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TimeformUS Analysis for September 21

TimeformUS Analyst Mike Beer

TimeformUS Analysis for Racing at Belmont on September 2

Race 1:  #3 Path to Power debuted going long on grass upstate, but may appreciate switching over (100 Breeding Rating for dirt overall), being a half to a graded stakes winner on dirt and out of a dam who won multiple graded stakes on the main track.  #8 Bella Fachi dropped to this level two back over one mile and stepped things up noticeably to just miss with a 69 TFUS Speed Figure.  Like the turn-back for her out of even longer try at Saratoga.   #2 It's Easy appears to have attained a level that makes her competitive with these horses.  
 
Selections:  3-8-2-1A
 
Race 2:  #4 Tizquick enters the Bongard as a maiden, but he's also the fastest horse in the race based on his debut when second-best to the promising Upstart with an 84 TFUS Speed Figure (next highest figure on dirt is a 75).  
 
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#3 Market Conduct will have to pick it up from a speed figure standpoint, but that's not out of the question for him after a professional maiden win when coming through on the inside to defeat a next-out winner.  #5 Bullheaded Boy has the look of a horse who may appreciate more distance, so getting out to seven furlongs may suit him, but he's another who will have to improve if Tizquick can run as well second time out.
 
Selections:  4-3-5-1
 
Race 3:  Pace Projector for this race doesn't indicate that they will be going fast up front, but there should be some racing going on with all of #3 Make a Fortune, #4 Sense of Peace and #1A Glickman up toward the front early on.  We'll hope that a contested scenario does develop, which would be to the benefit of #8 Deadicated Deal, who has come running late to win two of his last three.  A contested pace would also help the chances of #7 Reserved Quality, but he's had proper set- ups before and has failed to deliver at short prices.
 
Selections:  8-1A-7-4
 
Race 4:  #2 Hard to Stay Notgo impressed in debut win with a 90 TFUS Speed Figure, then got caught up in a very fast pace second time and paid the price late.  Gets first-time lasix for this.  
 
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#6 My Super Nova dropped an unlucky decision to a tripped-out #1 Temper Mint Patty after doing all the work contesting a fast pace with the favorite.  Faces pace pressure once again but that was a promising debut.  #7 Myfourchix was the main beneficiary of the fast pace that did in Hard to Stay Notgo last time, but she has run well both times and projects for a similar trip in this spot.
 
Selections:  2-6-7-5
 
Race 5:  Thought #4 Bolt From the Blue would benefit from the class drop and cut-back last time, but he landed in a paceless race and couldn't impact a loose-on-the-lead winner.  Gets one more chance in a race with more speed signed on.  #11 Jimmy Soul takes big class drop from MSW to MCL (80 trainer rating for Schettino with that move) and has the kind of speed that can help him avoid being compromised on the turn-back.  Faced much tougher in last two in the form of repeat winners Candir and All Included. #6 Badasmywifeletsmeb is an interesting new face who has never raced this cheaply on grass and picks up Castellano.  
 
Selections:  4-11-6-7
 
Race 6:   #1 Aesthetique raced wide from a tough post and was close to a pace that collapsed when cut all the way back to 5.5 furlongs last time.  Has run better than it may appear on several occasions and buried maidens over this track and trip last year.  #2  Letterfromamerica is a wildcard shipping in from Dubai and cutting back to the distance of her lone career win in Ireland.  Gets a full lasix and blinkers makeover for a dangerous trainer.  
 
Selections:  1-2-8-9
 
Race 7:  #7 Sierra Olivia acted very greenly in muddy track debut before eventually being taken wide and out of contention.  Eligible to come forward quickly from that experience for Pletcher, who gets perfect 100 ratings with second-time starters and with 2yo maidens off of this kind of layoff.  #5 Headmistress hit the gate at the start and got herself far back early behind the promising Hi Dollar Woman first time out, but she gathered momentum and was running at the end in an effort she can build upon.  #3 Co steadied early, then chased to no avail in turf sprint debut.  Has plenty of dirt in her pedigree, and gets a solid 87 Breeding Rating for dirt sprints.  #4 Jacaranda gets a 93 Breeding Rating as a half to Grade 1 Florida Derby winner Constitution and her trainer knows how to have a first-time starter ready.  #1 Summer House may need a start or two, but her dam won multiple stakes and is a half to the fleet graded stakes winning sprinter Custom for Carlos.  
 
