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TimeformUS Analysis for September 19

TimeformUS Analyst Mike Beer

TimeformUS Analysis for the Racing at Belmont on Friday September 19th
 
Race 1:  #2 Dr Disco brought a game challenge to repeat winner Pretension before settling for second-best two starts back, and came back 5 days later only to get hooked into a fast duel and tire late.  Pace Projector puts him in charge of the proceedings early, and an effort similar to those last two will make him very tough on this group.  
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#5 Say Mr. Sandman drops back down to a more appropriate level after trying tougher recently, and he has enough positional speed to keep himself in range.  #4 Indy Tune likes to sit it out early and run late, a style that may not play in this race, but he's been holding good form since turning back in distance earlier this summer, and his new trainer gets a solid 82 rating off the claim. 
 
Selections:  2-5-4-7
 
Race 2:  Tough $25k claimer restricted to non-winners of two features eight well-matched runners.  #7 Ice Wagon was chasing close to a fast pace last time before bouncing off the rail while trying to squeeze through inside in the stretch, and he took the worst of it on a four-wide chase at this level on June 29th.  Has to stretch out, but 88 TFUS Speed Figure earned over this track and trip on June 4th is the top recent number in the field.   #3 Maximus Mike was dropped down quickly by his previous connections,  but he's run two of the fastest races in the field on dirt and figures to appreciate the turn-back in distance.  #4 Master Yank is a logical contender, but he's had some soft trips up close to moderate paces recently and may face a sterner test this time. 
 
Selections:  7-3-4-2
 
Race 3:  #5 Sunny Desert has run gamely through sloppy tracks in each of her first two starts back from a long layoff, and she spent the majority of her most recent race down on the rail, which didn't appear to be the place to be on August 21st at Saratoga .  May appreciate catching a fast track for third start back, and her best race makes her a handful.  #1 Girlaboutown has impressed since the unveiling on July 4th, and her last was her best yet, when overcoming a bad stumble at the start to close down the talented Blithely, who blew away a field here on Wednesday.  #4 Carameaway is at her best when able to be part of the pace and figures to have a favorable scenario here according to Pace Projector.
 
Selections:  5-1-4-6
 
Race 4:  #8 Blue Collar Cat had an eventful 2yo season, more than once running well without winning, before eventually being tried in a couple of stakes races toward the end of the year.  Returns on the drop with a trainer change, and can be tough on a field like this with routine improvement.  #4 No Nukes has improved his speed figures since getting a trainer change to Jason Servis, but he has continued to settle for minor awards.  Turn-back in distance for this race is viewed as a positive.  #1 King Gettigan and #6 Mineral Water both ran well enough at this level on August 28th to be competitive, but, like No Nukes, both are running out of chances quickly.  #7 Discreet Kaz is interesting, making his debut with a Breeding Rating of 91 for dirt sprints and a trainer who pulls a 94 rating with first-time starters.  
 
Selections:  8-7-4-6
 
Race 5:  #4 Helm impressed putting up new career top TimeformUS Speed Figure of 100 when stretched back out over synthetic at Presque Isle two back, and raced on gamely after taking a wide trip behind front-running Silver Freak back on turf at Saratoga last time.  #6 Monument Hill continues to hit hard at age 8, posting TFUS Speed Figures of 109-105-105 in his three starts this year.  Tried gamely when forced to close into a moderate pace last time.  
 
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#7 Admiral Perry returns to turf after focusing on synthetic races for most of 2014, and he has back races that make him competitive.  #9 Inchcape has had trouble finding the winner's circle so far, but he will appreciate the turn-back in distance for this race and may be an interesting price. 
 
