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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
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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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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’s TimeformUS Highlight Horse: Can You Diggit can turn the tables on Control Group

Aqueduct | Race 3 | Post Time 1:20 p.m. (ET)

If Control Group (#5) repeats the performance that he put forth in the Discovery, he is almost a certainty to win this race. However, he had never before hinted at possessing the kind of ability that was on display in that victory. It is worth noting that the Discovery was run during a two-week period when Rudy Rodriguez was winning everything in sight, and getting a few of his horses to pro​duce career-best efforts, and in recent weeks he has once again picked up similar momentum. I think Control Group is very dangerous, but he’s going to get early pressure from Wake Up in Malibu as long as that foe breaks cleanly. At a very short price, this seems like the right time to take a shot against him.

I picked CAN YOU DIGGIT (#2) in the Discovery, and he disappointed that day. Yet I think he’s deserving of one more chance here. I may have underestimated how difficult it would be for Can You Diggit to return on such short rest, just 10 days after his prior start. He’s now had five weeks to recover from those performances, so I’m hopeful that he can get back to the form that he displayed in the Empire Classic. On that occasion, he ran a better race than Control Group when closing into a moderate pace. The nine furlongs suits him, and he’s one of the few horses in this race that still has some upside.

THE PLAY

Win: 2
Exacta Key Box: 2 with 1,5
Trifecta: 2,5 with 2,5 with ALL

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Aqueduct Horses in Focus for Sunday, January 21st

Race 2: Luna Rising (#2)

Showed some signs of life when rallying well after encountering traffic on the turn last time.

Ran races that would make her very competitive here last winter when in the barn of Kiaran McLaughlin.

DRF Formulator Fact: Over the past five years, Michelle Nevin is 16 for 68 (24 percent, $3.52 ROI) first off a trainer switch in dirt sprints.

8-1 on ML

 

Race 3: Can You Diggit (#2)

Ran the two best races of his career at this nine-furlong distance.

May have been negatively affected by the quick 10-day turnaround last time in the Discovery.

Ran a better race than favored Control Group when the met in the Empire Classic, as he was wide and closing into a slow pace.

7-2 on ML

 

Race 7: Cats Halo (#10)

The Pace Projector is predicting she will get a fast pace to close into.

Has faced tougher fields in two of her last three starts, at the $25,000 claiming level.

Is coming into this race in the best form of her career.

8-1 on ML​

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Saturday’s TimeformUS Highlight Horse: Halloween Horror gets a needed drop in class

Aqueduct | Race 4 | Post Time 1:50 p.m. (ET)

The Pace Projector is predicting a fast pace Devine Dental, Glennrichment, and Karma Delight are all forecast to show early speed in this spot. A quick early tempo would obviously help the morning-line favorite, Starship Zeus (#4). This horse is one that must be included in your wagers. He’s coming out of tougher spots and has run a series of speed figures that are simply faster than those of his rivals. The only knock against this runner is apparently his inability to win races. He’s just 2 for 36 in his career with 17 second- and third-place finishes. Therefore, I want to look elsewhere for my top selection.
Another horse that I think should sit a good trip is HALLOWEEN HORROR (#6). At first glance, he looks a bit too slow to win this race, but I think there are reasons to be optimistic about his chances. Unlike some of his more experienced rivals, Halloween Horror has raced on dirt just four times in his career. Yet the last 3 of those are the best races he’s ever run, and he’s run reasonably well against some better horses. He was beaten by eventual Grade 3 Discovery winner Control Group back in August, and then gamely dueled with the vastly improved Pioneer Spirit two back. Last time Aqueduct, he was simply in over his head. Horses like Flash Trading, Westwood, and even Forest Blue would all be viable favorites in this spot and Halloween Horror hardly disgraced himself after chasing the pace 4-wide. He figures to work out a great trip from midpack and, as a newly turned 4-year-old, may still have some room for improvement.

THE PLAY

Win: 6
Exacta Key Box: 6 with 3,4,9,10

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Aqueduct Horses in Focus for Saturday, January 20th

Race 4: Hallowen Horror (#6)
The Pace Projector is predicting he will get a fast pace to close into.
Has only made 4 starts on dirt, and still has room for improvement.
Gets some needed class relief after facing tougher foes last time.
8-1 on ML

Race 6: Holding Aces (#9)
Is capable of running speed figures that would beat this field.
Lost all chance at the start last time, and actually rallied decently to be fifth.
Is drawn well outside of the other speed types.
8-1 on ML

Race 7: Battle Midway (#8)
Was finally given a needed layoff after two years of continuous racing, and now returns as a fresh horse.
The Pace Projector is predicting he will get a fast pace to close into.
Has run some of his best races going this one-turn mile distance.
15-1 on ML​