Selections:  7-5-3-4
 
Race 8:  #6 Street Game couldn't impact the top NY-bred turf horses in training last time, but he holds a stronger hand at this level, and he projects for a nice trip tracking up close to longshot #8 Carson Bandit on the early lead.  #5 Lawyer Jim found his good form around this time last year, winning three of his last four starts of 2013.  Figures to benefit from the class drop for his third start back from the layoff.   #4 Majestic Raffy has had trouble finding the winner's circle, but he's run plenty of fast races in the past, and he lost position through the final turn last time and couldn't make up the lost ground late.
 
Selections:  6-5-4-1
 
Race 9:  #5 Jet Majesty has run well in all four career starts to date and may be set for best effort yet as she makes her third start back from the layoff and third start as a 3yo.  Has the speed to be involved throughout the running.  #8 Given Fire impressed when clearing to the lead vs. a weak field (76 rating) and blowing them out through the stretch over a shorter trip at Saratoga.  Similar effort makes her tough, but she has to stretch out a bit and this group is tougher (83 rating).  #9 Thatza Wrap looked good in first two starts on turf before failing to impact off the short break at Saratoga.  Can be given another chance at a price. 
 
Selections:  5-9-8-1
 
Race 10:  #6 Bigger Picture couldn't keep up early when cut back to a sprint off the long layoff, but he appeared to have plenty of potential as an early season 3yo, and his impressive maiden win over synthetic (90 TFUS Speed Figure) allows hope that he will handle turf.  New trainer does excellent work with new acquisitions.  Connections of #8 Wolf King have been looking to try him on turf from day one and will finally get the chance.  Gets a class drop to go with the surface switch, and picks up a top rider.  #2 Birchwood Road has failed to build upon solid maiden win on turf at the end of last year, but figures to be a better fit at this level.  #9 Toy Cannon can always find at least one better than himself in any given race, but he has been right there the last two times he raced down around this level and is likely to be around it again in this spot.  
 
Selections:  6-8-2-9
 
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TimeformUS Analysis for September 20

TimeformUS Analyst Mike Beer

TimeformUS Analysis for the Racing at Belmont on Saturday September 20th

Race 1:  #2 Tiz May West set a fast pace in the slop when dropped in class for the first time at Saratoga and couldn't hold off Morning Star, who returned to win on turf.  May have simply found the right spot as the inside speed in a race projected to favor runners on or near the early lead.  
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#1 Wraith will be trying to close from off the pace, which may work against her, but she has appreciated the recent turn-back in distance and is competitive with her best race.  #4 Clean Eleven looked good winning first out, and then ran into an impressive winner when moved up in class for her second start.  Been gone a long time, but has a trainer who knows how to get one ready off of workouts.
 
Selections:  2-1-4-3
 
Race 2:  Tough 2nd race without a trustworthy runner.  We'll tentatively put #7 Silver Morgan on top.  He enters uncharted territory stretching out for the first time, but new trainer gets a strong 97 rating first off the claim, and he should be the speed in here.  #5 Piscesbymoonlight has been in dismal form recently, but he will be tough with one of his good ones, and he figures to be a price.  #1 Succesful Brothers exits a frontrunning win at Saratoga, and he seemed to pick up his game a bit in blinkers, but he steps up in class off the claim.   
 
Selections:  7-5-1-6
 
Race 3:  #5 William'sluckygray has been caught up in fast paces going longer in her last two starts and was unable to hold on through the stretch.  Drops down in class and the turn-back figures to suit her.  #4 Stage Name also drops in class and turns back a bit in distance for this.  Not sure what her best surface/distance is, but her turf form is OK, and she faced a streaking rival in Devilish Love last time.  #8 Dattts Da Boss will generally bring a competitive effort, but she's failed to deliver into good set-ups recently.  #3 A P Johnson is the ML favorite and is tempting as a lightly raced runner dropping in class, but her form to this point is nothing to get excited about at a short price.
 
Selections:  5-4-8-3
 
Race 4:  Solid matchup among #3 Big Business, #6 Saratoga Snacks and their younger rival, #4 Escapefromreality, over a flat mile, which may be the best distance for all of them.  Pace Projector indicates that Escapefromreality may get tangled up on a fast pace with #5 Baime, and that should play to the advantage of Big Business and Saratoga Snacks.  We'll give slight preference to the former, who has been holding strong form over a long series of races and loves the elongated one-turn races on this track.  Saratoga Snacks is dangerous as he makes his second start back from the layoff and second start off the trainer change to Bill Mott (98 rating with these horses). 
 
