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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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Our state-of-the-art, single-number measure of all-around performance.
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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: Maiden Claiming $40,000 at 5.5 furlongs on turf

In a race where it’s hard to trust those with turf form and longtime maiden Junger (#8) seems like the horse to beat, it’s probably not a bad idea to look for a new face. For me, that horse is STONY BROOK (#3). This horse faced tougher maiden special weight company at Monmouth in his debut and has some angles working in his favor today. Jason Servis, who gets just a 50 trainer rating with his debut runners, gets a 92 rating with second-time starters. Furthermore, Jason Servis excels with turf sprinters (100 trainer rating) and does well when riding Irad Ortiz (100 trainer rating).  This horse actually has some turf pedigree as a half-sister to 5-time turf sprint winner Subtle.
Win: 3

Exacta Key Box: 3 with 2,4,8

 

Race 4: Claiming $16,000 at 9 furlongs

I’m going to try to get our old friend LUCKY LOTTO (#1) back to the winner’s circle on the drop in class.  While his recent form has been disappointing, you can at least make an excuse for his last race, in which the pace was very slow (all fractions color-coded in blue) and the winner wired the field. He now takes a steep drop in class and should prove superior to this group if he gets any pace to close into. One would imagine he will find a more favorable scenario here with the speedy Readthebyline and stretching-out Cousin Stephen in the race.
Win: 1

Exacta Key Box: 1 with 3,5

 

Race 6: Claiming $25,000 at 6 furlongs

If you disregard the last race for UNCHARTED COURSE (#6), in which he was away slowly and left too far behind early over a speed-favoring racetrack, he is very much the horse to beat in this spot. He’s run well at the N2X optional claiming level on occasion, but this drop down to $25,000 is certainly logical considering how tough those races can come up. The Pace Projector is predicting a situation favoring horses on or near the lead and he’s drawn well outside of the other speeds, which should allow Manny Franco to work out a nice stalking trip.
 
Win: 6 

Trifecta: 6 with 3,4,5 with 3,4,5

 

Race 8: Allowance at 8.5 furlongs on turf

You could make the argument that TABLE FOR SIX (#7) should have won both of her last two starts. Two back at Belmont she was badly hampered at the start when squeezed back between horses. She had to make a wide run into the stretch and finished well to get up for third behind a perfect-trip winner. Then last time she was compromised by drawing a wide post position. Javier Castellano tried to do the right thing by taking her back early, but he was never able to get over to the rail and she had to launch a four-wide move on the far turn. I expect Javier to have her somewhat closer to the pace this time, and she looms a likely winner if she has any luck at all.
Win: 7
Trifecta: 7 with 3,4,6 with 3,4,6,8,9,11

Trifecta: 7 with 8,9,11 with 3,4,6

 

Race 9: The With Anticipation (G2) at 8.5 furlongs on turf

While I generally shy away from taking horses stretching out in distance from turf sprints, especially coming off wins, I cannot shake the feeling that MADE YOU LOOK (#2) is simply the most talented horse in this race. This horse is bred to be special, since he’s out of a daughter of the great broodmare and racemare Serena’s Song. He ran well enough in his debut while no match for the swift Red Lodge, who returned to win a stakes earlier this month. Made You Look put it all together second time out, getting the better of two horses who returned to photo for the win in a route maiden race earlier at this meet. In a race where the others have kept some very questionable company, I know that Made You Look is a quality colt, and he has the right rider on his back to orchestrate this stretch-out.

Win: 2
Trifecta: 2 with 7 with 3,4,5,6
Trifecta: 2 with 3,4,5,6 with 7

 

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Saratoga Monday Highlight Horse: Trainer switch and turnback move up Washington’s Song

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I’m hoping that between the speedy types Firsthand Report and True Charm, enough pace materializes to set up the late run of WASHINGTON’S SONG (#1).

