04/13/2017 5:23PM

Timeline an up-and-comer

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Horseplayers generally shouldn't get too excited about giant performances on wet racetracks. 
 
In the case of Chad Brown's undefeated 3-year-old TIMELINE, however, one can't help but wonder if he's the goods. 
 
Timeline hammered a field of entry-level optional claimers traveling a mile at Aqueduct on April 6. Sent away the even-money favorite in the 7-horse field, Timeline broke in under Javier Castellano, but soon righted himself to take up a pace-prompting position outside 21 to 1 rank outsider DEVINE DENTAL. Timeline attacked on the far turn, scooted away once he switched leads in upper stretch and drew off to win by 13 1/2 lengths in 1:36.95 over the sealed, sloppy track. He received a whopping Beyer Speed Figure of 102 for the effort.
 
Not bad for only his second lifetime appearance. 
 
Timeline was purchased for $500,000 at the 2015 Keeneland September yearling auction. He is by Hard Spun, a Grade 1 winner at 7 furlongs that was able to successfully stretch out to 1 1/8 miles. Timeline's dam, the Empire Maker mare Azorina, is an unplaced half-sister to Grade 3 route winner Altesse, Grade 3-placed router Alchemist and stakes-winning router Where's the Moon. 
 
The second dam, Aldiza, captured the Grade 1 Go for Wand Handicap at 1 1/8 miles at Saratoga. Timeline is a direct descendant of blue-hen mare Courtly Dee. 
 
Timeline made his debut in a 7-furlong maiden special weight at Gulfstream Park on March 4. The extremely valuable "DRF Clocker Report" (http://www.drf.com/keeclocker) had him pegged as a runner:
 
Feb 26 PMM 4f fst :48.90
Timeline and Bobby on Fleek both went well while in hand going easily over a fast track through energetic splits of 24.80, 48.80 / 1:01.20, 1:15.20. RATING: B+
 
Feb 19 PMM 4f fst :48.45
Was traveling better than Ticonderoga under a big hold in the fog and galloped out two lengths clear with very good energy in 12.40. RATING: B+
 
Feb 13 PMM 4f fst :49.30
Got the better of 5yo MGSW March while in hand going easily in 24.80, 49.00, out 1:02.20, and kept on going with great energy all by himself in 1:15.00, 1:29.60. RATING: B+
 
Jan 31 PMM 4f fst :48.20
Second-best from the gate to the promising Switzerland while being asked through nice splits of 36.60, 48.40 / 1:01.40. RATING: B
 
Jan 24 PMM 4f fst :48.30
Went well without being asked for much effort alongside Switzerland through excellent splits of 24.20, 48.00 / 1:00.80, 1:14.40. RATING: B+
 
Jan 17 PMM 5f fst 1:00.40
Timeline (Castellano) and Take Your Guns both broke well showing good gate speed over a fast track while just going easily in 24.60, 35.80, 48.20, asked some late in sharp clocking, and out a solid 1:15.20. RATING: B+
 
Timeline rallied from off-the-pace to post a half-length triumph in 1:24.61, a clocking good enough for a solid 85 Beyer Speed Figure. That race was flattered when the runner-up, GIUSEPPE THE GREAT, returned to graduate at Keeneland with a 90 Beyer. The fourth-finisher, TIME TO TRAVEL, came back to win with an 88 on the Florida Derby undercard and will run this Saturday in the Grade 3 Lexington Stakes at Keeneland. 
 
Brown has mentioned the Grade 3, $200,000 Peter Pan at Belmont Park on May 13 as a possible next race for Timeline. The colt is still a little bit green, but he shouldn't have any issue with the extra distance of the Peter Pan. He's a 3-year-old to watch for the second part of 2017. 
 
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Dan, hopefully you can explain how was the Beyer numbers calculated on 2 races from Florida Derby day. In particular the Honey Fox won by Celestine that earned a 93 # vs the 86 earned by Dover Cliffs winning the Cutler Bay handicap. Both races were essentially run at the same pace and there was only a 3 one hundredths of a sec difference in the final time. Can you please elaborate 
Ian Douglas
 
I'd guess that the portable rail settings might have had something to do with this. The Honey Fox was run with the rails down while the Cutler Bay was contested over a course with the rails out 72 feet. Not exactly the same one-mile race, to be sure. 
 