Selections:  3-6-4-7
 
Race 5:  #7 Empty Headed is a new face dropping in class, and his most recent race (102 TimeformUS Speed Figure) makes him very tough in here.  Enough speed signed on here to help his late run.  
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#5 Cheyenne Nation carried all the ground and finished gamely to close down $40k claimers at Saratoga.  Has the back races and is supposed to be tough at this level.   #3 Abilio drops down to lowest level yet for second start off the claim and gets a positive rider change to a more aggressive Jose Lezcano.  
 
Selections:  7-5-3-2
 
Race 6:  #9 Marie Antoinette made a promising debut here last year, and was last seen trying a four-wide run from off the pace in a race that held together up front.  Deserves another chance, and the trainer change isn't viewed as a negative.  #4 Love and Marriage appeared to be a horse in need of a race at Saratoga when getting outrun early and then coming with a good finish at the end.  Going to be very difficult to beat if coming forward from that.  #1 Lady Lavery was dueled into defeat by the promising Hope Cross two back, and she got the wrong ride when taken back in a paceless race last time. 
 
Selections:  9-4-1-6
 
Race 7: #2 Hardly was off to a promising start to her career before failing to fire in a Grade 3 back in March and heading to the sidelines.  Put in long mid-move in Saratoga return before falling out to last in a race she appeared to have needed, and she can be tough in here at a price if ready to build upon the solid TFUS Speed Figures earned prior to the break.  #5 Sky Painter was also a promising 2yo for top connections, and she put up a slight new TFUS Speed Figure top of 92 for her first start back from the layoff behind Invading Humor, who was winning her third straight and has since come back to win again.  #6 Seda Francesa is lightly raced and fits well here based on her three starts to date, and #4 Cash For Ever is a new face to consider after getting loose on the lead and wiring a field in France with relative ease in her debut.
 
Selections:  2-5-6-4
 
Race 8:  Six entered for the Grade 2 Gallant Bloom, a race that centers around #1 Artemis Agrotera, who could hardly have been more impressive than she was in her dominating Grade 1 Ballerina win at Saratoga with a 113 TFUS Speed Figure.  If she is going to run a race like that again, or something close to it, then she is a likely winner of this race.  She did get a great ride and perfect trip in that race, however, and she has drawn the rail again, this time in a race that is packed with speed.  #5 Willet couldn't get near Artemis Agrotera last time, but she's the closer in a race full of speed types, and her very best effort gives her a real chance.  For a price to include, #4 Classic Point has run races in the past that can compete, and she has excuses for each of her last two starts.  Official trainer change to Jimmy Jerkens from his father worked to positive effect with another runner from this owner, House Rules, who buried a field at Saratoga and is headed to the Grade 1 Cotillion on Saturday.  
 
Selections:  4-1-5-3
 
Race 9: There is a lot of guessing to be done in the third leg, which contains several interesting first-time starters.  #3 Street Jersey has a perfect 100 Breeding Rating, being a half to Grade 1 winner Jersey Town from the multiple Grade 1 winning dam Jersey Girl.  
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#1 Signature Look is a half to a multiple Grade 2 turf winner, but his second dam is Breeders' Cup Sprint winner Desert Stormer.  #4 Private Show is bred for speed on both sides of his pedigree (93 Breeding Rating for dirt sprints), and he posted a fast work on August 25th, which is uncharacteristic of this trainer.  #5 Skill Not Luck brought $320k after working 10.2 in April and goes for dangerous connections.  #2 Frosted has valuable experience, and he was held up behind horses for a long way in his debut, which was marred by a spill in the stretch that led to an inflated margin of victory for the winner.
 
Selections:  4-2-5-3
 
Race 10:  #6 Dubai Sky made a promising debut when racing on gamely late after finding early trouble. He can come forward quickly for a trainer who doesn't crank them up for first-out success.  #9 Andalusite rallied gamely through traffic in his debut, falling just short, and his trainer does well with second-time starters (78 rating, as compared to 57 overall rating).  #7 Escondido raced very greenly in his sprint debut for Pletcher and was given some time to regroup.  #5 Fire Away did no running in his debut on dirt, but this half-brother to Grade 1 turf winner Mr Speaker is eligible to be a different horse with the surface switch.  #1 Grey Wizard debuts for Chad Brown, who can't miss with his firsters on turf lately, and #4 Sanad debuts for Christophe Clement, who gets a 98 rating with first-time starters in turf routes.
 
Selections:  6-7-1-5
 
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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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