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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
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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
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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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: Highway Star has the tactical speed to work out a favorable trip in the Gallant Bloom

Belmont Park | Race 8 | Post Time 5:18 p.m. (ET) | Go to the FREE TimeformUS PPs

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This Gallant Bloom drew a very competitive field in which all 7 of the entrants have a legitimate chance to win. The likely favorite is Lewis Bay (#3), one of three fillies exiting the Grade 1 Ballerina. While she was somewhat disappointing in finishing third that day, that was hardly her best effort. If she can run back to her performance in the Bed O Roses two back, she’s going to be pretty formidable in this spot. That day she was able to race right up on a moderate pace, and a similar scenario could play out in this spot.

The Pace Projector is predicting a situation favoring runners on or near the lead, and she figures to be right up there, if not leading the field through the opening furlongs. I’m using her, but she once again faces a legitimate rival in Still There, who edged her out for second in the Ballerina last time. Still There (#1) has obviously improved this summer for Dane Kobiskie and she will be formidable if she repeats her Ballerina effort.

Union Strike (#6) may have had the toughest trip of the trio exiting the Ballerina as she was hindered by the slow pace in that race. However, she’s likely to face a similar race flow in this spot.

I’m taking a shot against these fillies with HIGHWAY STAR (#4), who figures to go off at a much more enticing price. Some may argue that this filly has not returned in top form this year, and I think there’s some merit to that point of view. However, it’s not as if she’s run that badly. I thought she bounced back very well in the Ruffian in early May, as she made the first move and just got tired late. She did well to survive a fast pace in the Critical Eye next time out, and then I feel that she may have reacted negatively to coming back on just 11 days’ rest in the Bed O Roses. Based on the TimeformUS Speed Figures hat she’s earned in her last three races, she’s just as fast as she ever was. She missed the Ballerina due to a minor ailment, but she had reportedly been training well prior to that. She has the tactical speed to sit just off Lewis Bay early and you know she’s going to give you everything she has if she’s still in contention at the quarter pole.

THE PLAY

Win/Place: 4

Exacta Key Box: 4 with 1,3,5,6

Trifecta: 3,4 with 3,4 with ALL

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Belmont Park Horses in Focus for Sunday, September 23rd

Race 4: Candirita (#2)

Was off the pace and wide over a racetrack that was favoring inside speed last time.

Is bred to handle turf as there are some high class grass performers deep in his female family.

Brian Lynch gets an 89 Trainer Rating with horses making their third career starts.

12-1 on ML

Race 7: Feeling Bossy (#6)

Puts in her best races at Belmont Park, where she has registered 5 for her 7 career wins.

Ran well enough to win this when winning the Mount Vernon back in May over a similar “good” turf course.

Should appreciate the stretch-out to 9 furlongs more than some of her main rivals.

6-1 on ML

Race 8: Highway Star (#4)

The Pace Projector is predicting a situation favoring horses on or near the lead, and she figures to be sitting close early.

May have reacted negatively to running back on just 11 days’ rest in her flat Bed O Roses performance last time.

She has run well off brief freshenings in the past.

10-1 on ML​

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Saturday TimeformUS Highlight Horse: Mini P is well spotted for his U.S. debut

Belmont Park | Race 3 | Post Time 2:34 p.m. (ET) | Go to the TimeformUS PPs

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Course Correction (#2) is likely to go favored here for Chad Brown despite losing as the favorite in two consecutive starts. This colt really had no excuse to lose back on May 6, when he got a good ground-saving trip and had no answer once the closers made their moves in the lane. He didn’t fare much better last time on July 30, as he again got into a contending position but had no kick over the final furlong. I think this colt is a little overrated, and I’m against him here.

I prefer Rhode Island (#6), who beat Course Correction last time they met on May 6. This horse needed his first couple of races at Gulfstream, but he really put things together when stretched out to today’s 10-furlong distance. The problem is that he hasn’t been seen for more than four months, and it’s never a good sign to see connections stop on a runner who was seemingly in good form.

I’m taking a shot against both of these colts with MINI P (#7). This Irish-bred runner makes his first start in this country after a pair of efforts in England to start his career. He actually ran very well in his career debut at Newbury. He was reserved in the back half of a 16-horse field, well off the early lead. He made a strong stretch bid to challenge the leader in the lane but was turned away in the final sixteenth. The 97 Timeform Rating that he was assigned for that performance was an encouraging start to his career, and the Timeform Foreign Comments indicate that it was a strong effort. They got a little too ambitious in trying a Group 3 off that effort, and the horse reacted badly. Now he makes his U.S. debut for Christophe Clement, who can certainly prepare a foreign shipper to win in this country. I thought he worked very well over the dirt surface in his drill on Sept. 15, and I wouldn’t be shocked to discover that this colt is just better than his American rivals.