Selections:  4-6-7-9
 
Race 6:  #13 Gypsum Johnny gave the appearance of being a first-time starter who may not have been suited by a wet track in his debut as he dropped back early while in behind horses, but was racing on well through the stretch once out in the clear.  Deserves another chance on a dry track.  #7 Watergate was in a tricky spot contesting the pace between horses all the way in debut on the main track.  Switched to turf for second start, but breeding rating of 82 for dirt, as opposed to just 69 for turf, suggests he may appreciate switching back.  Interesting firsters abound in this race, which goes as the first leg of the late Pick 4.  #9 Royal Asset has a Breeding Rating of 93 for dirt sprints and starts for a trainer who is adept at having his first-time starters ready to go.  #11 Agent Van Alden brought $120k after working a furlong in 10 flat in March, and he's a half to Pegasus Diamond, who has banked over $200k sprinting on this circuit.  
 
Selections:  13-7-9-11
 
Race 7:  Tough to knock the work #10 Ziptronic has been doing this year, and he'll drop back down here looking for four in a row.  He's the horse to beat, and one of his competitors will either have to step it up or re-find prior good form to defeat him.  Not sure what happened with #5 Isn'tlovejustgrand last time as he showed zero early speed and was left with far too much to do through the stretch.  He raced on, and galloped out, but he must stay in contact early today.  #6 Hear the Footsteps also failed to establish early position in his last race upstate, and wound up rallying without threat behind a wire-to-wire winner.  Drops in class and is very dangerous in this field with something approaching his best race.  
 
Selections:  5-6-10-7
 
Race 8:  One final chance for #10 Mills, who gets a trainer change to Bill Mott for this after an apparent private purchase.  Began his career with much promise before tailing off, so the change of scenery may do him some good, and he was way up against it last time when wide behind a wire-to-wire winner.  #4 Middleburg has settled for second-best in three straight, but he's run well each time and has the tactical speed to pull the right trip in a race projected to favor runners on or near the lead.  #9 Tigah is an interesting new face in a race where most of the entrants are impossible to trust.  Has run some very big races in the past in California, but will need some pace to develop.  #6 Brickyard Kitten has run well in both starts since getting a trainer change to Tony Dutrow, and #3 Battle Force, third back from a layoff, is looking to re-find his prior good form.  
 
Selections:  10-4-9-6
 
Race 9:  Both #3 Ocean Foam and #6 My Senses exit strong maiden races at Saratoga behind the highly promising Lady Eli, and they are clearly eligible to improve for the experience, but neither did so much running (after good trips) in that spot that we can't look around for alternatives.  #7 Path had no speed in muddy track sprint debut, but dam was a better turf/synth horse, so this switch may work for her.  #9 Neilinger made a promising debut without a very good trip at Saratoga before trying a stakes race in NJ last time.  Stretches out for third career start with an 87 Breeding Rating for turf routes and may be an interesting price.  
 
Selections:  9-7-6-3
 
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TimeformUS Analysis for September 18

TimeformUS Analyst Mike Beer

TimeformUS Analysis for the Racing at Belmont Park on Thursday September 18th

Race 3:  #5 Untiltherewasyou crushed maiden claimers over 9 furlongs two starts back, then switched back to turf to no avail.  86 TFUS Speed Figure earned for that maiden win makes her tough, and her main rivals, #1 Clock Stopper and #7 Ocean Boulevard, both have to stretch out.  Clock Stopper drops in class for the first time (trainer gets perfect 100 rating with runners dropping from ALW to CLM races) and has dangerous speed.  Ocean Boulevard can be given another chance at this level after catching a sloppy track last time, but she'll need to run the fastest race of her life if the top two show up with something approaching their best.  
 
Selections:  5-1-7-3
 
Race 4:  #8 Mama Zee is a question mark returning below the level of the claim after being listed as a vet scratch on September 10th for a $25k tag, but she has a good post, has run the fastest races, and is the best alternative to ML favorite #1 E Z Passer.  E Z Passer enters here off of three straight blowout wins, but she was odds-on vs. just 3 others in the first two (one of those at Suffolk), and she rode the crest of a strong inside-speed-favoring track last time at Saratoga.  #3 Discreet Force has had trouble putting races together, but she's lightly raced and has shown potential.  Buried a field after a perfect trip when dropped in for the first time here July 3rd, but hasn't been seen since.
 
