Changes to TimeformUS Speed Figure scale

In consultation with the Timeform home office in Halifax, we’ve made some small adjustments to the TimeformUS Speed Figure scale to better harmonize it with the global Timeform scale. The goal is always to have us–and our customers–in the best position to compare horses across all jurisdictions.
Here’s what the changes boil down to:
  • You’ll see some slight (1-2 point) adjustments for the classiest of horses.
  • Further down in class, those adjustments will be in the 5-10 point range.
  • The new scale is still LINEAR, same as the current scale — meaning the value of one point is still the same both up and down the scale.
  • These changes affect everything harmonized to the global scale–our speed figures, our race ratings, our pace figures, our early and late ratings.

Advantages gained from the scale change:

  • There will be a lot less ‘-‘ and negative numbers for really slow horses, though there will still be some.
  • Our scale will be a bit more harmonized with the global scale, as mentioned.
Disadvantages from the scale change:
  • Some of the numbers you were looking at last week are not the same this week. We won’t make a habit of this.
OK, you want to see a couple of examples, right?
Here’s a fast horse:
Screen Shot 2014-02-19 at 10.51.48 AM
And a not so fast one: 
Screen Shot 2014-02-19 at 10.58.46 AM
Any questions? Please e-mail us at
To learn more about our speed figures, click here.
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2 Responses to Changes to TimeformUS Speed Figure scale

  1. RobertE13 says:

    I try to adjust figures for weight and ground loss. On your current scale,, what is your point value for one length at the various distances? What would be your adjustment for one path around one turn in a 6 furlong race if you were making those adjustments? A one mile race?


    • TimeformUS says:

      Below are the point values for specific distances. There is some slight variance among surfaces and specific distances.

      Value of one length

      1/4 mile, 6 points
      1/2 mile, 3 points
      5 furlongs, 2.4 points
      6 furlongs, 2.0 points
      7 furlongs, 1.7 points
      8 furlongs, 1.5 points
      9 furlongs, 1.4 points
      10 furlongs, 1.3 points
      12 furlongs, 1.1 points

      We don’t have any ground loss data in our figures, so it’s difficult to speculate on what would be a good ground loss adjustment.



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