THE PLAY

Win: 7

Exacta Key Box: 7 with 2,5,6

Trifecta: 7 with 2,6 with 2,4,5,6​

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Friday TimeformUS Highlight Horse: Cilantro’s speed makes her a wire-to-wire threat on the stretch-out

Belmont Park | Race 5 | Post Time 3:41 p.m. (ET) | Go to the TimeformUS PPs 
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Land Mine (#4) has to be considered the horse to beat off her runner-up effort in the Saratoga Dew last time. She’s proven going the distance, and she has clearly returned in top form for Phil Serpe this summer. My one concern is that she hung badly in the late stages last time after a decent trip. Frostie Anne is a game filly who likes to win races, but Land Mine had the full length of the stretch to get by her and just couldn’t do it.

Cilantro

The Pace Projector is predicting a situation favoring horses on or near the lead since there is not an abundance of early speed in this race. I think that could make CILANTRO (#2) very dangerous on the stretch-out. While she is a daughter of speed influence Distorted Humor, there is plenty of stamina on the dam’s side of her pedigree. Her dam was a route winner on turf, and she is a half-sister to the dams of Belmont Stakes runner-up Commissioner and New York-bred routers So Lonesome and Ack Naughty. Todd Pletcher has very good numbers with stretch-outs on dirt, and I feel that this filly should have gotten some added fitness out of her return effort at seven furlongs last time. Speed and the rail have been advantages on the main track at Belmont to varying degrees over the past week.

In addition to the favorite, I’ll also use her with Indy Union (#1), who had no chance over a speed-favoring surface last time and should appreciate some subtle class relief.

THE PLAY

Win: 2
Exacta Key Box: 2 with 1,3,4
Trifecta: 2 with 1,4 with 1,3,4,5​

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Belmont Horses in Focus for Friday, September 21

Race 5: Cilantro (#2)

  • The Pace Projector is predicting a situation favoring horses on or near the lead, and she is a potential front-runner.
  • Todd Pletcher does very well with horses stretching out to routes for the first time on dirt.
  • Has plenty of stamina breeding on the bottom side of her pedigree.

5-2 on ML

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Race 7: Miles of Humor (#6)

  • The Pace Projector is predicting a fast pace, which should aid this runner as the blinkers come off.
  • Ran better than it appears last time as he made the first move into a pace that fell apart.
  • His recent efforts have been strong, and a solid recent string of workouts suggests that he’s holding his form well.

8-1 on ML

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Race 9: Risp (#1)

  • Was heavily touted prior to his debut and was bet down to favoritism for a barn that rarely wins first time out.
  • Traveled 42 feet farther than winner Poppy’s Destiny last time, according to Trakus, and lost by only a half-length.
  • The Pace Projector is predicting that he will get a fast pace to close into.

7-2 on ML

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Thursday TimeformUS Highlight Horse: Wegetsdamunnys’s turf races are better than they appear

Belmont Park | Race 5 | Post Time 3:41 p.m. (ET) | Go to the TimeformUS PPs
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Giant Zinger (#5) has not run quite as fast as a few of her rivals, but she’s coming off two straight victories and must be considered a major threat to continue her march through her New York-bred conditions. While she won by only a nose in each of her last two starts, she’s beaten some decent fillies. That was especially true last time, when she went three wide around the far turn and made the first move ahead of the talented Myhartblongstodady. I’m using her, but there are definitely others to consider.

Purely Lucky (#4) skipped this condition when she tried her hand against open N1X allowance foes two back, and she actually ran very well that day. A dirt experiment failed last time, and now she’s heading back to the right class level. I do wonder if she wants to go a bit farther than 1 1/16 miles, but I think she must be used.

I’m using both of these fillies, but I think it would be unwise to dismiss the horses coming out of the New York Stallion Series Stakes on Aug. 9. Kreesie (#7) had some trouble that day as she got caught between horses in upper stretch, but she ultimately had her chance in the late stages and flattened out.

Wegetsdamunnys

I’ve been a fan of that race’s runner-up, WEGETSDAMUNNYS (#1), and I think her turf races are better than they appear. She had to alter course multiple times when rallying through the lane on June 24, and then last time out, she rallied determinedly despite going wide around both turns. She’s proven that distance is no issue for her, and I like that she’s drawn inside this time.

THE PLAY

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

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Belmont Horses in Focus for Thursday, September 20

Race 5: Wegetsdamunnys (#1)

  • Performed better than it sees in her turf debut on June 24, as she altered course multiple times in the lane.
  • Overcame a 3-wide trip last time to fall just a nose short against a decent field.
  • Draws a more advantageous inside post position for this distance on the inner turf.

9-2 on ML

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