Selections:  8-1-3-7
 
Race 5:  Turf route features a clear horse to beat in the form of #4 Honor the Kitten. He dropped down into a restricted claimer for the first time upstate and endured a tough wide trip behind a front-running winner, but he should have enough pace in front of him in this spot.
 
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#6 Distorted Dream has some of that speed, and he may have found the right distance here after being forced to go either shorter or longer on turf to this point.  #7 Spirit of Peace also has speed, which may be a problem, but he's run better than it may appear on turf several times in the past, and he'll be an interesting price.  
 
Selections:  4-6-7-2
 
Race 6:  Interesting rematch among three talented NY-bred sprinters in #1 Cuantos, #4 Swell and #6 Giantinthemoonlite, who did battle on August 25th at Saratoga.  Cuantos did the best of them in that race, but he also had a perfect outside tracking trip as the other two fought out the pace, and things may play out differently for him this time from his rail draw.  We liked Swell quite a bit in that spot and were surprised to see him dueling the pace from the start.  He was badly behaved before the race despite being announced as a new gelding, so that may have had something to do with his newfound pace tactics, and we'll take him to do a bit better this time around.  Giantinthemoonlite has plenty of potential and is eligible to come forward quickly as he puts races back to back for the first time.  
 
Selections:  4-6-1-2
 
Race 7:  #1 Harlans Six hasn't had enough speed to keep up in a pair of starts going shorter, but she was running through the stretch of her turf debut last time and may appreciate a more evenly paced route.  #10 Bebop Raindrop raced greenly throughout her debut while kept on the outside and came away second-best while appearing to be the type to do better with some experience.  #12 Ack Naughty debuts for Chad Brown (100 rating with first-time starters in turf routes) and is a half to three turf winners, including So Lonesome, who won a stakes race on turf here last year. 
 
Selections:  1-10-12-3
 
Race 8:  #9 Transparent was a later-developing 3yo of some potential last year, putting up TFUS Speed Figures of 110 and 112 for back-to-back wins before diving into Grade 1 company.  Returns from unsuccessful trip to Dubai for trainer who can have them ready off of layoffs (gets perfect 100 rating off this kind of layoff in routes).  
 
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#3 This Hard Land recently hasn't shown any of the positional speed he once possessed, but he has proven himself to still be capable of a competitive effort, and he has a long history of outrunning his odds.  #1 Our Caravan is a 3yo facing a tough group of elders, but he has flashed some potential, and his last race, which came over a sloppy track vs. Tonalist, is easily forgivable.  
 
Selections:  9-3-1-5
 
Race 9:  Field of 8 fillies and mares entered for turf, and they know each other well, having run against each other plenty recently.  #10 Edie has the best recent form, having won 4 of her last 8 on grass, and she just missed when second at this level last time.  #4 Sheza Heartbreaker has trouble finding the winner's circle, but she's competitive with her best race, and she went well off the trainer change last time.  #2 Swakopmund was wide throughout as both Edie and the winner of that race saved all the ground, and she raced on well to the finish.  #3 Cotton Pickin matched up well with this group down here over the summer despite not winning, and she'll be a big price in this race.
 
Selections:  2-4-10-3
 
Race 10:  #5 Graceful Gal made a positive impression in her debut when outrun early and finishing up well late.  She galloped out strongly after the wire and has the pedigree to handle the stretch out.  #3 Dreaming as Always is also well-bred for routing on grass (85 rating), and she starts for a trainer adept at having them ready to go first time out.  #2 Sakonnet Point failed to show up with much run when last seen in November, but ran well enough in her second start to give her another look as she returns from a layoff.  
 
Selections:  5-3-2-1
 
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TimeformUS Analysis for September 17

TimeformUS Analyst Mike Beer

TimeformUS Analysis for Wednesday September 17th at Belmont
 
Race 1:  Short field in the opener, which is set for one mile on grass with only five entered for turf.  #6 Kenzadargent is heavily favored on the ML after overpowering a solid field at Saratoga in her stateside debut for Chad Brown, and she's likely to be a solid single for most in the early Pick 5 and Pick 3.  #4 Image of Anna made her turf debut in much too tough of a spot, and she was racing on gamely through the stretch after steadying back to last at the start.  
 
