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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: Cariba should benefit from experience in her second start

Aqueduct | Race 5 | Post Time 2:47 p.m. (ET) | Go to the TimeformUS PPs
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There are some very intriguing first-time starters in this maiden event. The one that is likely to attract the most support is Katama Moonlight (#1), who goes out for Chad Brown. While this filly has the pedigree to be a nice horse, as the $400,000 purchase price would suggest, it’s really more of a route pedigree. Her full brother Noble Moon was best around two turns on the dirt, winning the Grade 2 Jerome a few years ago. I’m definitely using her, but there are others that have a right to do well on first asking, and you’re not getting any value with this one.

Perhaps the most intriguing new face is Birdy Num (#8), a $1 million yearling purchase who makes her debut for Tom Albertrani. While this barn isn’t renowned for its success on debut, Albertrani has gotten firsters to win for these owners on several occasions over the past few seasons. This filly has loads of pedigree, as her dam won the Grade 1 Kentucky Oaks, and she is a full sister to stakes winner Believe in Royalty. She’s trained well in the morning, so I would take this one very seriously.

I could also give a look to horses like Moon and Stars (#7) or Cover Photo (#9), but the board will be my guide with the firsters.

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My top pick is one of the few fillies with experience. I have to bet back CARIBA (#3) off her debut effort. I had liked her quite a bit that day, but she took very little play, going off at 7-1. They paid a lot of money for this daughter of Cairo Prince, and it’s easy to see why. Her dam is a half-sister to Hello Liberty, who won the Grade 2 Nassau County and was second in the Grade 1 Acorn, as well as dirt sprint stakes winner Pious Ashley. I had watched a few of this filly’s morning workouts prior to her debut, and while they weren’t fast drills, I loved the way she moved over the ground. Her debut effort was a disappointment, but she was also very green, trying to lug in throughout the stretch run under a frustrated Junior Alvarado. She’s bred to sprint, and I think we’ll see a more professional effort this time.

THE PLAY

Win: 3
Exacta Key Box: 3 with 1,4,7,8
Trifecta: 3 with 1,8 with 1,4,7,8,9

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Aqueduct Horses in Focus for Sunday, December 9

Race 5: Cariba (#3)

  • Was very green in her debut, attempting to lug in throughout the stretch drive.
  • Had trained well prior to her first start, and has a right to do much better with that experience under her belt.
  • Kiaran McLaughlin gets a 94 TimeformUS Trainer Rating with second time starters, as opposed to his 57 Rating with firsters.

7-2 on ML

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Race 6: Beachside (#1)

  • Has already handled this one mile distance, which is a question that the favorite still has to answer.
  • Ran better than it appears in his dirt sprints, and relished the stretch-out to a mile last time.
  • Was flattered when Not That Brady, whom he beat last time, returned to win impressively on Saturday.

9-5 on ML

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Race 7: Bon Raison (#5)

  • The TimeformUS Pace Projector is predicting that he will be on the lead in a situation favoring the front-runner.
  • Handled this 9-furlong distance at Saratoga.
  • Gets needed class relief after getting placed too ambitiously against graded stakes company in his recent starts.

9-2 on ML

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Saturday TimeformUS Highlight Horse: Bluegrass Jamboree just keeps improving

Aqueduct | Race 8 | Post Time 3:47 p.m. (ET) | Go to the TimeformUS PPs 
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Pauseforthecause (#1) is a deserving favorite off the strength of her third-place finish behind top New York-breds Highway Star and Satisfy in the Iroquois on Empire Showcase Day. This improving 3-year-old filly had hinted at having significantly stepped forward over the summer, and she confirmed that progression last time out. My only concern is that I have a few doubts about the speed figures assigned to that Iroquois, since a number of participants have returned to run slower in subsequent starts. Yet that’s only a minor critique of a filly who deserves respect in this spot.

Our Circle of Love (#7) also figures to attract some attention following her blowout maiden win over this strip. She broke her string of second place finishes in decisive fashion last time out, running a speed figure that certainly puts her in the mix against winners. However, she beat a very weak field that day and I want to see her repeat that performance against serious competition.

I also wouldn’t totally dismiss Michelle Nevin’s other horse, Byself (#5), who has worked her way through New York-bred company in workmanlike fashion. Her adaptable running style should allow her to put forth a respectable effort.

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I’m using these fillies, but my top pick is BLUEGRASS JAMBOREE (#2). This filly has taken a step forward with each successive start since returning from a layoff over the summer. She ran deceptively well two back when she made a wide move over a track that was favoring inside paths. Then last time, I thought she might have run the best race after making an early move to the lead in a race that was dominated by closers. I’m not convinced that she relishes a wet track, so I like that she’s getting back on fast going. For whatever reason, she’s typically dismissed at generous odds and I don’t anticipate that will change this time.

THE PLAY

Win: 2
Exacta Key Box: 2 with 1,5,7
Trifecta: 2 with 1,5 with 1,5,6,7

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Aqueduct Horses in Focus for Saturday, December 8

Race 3: Fight On Lucy (#3)

  • The winner of her last race registered another victory on Friday, and others that finished behind her have returned to run well.
  • Was trying to lug in during the stretch last time and still finished well despite losing focus.
  • Should appreciate the addition of blinkers after racing greenly last time.

