after two strong runs going shorter. I’ll use both, but I want try a runner that figures to offer a bit more value.

HIGH PROMISE (#5) showed some promise early in his career, finishing a closing fourth in a solid maiden race at Belmont last October. After that, he didn’t get to try the turf again until he returned as a three-year-old this summer. He was moving well late to be fourth in that July 28 return, and followed that up with an improved performance when cut back to a mile on September 9. He found a seam on the rail that day, and made the lead prematurely approaching the stretch. He appeared to lose focus when clear and got passed by the eventual winner. Having dropped 2 lengths behind that runner with a furlong to go, he re-rallied well to make it close on the line.

Now High Promise gets a positive rider switch to Luis Saez, and trainer Brian Lynch gets a 92 Trainer Rating with horses making their third starts off a layoff. I don’t think we’ve seen the best of this horse yet, and I’m encouraged that he showed improved tactical speed with the blinkers added last time, since there isn’t much early pace in this race.

THE PLAY 

Win/Place: 5

Exacta Key Box: 5 with 2,6,9,10,12

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Belmont Horses in Focus for Sunday, September 24th

Race 1: Baby Bear’s Soup (#1)

David Jacobson’s runners have been running well in the first three weeks of the Belmont fall meet.

Has been in great form since returning from the short layoff this summer.

DRF Formulator Fact: Over the past five years, David Jacobson is 34 for 116 (29%, $2.60 ROI) with horses moving from turf to scheduled dirt sprints, excluding off the turf races.

5-2 on ML

 

Race 2: Kharafa (#6)

Finished behind Get Jets last time, but had the more taxing trip, making a prolonged wide move while the winner rode the rail.

Has won three of the last four editions of the Ashley T. Cole.

Should get the jump on Get Jets again this time, but this race is likely to feature a more moderate pace.

5-2 on ML

 

Race 3: Mrs. Ramona G. (#8)

Worked an impressive quarter mile in 20 4/5 seconds at the OBS sale this spring.

Kantharos is a 15% turf sire, and does even better in turf sprints.

Her dam has produced a turf winner, and is out of stakes-winning turf sprint specialist Beneficial Bartok.

12-1 on ML

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Saturday’s TimeformUS Highlight Horse: Focus Group stretches back out to a more appropriate distance

Belmont | Race 8 | Post Time 5:13 p.m. (ET) | Go to the TimeformUS PPs
 
Gauguin (#3) has run the fastest races and obviously handles this distance. He’s a deserving favorite here, but nothing about him really excites me. He was justifiably disqualified and placed behind Rocketry two back, and then benefited from a legitimate pace when second-best to that same foe last time. One scenario that could potentially beat him is if Memories of Peter (#4) gets left alone on the lead today. There doesn’t appear to be that much early speed in this field, and Memories of Peter can be very dangerous in races at this distance when he has circumstances in his favor. That said, his best efforts aren’t quite as strong as those of Gauguin, so they’re going to have to step up their game to beat this favorite.
 
I think there’s at least one runner in this field who has significant room for improvement.
 
 
FOCUS GROUP (#2) was visually impressive when winning his maiden at Saratoga two back. He clearly relished the stretch-out in distance to 11 furlongs and came with a powerful stretch run to close down the leaders late. His first start against winners looks very disappointing at first glance, but he never was given a proper chance that day. The Saratoga turf course was especially kind to runners with inside position at that point in the meet, and he was wide and rated well off a glacial early pace that held together. He’s going to appreciate getting more ground to work with this time, and I don’t think we’ve seen the best of this colt yet.
 
THE PLAY
 
Win: 2
Exacta Key Box: 2 with 3,4,8,9,10
Trifecta: 2 with 3,4 with 3,4,8,9,10
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Friday’s TimeformUS Highlight Horse: Mom’s a Cougar should love the switch to turf

Belmont | Race 2 | Post Time 2:01 p.m. (ET) | Go to the TimeformUS PPs

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I’m just not enamored with any of the runners coming out of the Aug. 30 turf sprint at this level. May Flowers (#3) probably put in the best performance given the dynamics of that race. She always shows up with her reliable late run, but she so rarely seems to make it to the winner’s circle. The other horse that ran reasonably well in that race was R Lucky Charm (#1), who was one or two paths off the rail throughout, and did well to hang on for third while never really threatening for a higher placing. I don’t know what to do with Avery Maeve (#10), who was a major disappointment last time. She did have some minor trouble on the far turn, but she could just be tailing off after running well earlier in the summer.