Selections:  6-4-2-1
 
Race 2:  #1 Invasion Point projects to be on a clear early lead as he switches back to dirt and drops in class, which may be enough in a field lacking much in the way of current form. Lone start sprinting on dirt came in debut, vs. much better horses.  
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#9 Artemus Paperboy has run the best race to date, but that came a year ago at Churchill Downs, and he hasn't had much to offer since arriving in NY.  Drops back down to the level of the claim for a barn off to a hot start at the meet.  #7 Royalty Reigns has done little running to this point, but he was away slowly in his debut, and his trainer has solid ratings with runners switching from turf to dirt (92) and with older maiden claimers on dirt (100).    
 
Selections:  1-9-7-4
 
Race 3:  #9 Blisstering Strike has made only one start on turf, which we will view as a positive in this field, and she ran very well that day to gun down a loose leader with a game finish.  Has speed in a race that is projected to favor runners on or near the early lead.  #2 Stage Name should also be up close, and she drops in class while getting a turn-back in distance, which may suit her.  #3 Dattts Da Boss has continued to run well recently without winning, as have #4 Saratoga Karaoke and #10 Malibu Queen.  
 
Selections:  9-2-3-10
 
Race 4:  Guessing to be done in field full of 2yo first-time starters set to sprint six furlongs.  #4 R Y Squadron goes for reliable debut trainer Chad Brown (100 rating with 2yo first-time starters) and she pulls a strong Breeding Rating of 95 for turf sprints.  #9 Hot Like Hepburn brought $230k earlier this year and is also well-bred for turf sprints (93 rating).  #3 Pink Freud Live is another daughter of Freud with a strong Breeding Rating for these races (90) and her trainer is dangerous with first-time starters.  #8 Light Years Away is a full to turf stakes winner In Te Domine.  
 
Selections:  4-9-3-8
 
Race 5:  With plenty of speed signed on to this route for $20k claimers, we'll take a shot with #3 Lure of the South, hoping he can close into a setup late.  He's third back from a layoff today while dropping in class and switching from turf to dirt (85 rating for this trainer), and we've always liked him better as a dirt horse anyway.  #4 North Ocean has been in questionable form recently, and it's hardly inspiring to find him cut in half for his first start off the claim.  He's the best horse in the field; just not sure we'll see his best race.  #2 M J Plus drops back down for trainer off to a fast start at the meet after landing in a paceless race vs. tougher last week.  
 
Selections:  3-4-2-5
 
Race 6:  #8 Boss Man finally picked up long overdue first win on the drop at Saratoga last month, and returns in the right kind of spot for first start with winners.  Versatility an asset in race projected to be run at a fast early pace.  Expected pace may work against #7 Broadway Zen, who is dropping back down in class after facing much tougher competition recently (Race Ratings of 100 and 99 for last two starts, as compared to today's 89).  #3 Forever Thing is back to turf off the claim after becoming a disappointment on dirt.  Went well enough on grass early in his career.
 
Selections:  8-7-3-2
 
Race 7:  #2 Skye Saratoga starts back as a 3yo while trying her available condition for the first time since impressive maiden score last November with an 83 TFUS Speed Figure.  2014-09-17_08-56-09Has run exclusively in stakes company since, and is eligible to move forward quickly.  #7 Blithely has perhaps been a little lucky so far, as she rode a gold rail to impressive maiden win last September, and was almost able to upset heavily favored Girlaboutown after that one stumbled very badly at the start last time.  On the other hand, she has shown plenty of potential to start her career, improving her figures from start to start (71-88-92), and may be set for best yet in second start back from the layoff.  We can be against her if she's a short price, or with her if she's not.  #8 My Girl Madison is also lightly raced with upside, and is herself making her second start back from a layoff.  Has speed in a race that is projected to favor frontrunners.  #1A Very Accomplished also has speed, and she will appreciate the little cut-back she gets today.  
 
