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How TimeformUS is Different
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TimeformUS Spotlight Speed Figures
TimeformUS Pace Projector
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TimeformUS Pace Figures
• TimeformUS Bias Indicators
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Trainer Ratings
• Pedigree 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
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Sunday TimeformUS Highlight Horse: Tossup looks live for her debut in the Lynbrook

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

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The Lynbrook Stakes is a difficult puzzle since the majority of the runners with dirt experience are coming out of very slow races.

Three fillies exit the opener on June 14. It’s a problematic race for speed figure-makers to assess since the final time came up very slow in comparison to all of the other races on the card. Native Dawn (#5) ran well to win that race, but the horse who figures to attract the most attention out of that spot is She’s Trouble (#7). She dwelt very badly at the start, which is a major concern, as she obviously has gate issues. However, she also appears to have some ability, as she somehow was able to rally for third despite giving away about 10 lengths at the start. Linda Rice has fantastic numbers with second-time-starting maidens on dirt. I’m using her, but there are others to consider.

Positively Jean (#9) was arguably the most impressive debut winner in this field, but that win came on turf. While she does have more of a dirt pedigree, she’s still a wild card in this race. Midnightsalright (#1) never got involved while racing wide in her debut at Monmouth, but that race came against a solid open-company field, and Jason Servis’s runners have been winning at an astronomical rate.

I’ll use all of these horses, but I want to bet the live first-time starter, TOSSUP (#8). It’s always a good sign when capable connections display the confidence to start a horse’s career in stakes company, and this filly does appear to be working well. She easily outworked a stablemate on June 20 and appears to have an effortless way of moving through her drills, suggesting that she has some quality to her.

Rick Violette is one of the best in the business with first-time starters, as his 100 TimeformUS Trainer Rating with horses making their debuts indicates. Drilling down into that statistic in DRF Formulator, over the past five years he is 16 for 51 (31 percent, $3.80 ROI) with 2-year-old firsters in dirt sprints. Furthermore, Tossup is bred to be a runner, as she’s out of a Grade 1-placed dam who earned more than $460,000.

THE PLAY

Win: 8

Exacta Key Box: 8 with 1,5,7,9

Trifecta: 8 with 1,7 with 1,2,5,7,9​

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Saturday TimeformUS Highlight Horse: Malibu Stacy’s speed makes her dangerous

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

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Epping Forest (#9) is the horse to beat for the hot Christophe Clement barn, as it attempts to rake in a few more wins before the end of the meet. When she’s at her best, this filly is very good. If she’s able to repeat her most recent effort, she’s going to be very tough for this field to hold off. That day, she was far back at the quarter pole but unleashed a furious rally to get up for the win. She went rocketing past next-out winner Fear No Evil in the late stages, and runner-up Okinawa is a talented filly in her own right. I’m certainly using her, but she steps up in class to face some legitimate foes, including fellow late runner Jc’s Shooting Star (#3), who has also been in career-best form. Yet both of these fillies could be hindered by a potentially unfavorable pace scenario.

Team of Teams was supposed to be the main speed, but she scratched out of this spot in favor of a race on Sunday. Given her absence, MALIBU STACY (#1) is likely to inherit the pacesetter’s role, and I think that could make her awfully difficult to reel in. The Pace Projector was predicting a situation favoring runners near the front even before the scratch. While most of Malibu Stacy’s turf starts have come at distances farther than this six-furlong trip, she’s shown plenty of speed both on dirt and turf and has proven that she can get brave when left alone on the lead. Like the Clement barn, George Weaver’s stable has quietly started to pick up steam recently, and I think this mare finds herself in the right spot.

THE PLAY

Win: 1

Exacta Key Box: 1 with 2,9

Trifecta: 1 with 2,9 with 2,3,5,8,9

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Friday TimeformUS Highlight Horse: Spa Treatment deserves another chance on turf

Belmont Park | Race 7 | Post Time 6:18 p.m. (ET) | Go to the TimeformUS PPs

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Two of the main contenders in this race are shipping in from Monmouth Park. Summer Sweet (#1) put in a solid effort against open allowance foes last time out and now makes her first start against New York-breds for Mike Stidham. While her prior New York form is pretty discouraging, it does appear that she has significantly improved as a 4-year-old for this barn, and I think she has to be taken seriously.

