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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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• Running Style and Early/Late Ratings

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How TimeformUS is Different

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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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Belmont Highlight Horse for Sunday: Lover’s Key returns to state-bred company

Belmont | Race 7 | Post Time 4:46 p.m. (ET) | Go to the TimeformUS PPs

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Paz the Bourbon (#3) is the deserving favorite in this spot. She’s run well in all of her turf starts, and made a successful return to the races in her seasonal debut last time out. While that race came against allowance company, she actually is not facing a tougher field in this spot. I have no major knocks against the favorite, but I’m far more interested in another runner.

LOVER’S KEY (#2) has been steadily stepping up in class and keeps winning despite having received some truly ridiculous rides. When she won her maiden three back, she was needlessly put into a drive on the far turn, ended up drifting about seven or eight paths off the rail while alone up front, and still won. Then, last time, she made a premature middle move after a runaway leader and ultimately forced the race to collapse. Yet somehow she won again. She’s finally getting a rider switch here, and it’s a very positive one. Seven furlongs should be perfect for her, and she’s one of the few runners with speed in a race that is predicted to favor horses on or near the lead.

THE PLAY

Win: 2

Exacta Key Box: 2 with 3,4

Trifecta: 2,3 with 2,3 with 1,4,7

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Belmont Horses in Focus for Sunday June 25th

Race 1: Lightning Buzz (#3)

Contested a fast pace last time, and put away his early rival before getting passed by closers late.

Should be fitter for his second start back from the layoff.

Has run races in the past that would make him competitive here.

7-2 on ML

 

Race 2: To Your Health (#5)

Overcame a slow pace last time and was the only horse making up significant ground late.

Appears to be in the best form of his career right now.

Is going out for connections that often get overlooked but are capable of winning here.

20-1 on ML

 

Race 7: Lover’s Key (#2)

Has significantly improved this spring for barn that gets a 99 Trainer Rating with its turf runners.

Has overcome some badly conceived rides in recent starts, particularly on April 1 and May 29.

Is one of the few horses with speed in a field lacking a confirmed front-runner.

5-1 on ML

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Belmont Highlight Horse for Saturday: If she breaks cleanly, Anna Liffey can pull off the upset

Belmont | Race 2 | Post Time 2:04 p.m. (ET) | Go to the TimeformUS PPs
 
The established options in this race are not very appealing. Hansen’s Help (#7) faced better runners as a two-year-old, but she’s a question mark coming back off a lengthy layoff. Giant Ending (#5) and Desert Affair (#6) have run competitive speed figures on occasion, but both of them have had their fair share of chances. Diamonds N Stones (#8) was installed as the morning-line favorite off a third-place finish at this level last time. However, she didn’t actually run any better than the runner that finished directly behind her that day, Anna Liffey – and she is the one I want in this race.
ANNA LIFFEY (#2) turned her head at the start last time, spotting the field nearly 10 lengths. All things considered she did well to get up for fourth, and a similar effort may be good enough to win at this level provided she breaks cleanly. I know it seems like that’s her only decent race, but her prior dirt race April 7 was not nearly as bad an effort as it seems. She got a truly ridiculous trip that day, losing many lengths of position while being steadied in traffic on the turn. This filly has subtly improved in recent months and has a legitimate chance to pull off the upset here.
THE PLAY
 
Win/Place: 2
Exacta Key Box: 2 with 5,6,7,8
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Belmont Horses in Focus for Saturday June 24th

Race 2:

Anna Liffey (#2)
Turned her head at the start and spotted the field almost 10 lengths last time.
Ran much better than it seems in her prior dirt start April 7 after getting shuffled back in traffic on the turn.
Will get overlooked in a field where the favorites appear to be vulnerable.
20-1 on ML

Race 6:
Wonderful Light (#2)

Michelle Nevin typically does better with second-time starters.
Closed well in his debut while getting steered down to the rail, which was not the best part of the track, in the stretch.
Half-brother to multiple graded stakes winner By the Moon has a right to improve.
8-1 on ML