Selections:  2-7-8-1A
 
Race 8:  Now-or-never time for #8 Blue Pigeon, who has had legitimate excuses in each of his two starts this year (too close to fast pace on July 26, buried in traffic on August 23).  #10 Balderdash has failed to build upon solid start to his career on turf as a 2yo, but he took a step in the right direction last time when taking the first run while wide through the second turn before flattening out late.  #3 Charity Reins has improved off the claim for this trainer, and he also had trouble on August 23rd behind several of these.  #2 Salisbury Knight has been a disappointment on dirt but is a half to a pair of stakes winners on grass, so perhaps the surface switch will wake him up.  
 
Selections:  8-10-4-5
 
Race 9:  #5 Boston Strong has run well in both starts to begin his career (as well as the three favorites on the ML have, in our opinion), so we'll take him on top in competitive NY-bred maiden race.  #9 Tiger D has been narrowly defeated in first two starts and feels like the horse to beat, but he exits a no-excuse loss after getting control in a race that was slow early and fast late.  #4 Talladega is a logical contender off of his first two starts.  #6 Luv Dakota Skye makes 3yo debut with a trainer change to George Weaver (99 rating), who will take the blinkers off (100 rating); eligible to improve quickly.  
 
Selections:  5-9-6-3
 
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TimeformUS Analysis for September 14

TimeformUS Analyst Mike Beer

TimeformUS Analysis for Racing at Belmont on Sunday September 14th

Race 1:  Competitive but compact group of five fillies will sprint in the opener.  Pace Projector favors the runners up close, but we'll hope that #5 Equilateral can use her late pace advantage (Late Pace rating of 94 is far superior to her rivals) to overcome the dynamics.  She has sprinted only once in her career, and that came over a muddy, sealed track in her debut, but she impressed that day in posting a 100 TFUS Speed Figure win.  Like her turning back to a sprint for the first time since then after failing to take to turf at Saratoga.  #4 Shayjolie has run speed figures of 98-95-97 on dirt and may play out to be her main rival.  #3 Snowbell has been at her best at Saratoga so far, and she exits a much-the-best win up there last month with a new top figure.  This is tougher. 
 
Selections:  5-4-3-2
 
Race 2:  Lone runner with experience in this $75k maiden claimer for 2yo fillies is #1 Sunnysammi.  She showed good speed in that debut to make a fast pace and bring a clear lead into the stretch before stopping suddenly.  Speed like that is always dangerous in a race like this, but she'll need to finish this time.  Of the firsters, most interesting to us is #7 May Flowers.  She seems to be entered at the right level after bringing $70k in April (she worked two furlongs in 21 flat), and her dam is a half-sister to graded stakes winning sprinters Apriority and Bahamian Squall.  #6 Betamerica Babe is bred for speed on both sides of her pedigree (90 rating for dirt sprints) and is a half to the Grade 2 winning 2yo Vexor.  #4 Grandpa's Princess has good works and is the first foal from her dam, who is a sister to the Grade 1 winning sprinter Friendly Michelle. 
 
Selections:  7-6-1-4
 
Race 3:  #3 Brilliant Jewel is the horse to beat, but that's been said more than once before, and she continues to run to her competition.  We can't take her, and will instead try #5 Remarkable.  Remarkable dueled on a fast pace over an off track in her debut and tired in the stretch.  Similar show of speed in this field could make her tough.
 
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Clement saddles two first-time starters in #2 Royale Rose and #4 Savvy Sassy, and they both have something to recommend them.  Royale Rose (100 Breeding Rating for dirt sprints) is a half-sister to three graded stakes winners, including Woke up Dreamin, who won multiple Grade 2s sprinting on dirt.  Savvy Sassy is a half to the multiple graded stakes winner Southdale, who did his damage over synthetic at Woodbine. 
 