I want a new face, so I’m taking a shot with MOM’S A COUGAR (#9).

This mare handled a sloppy, sealed track last time in her first start for new trainer Abel Castellano, and proficiency on that kind of surface is sometimes indicative of turf ability. There is also pedigree evidence to suggest she’ll appreciate this surface switch. Her dam never won on grass but may have been best on that surface, and this mare is a half-sister to Mom’s On Strike, who is stakes-placed on turf. Furthermore, Mom’s On Strike is by the relatively poor turf sire First Dude, whereas Mom’s a Cougar is by 15 percent turf sire Kantharos.

THE PLAY 

Win: 9

Exacta Key Box: 9 with 1,3,10,11

Trifecta: 9 with 1,3 with 1,3,10,11

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Belmont Horses in Focus for Friday, September 22nd

Race 2: Mom’s a Cougar (#9)
Is bred for turf, since sired by 15% turf sire Kantharos.
Is a half-sister to turf stakes-placed runner Mom’s On Strike.
Handled a sloppy, sealed track, which is sometimes indicative of turf ability.
6-1 on ML

Race 4: Carrera Cat (#2)
Was off slowly and rushed up into contention while racing in tight quarters in her debut.
Was never fully clear when making her run down the stretch last time.
Is bred to stretch out in distance, as a half-sister to turf route winner Kitty Maddnes.
4-1 on ML

Race 7: Proper Freud (#10)
The Pace Projector is predicting he will get a fast pace to close into.
Gets a very positive rider switch to Kendrick Carmouche.
Was running competitive races as recently as this winter, and the step up in class is a good sign.
20-1 on ML

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Thursday’s TimeformUS Highlight Horse: Classic Covey has room for improvement in his return

Belmont | Race 5 | Post Time 3:36 p.m. (ET) | Go to the TimeformUS PPs

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Chad Brown entered a pair of well-bred first-time starters who came with hefty price tags, but only one will start. Untraceable (#1) worked a furlong in 10 1/5 seconds at the Fasig-Tipton sale in 2016 and is a half-brother to Bear Tough Tiger, a talented sprinter. This barn will take its time with horses when necessary, but it’s still somewhat concerning that this colt is debuting toward the end of his 3-year-old season after showing precocity at the two-year-old sale.

Of those who have run, Jahaafel (#3) figures to take the most money. He rode the rail, which was definitely the place to be on the Saratoga turf course, whereas Now in a Drive (#4) had a much tougher trip in that race. While Jahaafel was cutting the corner, Now in a Drive had to steady and got spun out in the 3 or 4 path around the far turn. He’s the one I would want out of that race, but he’s had many chances already at this level.

I instead want to get a little creative, so I’m taking a shot with CLASSIC COVEY (#7) off the layoff.

Classic Covey ran well in his debut last fall at Aqueduct, making a belated bid behind the talented runner Yoshida after being reserved in the early stages. Bill Mott’s runners improve with racing, and Classic Covey returns as a new gelding and with Lasix for the first time. Furthermore, over the past five years, Mott is 9 for 39 (23 percent, $2.22 ROI) with maidens coming off layoffs of 180 days or longer in turf routes.

THE PLAY

Win: 7

Exacta Key Box: 7 with 1,3,4,9

Trifecta: 7 with 1,4 with 1,3,4,6,9

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Belmont Horses in Focus for Thursday, September 21st

Race 4: Lucky Lotto (#7)

One mile is one of his best distances.

Was compromised by a slow pace and speed-favoring surface last time.

Makes his first start off the claim for the Robertino Diodoro barn, currently managed by assistant trainer Rob Atras.

7-2 on ML

 

Race 5: Classic Covey (#7)

Made a strong late run in his debut behind the talented Yoshida.

Returns as a new gelding and gets Lasix for the first time.

DRF Formulator Fact: Over the past five years, Bill Mott is 9 for 39 (23%, $2.22 ROI) with maidens coming off 180 day layoffs or more in turf routes.

10-1 on ML

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