Wantagh Queen (#2) exits a win at the Jersey Shore. While that did come against weaker company, this mare has proven that she can compete at this class level in the past, and she is the only multiple turf winner in the field. It’s also worth noting that Mike Dini’s horses have been performing very well at this meet. I’m using both of these contenders, but I’m interested in a higher-priced alternative.

SPA TREATMENT (#3) intrigues me on the switch back to turf. Going back to last year, she had run her best races sprinting on grass and presented herself as a horse with a preference for this surface. However, all of that changed last winter when Tom Albertrani added blinkers, which allowed her to run two of the best races of her career on dirt. She didn’t handle a sloppy track last time, but I’m not going to hold that against her since she’s never liked a wet dirt surface. I tend to think that she has improved simply due to the addition of blinkers rather than the switch to dirt, and I like that her connections are giving her another shot on grass.

The other logical contenders to consider are Citizen Matzo (#4), who has plenty of pedigree to move up on this surface, and Saratoga Treasure (#6), who has a right to step forward in her third start off the layoff.

THE PLAY

Win/Place: 3

Exacta Key Box: 3 with 1,2,4,6​

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Belmont Park Horses in Focus for Friday, July 13th

Race 2: Royal Inheritance (#3)

Faced a significantly tougher field in her turf debut last time, and actually hung on well until the eighth pole.

Finally gets back to New York-bred company, against which she’s earned 3 of her 4 victories.

The Pace Projector is predicting a situation favoring runners on or near the lead, and she’s the speed of the speed.

9-2 on ML

 

Race 6: Charnley River (#10)

Ran better than it appears at this level last time after a rough run through the stretch.

Seven furlongs should be an ideal distance, given his proficiency going shorter and longer.

DRF Formulator Fact: Since the start of his training career, Robert Falcone, Jr. is 3 for 7 (43%, $5.57) first off the claim on the turf.

2-1 on ML

 

Race 7: Spa Treatment (#3)

Has significantly improved since blinkers were added three races back.

Ignore her poor effort on a sloppy track last time since she’s never liked a wet dirt surface.

Ran better than it appears in her prior turf sprint starts, and deserves another shot getting back to that surface.

10-1 on ML​

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Thursday TimeformUS Highlight Horse: Turf-to-dirt move can work for Starlite Mission

Belmont Park | Race 3 | Post Time 2:37 p.m. (ET) | Go to the TimeformUS PPs

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This race is tricky because all of the horses who finished behind Take Charge Aubrey last time are going to take some money, and I’m just not convinced that any of them are very good. The Great Johanna (#1) seems like the most reliable option, but her best speed figure came over a sloppy track two back, and I wasn’t thrilled with her late response last time. I think this race is crying out for new faces, and there are a couple of options to consider.

In Denile (#3) stretches out for her second career start as she gets Lasix for the first time. She’s certainly bred to handle added distance as a daughter of Pioneerof the Nile out of an A.P. Indy dam. While she’s a half-sister to Grade 1-winning sprinter Artemis Agrotera, there is plenty of stamina in the second generation of this female family. I’m using her, but she does need to improve significantly on her first outing.

I want to bet STARLITE MISSION (#5), who may fly under the radar given the multitude of chances she’s had. While her dirt speed figures don’t indicate that she’s any faster than her rivals, she did face some decent foes in those winter races. Her lone start going a route distance on dirt was arguably her best main-track effort, as she finished second to the talented Split Time. I don’t know what happened in her most recent turf start, but she has worked well since then. Furthermore, Gary Contessa – who has very few positive DRF Formulator angles – has fantastic numbers with this move. Over the past five years, he is 13 for 52 (25 percent, $3.20 ROI) with maidens switching from turf to dirt routes.