6-1 on ML

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Race 5: Sower (#3)

  • Ran well while facing some pretty tough company in graded stakes races during the summer.
  • The Pace Projector is predicting a situation favoring horses on or near the lead, and I think she’s quick enough to be in front early.
  • Should benefit from the slight cutback in distance to 6 furlongs.

3-1 on ML

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Race 8: Bluegrass Jamboree (#2)

  • Has improved with each start since returning from a layoff in June.
  • Ran very well two back at Belmont as she made a wide move over a racetrack that was favoring horses on the rail.
  • May have been best last time after making an early move to the lead in a race that otherwise went to late runners.

4-1 on ML​

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Friday TimeformUS Highlight Horse: Flat Calm will appreciate turnback in distance

Aqueduct | Race 6 | Post Time 2:47 p.m. (ET) | Go to the TimeformUS PPs 
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Cartwheel (#2) is likely to go off as the favorite in this spot off the strength of her two most recent efforts sprinting. She destroyed an overmatched field in an off-the-turf race at Saratoga in August and then followed that with a solid runner-up performance at this level last time. On the surface, those efforts look pretty appealing, as she earned speed figures that would make her formidable against this group. However, I thought she had a very favorable trip last time, as fellow speeds conceded the lead to her through moderate fractions. This time, she’s going to have to rally from off the pace and I haven’t seen her overcome adversity in her prior starts. I’m somewhat against her this time.

Of the runners exiting that Oct. 14 race at this level, I actually prefer Noble Freud (#9). She was unwisely rated that day despite appearing to be the controlling speed. This time, she draws an advantageous outside post position, and Manny Franco should send her to the front, especially after the scratch of main pace rival Ribbonite.

Linda Rice has two entrants, both of whom are somewhat appealing. Shimmering Moon (#5) figures to be a bigger price, and she’s one that I would definitely use. Her trainer has solid numbers off trainer switches in dirt sprints and this mare has run races that would make her awfully tough in this spot. However, the layoff is a concern and her form prior to the break is of some concern.

Flat-Calm

I’m more interested in FLAT CALM (#3), who cuts back in distance after trying a mile last time. She actually ran very well within the context of that race, as she made the first move into an honest pace that fell apart. She also proved that she’s able to rate successfully, and she will likely have to do that again in this spot. Prior to that most recent start, she had wired a field off the layoff in September, beating the much-improved Starlite Mission, who went on to place in a stakes. I think Flat Calm is quick enough to handle six furlongs and she’s unlikely to be favored given the presence of Cartwheel.

THE PLAY

Win: 3
Exacta Key Box: 3 with 5,7,9
Trifecta: 3 with 5,9 with 2,4,5,7,9

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Aqueduct Horses in Focus for Friday, December 7

Race 2: No Distortion (#7)

  • Should appreciate the turnback to 6 furlongs after going too far last time.
  • Has maintained his form well since the claim by Dermot Magner.
  • The Pace Projector is predicting that he should be well-positioned sitting just off the leader in a situation favoring the front-runners.

3-1 on ML

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Race 6: Flat Calm (#3)

  • Ran well to be second last time after making the first move into an honest pace.
  • Put in the best effort of her career in her only start sprinting on the dirt.
  • Linda Rice gets a 94 TimeformUS Trainer Rating with horses going from routes to sprints.

7-2 on ML

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Sunday TimeformUS Highlight Horse: Wine Not is back at his favorite distance

Aqueduct | Race 7 | Post Time 3:47 p.m. (ET) | Go to the TimeformUS PPs
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This allowance race is the highlight of the card. The horse to beat is probably Business Cycle (#1) off his recent maiden victory over this strip. While it took him five tries to break through with his first win, he’s run competitive speed figures in all of his races and has kept decent company throughout his brief career. He got an unexpected challenge from longshot Zealous in the stretch last time, but that runner returned to validate his performance with a runner-up finish in a fast maiden race earlier this week. The one knock against Business Cycle is the anticipated short price. I’m not willing to bet him as the favorite, especially considering Chad Brown’s mediocre record with these types. Over the past five years, Brown is just 4 for 18 ($1.10 ROI) with 4-year-old and older last-out maiden winners on the dirt.

One of his main rivals is Aveenu Malcainu (#6), who has been an underachiever for Jeremiah Englehart. He finally got back to the winner’s circle two back at Belmont, but the time of that race has been disputed, and I’m still waiting to see him validate that career-best speed figure.

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I’m trying to beat these horses with WINE NOT (#3), who should be around the second or third choice in this field. The main knock against this gelding is that he so rarely wins, having collected his last victory in July 2017. However, he’s been entered in some tough spots this year, and I feel that he’s actually been in the best form of his career since the early summer. He ran a strong race to be a close fourth in the Empire Classic two back, and then last time he actually ran on well to be third despite getting very little pace to close into on Nov. 4. I thought he ran much better than today’s rival Barahin on that occasion, and I think Wine Not is more likely to appreciate this slight stretch-out. I’ve always felt that a one-turn mile is best for him, and he’s so rarely focused on races going this exact distance.

THE PLAY

Win: 3
Exacta Key Box: 3 with 1,2,5,6
Trifecta: 3 with 1,5 with 1,2,5,6,7

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