Selections:  5-3-2-4
 
Race 4:  Top NY-bred turf horses #3 Lubash, #4 Kharafa and #7 King Kreesa will go at it again in the $125k Ashley T. Cole over 1 1/8 miles.  King Kreesa has gotten the best of his hard-hitting rivals recently, and it was nice to see him return from the layoff in fine form upstate.  His margin for error is pretty slim, but he's the one to beat, and his speed is a valuable asset over this trip on the inner turf.  Kharafa threw in a bit of a clunker at Saratoga last time, but he's better than that.  Defending champ loves this track and can pull the right trip.  Lubash hits hard every time and just gave dead-game chase to King Kreesa at Saratoga.  
 
Selections:  7-4-3-5
 
Race 5:  #6 Make It Gold was up against it when wired by Glowing Ember two back, and he ran very well despite an impossible trip behind repeater Shining Copper last time.  Enough speed signed on to this race for him to rate and run.  #9 Tiz Yankee would have won last time but for his rider losing an iron in deep stretch while on a clear lead.  Put up 93 TFUS Speed Figures for each of last two turf starts, but may have to deal with #12 Wind of Bosphorus early.  That one drops back down in class after trying a much tougher spot first off the claim.
 
Selections:  6-12-9-5
 
Race 6:  #2 Summer Sunset is a question mark in current form, but he's dropping down in class here after facing much tougher in first three starts off the long layoff, and he has back form to get to that makes him very tough.  
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#5 Street Shark has brought improved form to NY, and he impressed when rolling into a fast pace off the re-claim on turf upstate.  #3 Coolusive also drops after facing tougher since the claim back in May.  Needs to re-find his good form to be competitive.  We're against the Jacobson entry of #1 Be Bullish and #1A Back Forty if they both go, but this barn has been heating up and we could give Back Forty another go if he starts alone.  He had a perfect trip when winning easily on the drop last time, but is another with faster back races to get to.
 
Selections:  2-5-3-1A
 
Race 7:  #8 Throckmorton is everyone's trip horse from the Saratoga meet, so don't expect much value, but his trouble was legitimate and he ran very well despite it.  #4 Day Six was just behind #6 King of Bay when they met at Saratoga, but he got out from behind horses later and was closing gamely at the end.  Neither of them was flattered by the performance of Breakeven Analysis on Saturday.  #9 Kato also ran into traffic behind Throckmorton on July 30th, but he's had prior chances that fail to inspire.
 
Selections:  8-4-5-9
 
Race 8:  #11 Old Harbor gets the right turn-back here after trying two turns upstate in last two starts.  Better fit with these horses and at this distance, and her only start over 7 furlongs resulted in an impressive score.  #4 Image of Noon has also been at her best in these elongated one-turn races at Belmont, and she has come back in improved form as a 4yo.  #5 One Time Only is logical with her versatility and with the cut-back in distance, and she has run several recent TFUS Speed Figures in the 90s, a level most of her competition has not been able to attain on grass to this point.  #2 My Jopia has run some of the fastest turf races in the field and is a threat if she can get back to that level in this spot.  
 
Selections:  11-4-5-2
 
Race 9:  #6 Effie Trinket handles this trip and is the clear horse to beat with her best race.  0-for-5 so far this year, but she's been in some tough spots and was ridden too conservatively when behind a pair of Grade 1 winners in the Yaddo.  #1A Dreaming of Cara never wins, but she's better than she looks on paper and may appreciate this distance more than some of her rivals.  #8 Mah Jong Maddnes once again failed to run up to her top level at Saratoga, but she loves the bigger courses down here and had been in career best form this year before heading north.  Distance the big question for her.  #2 Frosty Bay will need some help to come out on top, but she's an underrated performer who will be able to save all the ground and come running late if she can catch some pace in front of her.
 
Selections:  6-1A-8-2
 
Race 10:  #6 Chief Kitten was a clear second best to winning stablemate, and subsequent Grade 2 winner, Startup Nation on debut at Saratoga.  Similar run makes him the horse to beat in here.  
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#1 Gear Jammer was far back and allowed to finish up on his own in his sprint debut and now stretches out.  Eligible to show much more in second start.  #4 Brother O'Connell was racing on late when behind Chief Kitten last time.  Can improve for the experience, but Clement generally has them cranked up first time out.  
 
Selections:  6-1-4-7

 

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