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Friday’s TimeformUS Highlight Horse: Puffery can rebound in her second start off the layoff

Aqueduct | Race 6 | Post Time 2:50 p.m. (ET) | Go to the TimeformUS PPs
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Morning-line favorite Scorpion Bowl (#6) is undoubtedly one of the key players and one of the more intriguing runners in this race. Linda Rice has fantastic numbers with this move. Over the past five years, she is 24 for 55 (44 percent, $3.49) with second-time-starting maidens in dirt sprints at this track. This filly also performed like a horse who badly needed a race. After showing speed immediately after the start, she appeared to lose focus as Paco Lopez relaxed his hands heading into the far turn. She steadied out of position and briefly appeared poised to finish well back in the pack. However, once into the stretch, she responded to her rider’s mild encouragement and might have even gotten up for third had she not steadied late. She figures to run a much ​more professional race this time and show much more early initiative. However, too much early aggression could be problematic in a race where a number of contenders appear to have speed.

For that reason, I’m trying to beat her with PUFFERY (#2). This Mark Hennig trainee was soundly defeated at a short price last time, but she got a fairly uncomfortable trip that day. Racing down inside, Puffery had to steady at multiple points while getting shuffled back around the far turn. Already out of contention when the field reached the top of the stretch, she was not hard-ridden through the final furlongs. I’m hoping that she still got something out of the race because she had previously run fast enough in her debut to suggest she can beat this field.

I’ll primarily use Puffery with Scorpion Bowl. However, at a much bigger price, I also want to include My Lightnin Strike (#3). This filly showed vastly improved speed in her second start, albeit on turf. She has a decidedly dirt-leaning pedigree, so perhaps she’s getting back on the right surface here.

THE PLAY

Win: 2
Exacta Box: 2,3,6
Trifecta: 2 with 3,6,8 with 2,3,4,5,6,8

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Aqueduct Horses in Focus for Friday, January 19th

Race 6: Puffery (#2)

Ran a competitive speed figure when finishing second in her debut.

Got an uncomfortable trip last time when she was repeatedly shuffled back behind tiring runners around the far turn.

Figures to get an honest pace to close into with a few key rivals possessing early speed.

7-2 on ML

 

Race 7: Isotope (#8)

Would be a top contender here if she runs back to her effort three back.

Has been compromised by slow paces and races dominated by front-runners in her last two starts.

Her sire, Successful Appeal, wins with 19 percent of his dirt route starters, so she should handle the stretch-out.

8-1 on ML​

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Thursday’s TimeformUS Highlight Horse: Lover’s Leap can reach new heights off the trainer switch

Aqueduct | Race 7 | Post Time 3:20 p.m. (ET) | Go to the TimeformUS PPs
 
The two runners likely to vie for favoritism are situated in outside post positions. Looking Ready (#8) drops in class out of open-company stakes races and switches back to dirt. While he ran into some nice horses in his first two main-track starts at Saratoga, including stakes winners Alveenu Malcainu and Sea Foam, he will need to run a bit faster than that to take down the top prize here. That’s certainly possible since those races were run back in the summer of his 2-year-old season.
 
Looking Ready’s task is complicated by the presence of Flash Drive (#9) just to his outside. This speedy Chris Englehart trainee comes into this event having earned the highest speed figures in the field, and you can be sure that Paco Lopez will be aggressive from the starting bell. Flash Drive has faced only maiden company, but he’s nevertheless competed against some quality rivals, having led until deep stretch against subsequent Damon Runyon winner Empire Line two back. Looking Ready figures to be chasing Flash Drive early, as will fellow speeds like Nine Route and My Man Mo, so the early pace should be honest.
 
Therefore, I’m trying to beat these two with closer LOVER’S LEAP (#3).
 
 
I know that he appears to be a bit slower than some of his main rivals, but there’s reason to believe he will improve here. He’s getting a significant trainer upgrade, going from the barn of Sal Iorio Jr. (54 TimeformUS Trainer Rating) to the stable of Charlton Baker (88 Trainer Rating). Furthermore, Baker has solid numbers off trainer switches like this. Over the past five years, he is 5 for 21 (24 percent, $2.32 ROI) first off a trainer switch on the dirt at NYRA. Lover’s Leap has run better than it appears on a few occasions, and now he also gets a positive rider switch to Rafael Hernandez.
 
THE PLAY
 
Win: 3
Exacta key box: 3 with 7, 8, 9
Trifecta: 3 with 7, 8, 9 with 1, 5, 7, 8, 9
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