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After easily winning her debut, she actually ran much better than it appears in her second start. She was away towards the back of the pack that day, and then was steadied sharply while making a sudden move towards the leaders heading into the far turn. She was spun out wide from there, and actually did well to recover in time to nab second. She didn’t want any part of two turns in the Ginger Brew and now returns for new trainer Chad Brown, who gets a 98 trainer rating off layoffs of this type as well as with turf sprinters.

Firsthand Report (#3) and Lady of Victory (#4) both ran well in similar spots last time and must be included. I’ll also throw in Enchanteresse (#5), who may appreciate cutting back in distance for Tom Proctor, who is more than capable off layoffs of this type.

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Win: 1

Exacta Key Box: 1 with 3,4,5

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

 

 

 

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Horses in Focus At Saratoga on Monday August 29th

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Race 3:


Washington’s Song (#1)
 
Was ridden into traffic and steadied hard in her second start.
Chad Brown gets a 100 trainer rating off trainer switches.
Should get a fair pace to close into with Firsthand Report and True Charm hooking up early.
7/2 on ML
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Race 7:
 
Hamptons Holiday (#5)
 
Rudy Rodriguez gets an 85 trainer rating with second-time starters.
Closed well after getting shuffled back heading into the far turn in debut.
Should appreciate the stretch-out to 7 furlongs.
3/1 on ML
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Race 10:
 
Albert Charles (#3)
 
Ian Wilkes, a 17-rated debut trainer, gets a 64 rating with second-time starters.
May have been racing on a dead rail in his debut.
Gets Lasix for the first time, a 74-rated move for this barn.
6/1 on ML

 

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

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Race 2: Maiden Claiming $40,000 at 8.5 furlongs on turf

In a race where I’m just not bowled over by the horses that have been running at this level, I want to find a relatively new face. RAPT (#1) might be that horse as he makes his first start for a tag on the turf. He has been badly overmatched in both of his starts over that surface at Belmont, running into Dream Doctor and Cloontia, two talented New York-breds that each went on to win their next races against tougher company. He was finally dropped in for a tag last time, but the race was rained off the grass. While I don’t think we can learn too much about his ability at this level from that performance, it was at least encouraging to see him show more early speed. If he can get a forward position from the rail today, I believe he can sneak through for the win.

Win: 1

Exacta Key Box: 1 with 2,5,9,10

 

Race 3: Allowance at 5.5 furlongs on turf

I’m hoping that between the speedy types Firsthand Report and True Charm, enough pace materializes to set up the late run of WASHINGTON’S SONG (#1). After easily winning her debut, she actually ran much better than it appears in her second start. She was away towards the back of the pack that day, and then was steadied sharply while making a sudden move towards the leaders heading into the far turn. She was spun out wide from there, and actually did well to recover in time to nab second. She didn’t want any part of two turns in the Ginger Brew and now returns for new trainer Chad Brown, who gets a 98 trainer rating off layoffs of this type as well as with turf sprinters.

Firsthand Report (#3) and Lady of Victory (#4) both ran well in similar spots last time and must be included. I’ll also throw in Enchanteresse (#5), who may appreciate cutting back in distance for Tom Proctor, who is more than capable off layoffs of this type.

Win: 1

Exacta Key Box: 1 with 3,4,5

 

Race 7: Maiden Special Weight at 7 furlongs

Other horses ran faster first time out, but the second-time starter that I  believe is most likely to take a step forward today is HAMPTONS HOLIDAY (#5). This horse broke with the pack, but steadily dropped back through the opening furlong as others were ridden more aggressively. Irad Ortiz did a good job of schooling him in behind horses as he took kickback in his face around the turn. He didn’t actually find a clear path until they straightened away from the stretch drive, and he actually put in a strong rally to just miss getting up for second. Rudy Rodriguez gets a solid 85 trainer rating with second-time starters, and I believe we’ll see a better effort out of this one today.