Race 7:
Voodoo Song (#4)

Handled the turf well in his only start over the surface, winning in impressive fashion.
Mike Hushion gets an 87 TimeformUS Trainer Rating with runners going from dirt to turf.
Is drawn well toward the inside in a race where the first turn comes up quickly.
12-1 on ML

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Belmont Highlight Horse for Friday: Cournoyer looks ready to take another step forward

Belmont | Race 2 | Post Time 3:41 p.m. (ET) | Go to the TimeformUS PPs 

This is a pretty wide-open affair in which any of the seven runners can win. The likely favorites are Planet Trailblazer (#1) and Phat Man (#5), who are both coming off runner-up finishes at this level. Phat Man chased wire-to-wire winner Dogtown in the mud, just edging past today’s rival Shadow Rider for second in the late stages. He’s certainly a player, but I think Planet Trailblazer is coming out of the tougher race. That said, the A.C. Avila trainee did get a strong pace to close into in that spot, as did Noble and True, who finished right behind him in third. They’re both contenders once again, but I prefer a different runner out of that race.

I’m going to try to beat them with COURNOYER (#6), who figures to offer better value than the aforementioned runners. This colt finished behind Planet Trailblazer last time, but I believe he ran the better race. The pace was fast (indicated by red color-coding in the PPs), and Cournoyer was the only horse who contested the early fractions and was still in the mix at the finish. The 109 TimeformUS Speed Figure he earned definitely gives him a chance against this group. Cournoyer was impressive when winning his maiden against inferior competition two back, and Chris Englehart has confidently moved him up in class since then. This improving 3-year-old may be ready to take another step forward.

THE PLAY 

Win/Place: 6

Exacta Key Box: 6 with 1,2,4,5

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Belmont Horses in Focus for Friday June 23rd

Race 2:

Cournoyer (#6)

Was the only horse to still be around at the end after contesting a fast pace last time.

Earned a competitive 109 TimeformUS Speed Figure in that most recent effort.

Appears to be improving for Chris Englehart.

6-1 on ML

 

Race 4:

Now in a Drive (#2)

Has run better than it appears in all of his turf races.

Ran a stronger race than Sentry two back at Keeneland and is likely to turn the tables this time.

Brian Lynch gets a 97 Trainer Rating when teaming with Joel Rosario.

5-2 on ML

 

Race 8:

Seize (#11)

The Pace Projector is predicting he will be on the lead in a situation favoring the front-runner.

Has run well off a similar layoff in the past.

DRF Formulator Fact: Over the past five years, Christophe Clement is 11 for 34 (32 percent, $2.30 ROI) with runners coming off layoffs of 180 days or more in turf sprints at NYRA.

4-1 on ML

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Belmont Highlight Horse for Thursday: Browse can lead all the way in her turf debut

Belmont | Race 8 | Post Time 5:13 p.m. (ET) | Go to the TimeformUS PPs 

The horse to beat in this featured eighth race is Boos (#6), who makes her U.S. debut. As a 2-year-old, she kept strong company, facing group stakes winners like Thunder Snow and Spain Berg while facing males almost exclusively. She gave solid accounts of herself on multiple occasions and would be awfully tough for this field to handle if she can duplicate that form as a 3-year-old. The only drawback is that her trainer, Alan Goldberg, is 0 for 7 with foreign shippers over the past five years.

I’ll use her strongly, but I’m going to take a small shot with the longer-priced BROWSE (#8).

I’ve always been interested to see when they were going to try this filly on turf given her pedigree. She is a half-sister to three turf winners, including Grade 1 winner Imagining. I think she finds herself in a great situation here given that there is not much speed signed on in this race and the Pace Projector is predicting a situation favoring runners on or near the lead. Shug McGaughey gets a 95 Trainer Rating with runners switching from dirt to turf.

THE PLAY

Win/Place: 8

Exacta Key Box: 8 with 6,7,10,11

Trifecta: 6,8 with 6,8 with 2,5,7,10,11

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