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Here are the top 25 WINNING Beyer Speed Figures from 4/5/17 - 4/11/17:
 
1. SEND IT IN - 119 - Excelsior Stakes (G3) - 1 1/4 Miles - 8Apr17-8AQU
2. PARADISE WOODS - 107 - Santa Anita Oaks (G1) - 1 1/16 Miles - 8Apr17-6SA 
3. AWESOME SLEW - 102 - Commonwealth Stakes (G3) - 7 Furlongs - 8Apr17-6KEE
3. MACAGONE - 102 - Danger's Hour Stakes - 1 Mile (Turf) - 9Apr17-8AQU
3. TIMELINE - 102 - OC 80k/N1X -N - 1 Mile - 6Apr17-8AQU
6. IRISH WAR CRY - 101 - Wood Memorial Stakes (G2) - 1 1/8 Miles - 8Apr17-10AQU
7. HOLDING GOLD - 100 - Shakertown Stakes (G2) - 5 1/2 Furlongs (Turf) - 8Apr17-7KEE
8. JAY'S WAY - 99 - OC 62k/N2X -N - 1 Mile - 9Apr17-3AQU
9. GREEN GRATTO - 98 - Carter Handicap (G1) - 7 Furlongs - 8Apr17-9AQU
10. HILLHOUSE HIGH - 96 - Royal Heroine Stakes (G2) - 1 Mile (Turf) - 8Apr17-5SA 
10. PROJECTED (GB) - 96 - Alw 64410C - 1 1/16 Miles - 9Apr17-7KEE
12. DECEMBER SEVEN - 94 - OC 80k/N3X -N - 1 Mile - 7Apr17-3KEE
12. MISS SKY WARRIOR - 94 - Gazelle Stakes (G2) - 1 1/8 Miles - 8Apr17-11AQU
14. HIGHWAY STAR - 93 - Distaff Handicap (G3) - 7 Furlongs - 9Apr17-5AQU
14. IRAP - 93 - Blue Grass Stakes (G2) - 1 1/8 Miles - 8Apr17-10KEE
14. RECOUNT - 93 - Alw 83000C - 6 Furlongs - 7Apr17-8OP 
17. AMERICAN ROAD - 92 - OC25k/SAL25k - 1 Mile - 7Apr17-5LRL
17. ILLUSSION ARTIST - 92 - Carousel Stakes - 6 Furlongs - 8Apr17-9OP 
19. KATHRYN THE WISE - 91 - Alw 57000N1X - 6 1/2 Furlongs - 5Apr17-8AQU
19. ROY H - 91 - OC 40k/N1X -N -  About 6 1/2 Furlongs (Turf) - 8Apr17-1SA 
19. SCHIVARELLI - 91 - OC 62k/N2X - 6 Furlongs - 8Apr17-3KEE
19. SCITECH - 91 - OC 25k/N$Y -N - 1 1/16 Miles - 6Apr17-7HAW
23. BIG SCORE - 90 - Transylvania Stakes (G3) - 1 1/16 Miles (Turf) - 7Apr17-9KEE
23. GIUSEPPE THE GREAT - 90 - Md Sp Wt 59k - 6 1/2 Furlongs - 8Apr17-4KEE
23. PAULASSILVERLINING - 90 - Madison Stakes (G1) - 7 Furlongs - 8Apr17-8KEE
23. SWEET LORETTA - 90 - Beaumont Stakes (G3) - About 7 Furlongs - 9Apr17-8KEE
23. WESTLEY - 90 - OC 62k/N2X -N - 6 Furlongs (Tapeta) - 6Apr17-5GG 
 
*Send It In's lifetime past performances are available at the bottom of this blog post.
 
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There was no winner in the most recent HandiGambling challenge.
 
Rick M and SR VEGAS' HG scoreboard spreadsheet is available at the bottom of this blog post. 
 
Let's go with Saturday's Arkansas Derby as this week's exercise.
 
PAST PERFORMANCES ARE AVAILABLE AT THE BOTTOM OF THIS BLOG POST.
 
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HG 2016
The speed in this race are #1 Alpha, #2 Beta, and #8 Ocho. I like the works for layoff horse #5 Cinco who can sit off the pace. Lots of speed in here, so this could set up for a closer like  #6 Six Flags and I like the trainer's stats in these conditions. I’ll put the closer over the speed.
 
HG wager:
$10 EX   6 /   1,2,5, 8  = $40
$5 TRI   6 /   1,2,5,8  /  1,2,5,8  =  $60
Total $100
Thanks Dan!
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Professor Molesap 10 days ago
Annie
Nice job on the P5 at SA - nice to finally catch one and it paid fairly well considering the 2/5 shot won the 4th leg. Almost $2K - most excellent.
Anonymous 10 days ago
SA Pick 5:

Taima the Hawk, the favorite, won the first. I was hoping for a longer shot in this race as I have a couple of really low-priced favorites in a couple of other races. But, you have to take what you get.
I did not have that longshot #6 that almost won. Whew! Even with a name like PROFESSOR CINCH, I couldn't see it. :)

Race 2: Loaded this maiden claimer: Make It a Triple, It's Tiz Time, Westwood's Wizard, Bucky Goldstein, and Quality Line

Race 3: Rizzi's Honors and Time and Chance

Race 4: Jill Madden

Race 5: Over Par, Heat, Record Highs, Holdthismiss (Don't know how that one got by. The horse is not a female), and Los Gatos

Good luck with yours, Whacky!!