THE PLAY

Win: 5

Exacta Key Box: 5 with 1, 2, 3

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Wednesday TimeformUS Highlight Horse: Spectacular Plum gets some subtle class relief

Belmont Park | Race 5 | Post Time 3:41 p.m. (ET) | Go to the TimeformUS PPs

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This is one of the most confounding races on the card since any of the seven entrants seemingly has a right to win. Congruity (#7) is probably the horse to beat merely because he’s the likely front-runner in a race where no one else seems too intent on taking the early lead. He was beaten by Michael Wonderful last time, but you can argue that Congruity ran the better race after setting a solid early tempo.

I don’t want any of the horses exiting the June 15 race at this level. Alwanees (#3) and My Pirate (#6) both improved with the switch to turf, but I feel that they just took advantage of a weak group, whereas this race is tougher. Year of the Kitten (#5) is one to consider as he drops in class, but his recent form has been awful.

I’m taking a shot with new face SPECTACULAR PLUM (#2). Whereas almost all of these horses have been running against straight 3-year-olds in their recent starts, Spectacular Plum has been knocking heads with tougher, older rivals at Monmouth. He never had a chance in that May 26 race after blowing the start and racing far off a pace that held together up front. Then last time, he actually ran very well despite not receiving a great trip. He got shuffled out of position down the backstretch and had to make a four-wide run around the far turn, which is especially detrimental at Monmouth. All things considered, he ran remarkably well to lose by only two lengths as he was finishing fastest of all. That race received a TimeformUS Race Rating of 102, whereas today’s race gets a preliminary rating of 96 – indicative of a significant drop in class. He also gets an important rider switch to John Velazquez.

THE PLAY

Win: 2

Exacta Key Box: 2 with 3,5,6,7

Trifecta: 2 with 5,7 with ALL

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Sunday TimeformUS Highlight Horse: Spectator should relish the turnback in the Victory Ride

Belmont Park | Race 9 | Post Time 6:50 p.m. (ET) | Go to the TimeformUS PPs
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The Victory Ride is only a Grade 3 event, but it would not be surprising to see many of these fillies return in next month’s Grade 1 Test at Saratoga. The deserving favorite is Mia Mischief (#5), who has earned speed figures that make her significantly faster than all of her rivals. Talk Veuve to Me flattered the form of the Eight Belles last time when she returned to finish a strong second to Monomoy Girl in the Acorn. The only minor concern for Mia Mischief is that she may have to rate off the speedy Sower, but she did that successfully at Oaklawn two back. I’m not against her, but the price does figure to be short.

Separationofpowers (#3) was a very talented 2-year-old last year, winning her debut at Saratoga in very fast time before defeating eventual champion Caledonia Road in the Grade 1 Frizette. She actually ran a creditable race in the Breeders’ Cup, as she had to rush up to contest the pace after breaking slowly from the outside post. THIS filly is talented, but over the past five years, Chad Brown is 0 for 9 with horses turning back to sprints on dirt off layoffs of 120 to 240 days.

Sower (#4) was impressive in winning the Jersey Girl last time out, but that came against vastly inferior foes, so she gets a serious class test here. She may also have to deal with the speedy Classy Act (#10) on the front end.

My top pick is SPECTATOR (#8). This filly was entered to run under Phil D’Amato in the Acorn a month ago, but they instead elected to cut her back in distance while keeping her in New York with Michelle Nevin. Over the past five years, Nevin is 15 for 57 (26 percent, $4.09 ROI) off trainer switches in dirt sprints. Spectator has run very well in both of her starts as a 3-year-old. She defeated some solid older horses when winning off the layoff going this distance in March, and she followed that up with a game second to Midnight Bisou in the Santa Anita Oaks. I think shorter is better for this filly, and she projects to sit a great stalking trip.

THE PLAY

Win: 8
Exacta Key Box: 8 with 3,4,5,10
Trifecta: 5,8 with 5,8 with 3,4,6,10

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