Others with dirt experience that are worth including are Pat On the Back (#10), who comes out of a decent race for Ken McPeek, who does slightly better with second-time starters, and Tellmeafookystory (#11), who was no match for the talented Syndergaard last time. Of the firsters, Cespedes (#9) attracted the services of Javier Castellano, who does great work with Rudy Rodriguez (96 rating), and Callant (#8), who goes out for former Kiaran McLaughlin assistant Art Magnuson.

Win: 5

Exacta Key Box: 5 with 1,8,9,10,11

 

Race 9: The Better Talk Now at 8 furlongs on turf

While there are a few proven turf runners in this race that have real ability, like Our Way (#7) and Hammers Vision (#6), I’m interested in a horse that is getting on this surface for the first time. CONQUEST BIG E (#5) has always shown potential but has had trouble putting it all together on dirt. His last race in the Gotham was actually a much better effort than it appears on the surface when you consider that he was wide against a gold rail and speed-favoring track that day. He’s run his best races over sloppy, sealed tracks, which are often handled by horses with turf ability. Furthermore, he’s by solid turf sire Tapit out of a dam that has produced a four-time turf winner. Mark Casse has decent numbers off layoffs of this type (82 trainer rating).

Win/Place: 5

Exacta Key Box: 5 with 6,7

 

Race 10: Maiden Claiming $50,000 at 6 furlongs

I typically favor horses dropping out of maiden special weight races in these spots, and I think there’s an intriguing runner that fits that profile here. ALBERT CHARLES (#3) finished last in his debut, but that came against a much tougher crew of open maidens. One Liner was hyped before that win, and Royal Copy and Pretty Boy Flash came back to finish first and second in a maiden race later at the meet. Watching back all of the races from July 23, it appears that the rail may have not been the place to be on the main track, and Albert Charles darted to the rail soon after the start and was glued to it for the entire race. I believe that may have hindered his performance. Furthermore, Ian Wilkes, who gets a paltry 17 trainer rating with horses making their debuts, does much better with second-time starters (64 rating) and horses getting Lasix for the first time (74 rating).

Win/Place: 3

 

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Excerpt from our Saratoga Betting Strategies Coverage: Horses in Focus on Sunday August 28th

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Race 5:

Captain Gaughen (#1)

Ran better than it appears in his two starts for these connections.

Has sprinted on turf only a few times in his career, but they’re some of his best efforts.

Is coupled with the speedy Asset Inflation, who lends balance to the entry.

2/1 on ML


Race 8:

Formal Summation (#8)

Jeremiah Englehart gets an 82 trainer rating first off the claim.

Was away slowly last time, forcing him to adopt closing tactics.

The Pace Projector is predicting he’ll be on the lead in a situation favoring the frontrunner today.

20/1 on ML


Race 10:

Means Well (#7)

Alan Goldberg gets a 100 trainer rating with his turf sprinters.

Is one of the classiest runners in the field.

Is out of a sprinting dam and is a full-sister to a multiple turf sprint winner.

15/1 on ML

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Ready Now: Saratoga Betting Strategies For Sunday’s Card

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Excerpt from our Saratoga Betting Strategies Coverage: Horses in Focus on Travers Day

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Race 8:
 
Mohaymen (#6)
 
The Pace Projector is predicting that he’ll get a fast pace to close into.
Kiaran McLaughlin gets a 94 trainer rating with horses turning back from routes to sprints.
Won around one turn as a two-year-old.
5/1 on ML
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Race 11:
 
Governor Malibu (#4)
 
The Pace Projector is predicting that he’ll get a fast pace to close into.
Was twiced checked in traffic in the stretch of the Belmont Stakes.
Was compromised by a slow pace in the Jim Dandy.
12/1 on ML
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Race 12: 
 
Onus (#7)
 
The Pace Projector is predicting that she’ll be up front in a situation favoring horses on or near the lead.
Was the only horse involved in the fast pace of the Diana to still be around at the finish.
Should go off at an inflated price with Lady Eli garnering so much sentimental play.
12/1 on ML

 

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