Annie

Mac930My 10 days ago
Santa Anita. Pick 5. 50 cent play x 6.

15910//234//4//1//3789.

Win // Place
R1. #1
R2. #3
R3. ------
R4. -------
R5. #8

Good Luck!!!!!

Whackymacky Out!!!!!!
Mac930My 10 days ago
Keeneland. Pick 4. 50 cent play x 20 tickets. 
Starts Race #2.
358//12//35//351112.

$300 Win// $600 Place
R2. #3
R3. #1
R4. #3
R5. #5

Good Luck!!!!

Whackymacky Out!!!!!!
Mac930My 10 days ago
Aqueduct. Thursday. 50 cent play x 6. Pick 5.

1367//45//12//1a411//127

300//600 Win//Place
R1..#3
R2. #5
R3. #2
R4. #1A
R5. #2

Good Luck!!!

Whackymacky Out!!!!!
DavidM9999 11 days ago

Jorge Navarro, the horse racing version of Public Enemy #1 is now accused of a positive involving cocaine. I have no idea whether its something evil or something about nothing like pico or nanogram environmental contamination. I do know this. I have never trusted the man, will never trust the man and did I say I never trusted the man. Jorge could care less what I think. Navarro is either genius or a habitual rule bender. If he is the former, I feel for him because every time he wins a race there is a visible cloud over him in the winner’s circle. If he is clean and unjustly accused it is a shame. He certainly improves horses while winning races at very high rates. The improvements/results seem too good to be true. I suspect Jorge is a bit like Icarus. He is flying near something very hot. Whether he gets burned or not only time will tell. Every time I see a horse of his in the DRF I ask.... am I betting the horse or man here.


AQU is running a 4.5F race for 2 YO’s today. I don’t recall this before. It is for a rich $100,000 purse. What is going on? $100,000? GP has one also but for $50k. Racing needs less not more of these in April and May. 


KEE has a nice race in the third today. A horse I have chased a bit goes in this spot Sassy Lil Lila. She lost by a nose in a G1 last out in 2016. Now a ALW spot. Grade 1-2 animals generally are gold in ALW races. The price is usually copper though. Lila has been getting so so marks in the am. Her last had the comment "showed up a bit wet". Certainly the 7/2 ML is inflated. This does not seem like a good gambling spot but she is the class if ready. Puca faced MUCH better in a grade 3 but seems to underwhelm while nibbling. Shaan exited one of the fastest 7.5F races of the GP meet then bombed at 9/5 on DIRT. Waters deeper here. If I play will use Shaan in my mix. I like the sire and dam sire for turf on You Cheated. Jorge Navarro is not training but he should be. I hope she scratches then surfaces at CD or IND in easier spot with odds.


The 5th is s good wide open turf sprint. Oso Ready is getting big reviews in the morning. He is bred to go green out of More Than Ready. The Dixie Union in the dam side says speed/sprint. Ancient Warfare catches my eye with some Horse Chestnut blood. I love those on grass. This should be a fun race.


Joe Donato - please email me at Dmiddleton@namic.org.

Sinatra 11 days ago
Joseph

You can also register as a member of DRF without purchasing any products.  This could key you getting promotional e-mails.

Turf Ruler
Sinatra 11 days ago
Joseph Donato

My secret to getting advanced past performances for a lower price is to wait until the price is lowered.  If you get the e-mails about products you'll notice that the closer it gets to the time of the event DRF has lowered the original cost.  They used to offer the international races for free especially the Dubai races but for the last few years this has been discontinued.  So if you want DRF advanced let a week or two go by to purchase it.

Turf Ruler
Joseph Donato 11 days ago
since we have so many helpful people on here,  i was wondering if anyone knows a way to get the ADVANCED DRF PAST PERFORMANCES for the derby,  without having to spend 30$ on a package? i would like to make a single card purchase, if possible. i am having no luck trying to do this seemingly simple thing..brisnet is offering free pps all over the net, for the same thing(derby). but i dont read brisnet.  thanks if you can help
Mac930My 11 days ago
Keeneland  Late Pick 4. 50 cent play x 6.....
4578//15//261011//458
W/P..
R5. #7
R6. #5
R7. #6
R8. #5

Good luck!!!!

Whackymacky out!!!!!