08/15/2017 2:46PM

TimeformUS Speed Figure Report for week ending Aug. 13, 2017

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Each week, TimeformUS Chief Figure Maker Craig Milkowski takes a look back at the weekend’s graded stakes and releases the TimeformUS Speed Figures for these races.

Arlington

Grade 1 Arlington Million

1/2    133

1m    116

Fin    117

Top 3: Beach Patrol 118, Fanciful Angel 117, Deauville 116

Note: Well below par for Grade 1 older males; winner had lost six straight – his last win came over this course in the 2016 Secretariat.

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Grade 1 Beverly D.

1/2    126

3/4    113

Fin    118

Top 3: Dacita 122, Grand Jete 121, Dona Bruja 121 (dead heat for 2nd)

Note: Winner trained by Chad Brown, who also won the Million in next race; nightmare trip for Grand Jete, probably best

Grade 1 Secretariat

1/2    133

1m    126

Fin    122

Top 3: Oscar Performance 123, Taj Mahal 119, Afandem 118

Note: Race was run 0.60 of a second faster than Arlington Million later on the card; third straight win for 2-year-old turf champ after starting season with two off-the-board finishes

Grade 3 Pucker Up

Fin    116

Top 3: Fault 116, Journey Home 116, Lovely Bernadette 112

Note: No pace figures - race run on rarely used course configuration; huge superfecta comprising top four fastest last-race TimeformUS Speed Figures

Grade 3 American St. Leger

Fin    121

Top 3: Postulation 121, Tagleeb 118, Keystoneforvictory 115

Note: Second stakes win in a row (first graded) for Postulation, previously 0 for 6 since shipping to the U.S.; no TimeformUS Pace Figures for races over 1 ½ miles

Saratoga

Grade 1 Fourstardave

1/2    125

3/4    131

Fin    131

Top 3: World Approval 131, Time Test 128, Ballagh Rocks 127

Note: Rain hit before race, course considerably slower than earlier in the day; first try on turf at mile distance for winner, has won at distances as long as 11 furlongs (Grade 1 United Nations)

Grade 2 Saratoga Special

1/4    129

1/2    117

Fin    107

Top 3: Copper Bullet 110, Hollywood Star 99, Tempestad 96

Note: Winner had much talked about tough trip in last when second in Grade 3 Bashford Manner; second best TimeformUS Speed Figure of 2017 thus far (Kowboy Karma, 111)

Grade 2 Adirondack

1/4    93

1/2    99

Fin    101

Top 3: Pure Silver 100, Southhampton Way 85, Wall of Compassion 82

Note: Track coded red in TimeformUS PPs - speed did very well; winner now 3 for 3, first try outside statebred ranks

Del Mar

Grade 2 Best Pal

1/4    126

1/2    119

Fin    93

Top 3: Run Away 104, Dia de Pago 87, Fleetwood 87

Note: Winner 3 for 3, winning by open lengths in each race; tough start for 6-5 favorite Serengeti, finished sixth

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Grade 3 Rancho Bernardo

1/4    113

1/2    113

Fin    116

Top 3: Skye Diamonds 113, Constellation 113, Bendable 107

Note: Skye Diamonds has won last six starts at 6 1/2 furlongs or shorter; fourth consecutive runner-up finish for Constellation this year after taking Grade 1 La Brea to close 2016

Emerald

Grade 3 Longacres Mile

1/2    117

3/4    118

Fin    118

Top 3: Gold Rush Dancer 118, Mach One Rules 111, Dedicated to You 111

Note: Winner took lead after opening half-mile and steadily drew clear all the way to the wire; return trip to Emerald after starting career with five races over the track, including winning a stakes race around two turns

Monmouth

Grade 3 Monmouth Oaks

1/2    118

3/4    112

Fin    112

Top 3: Teresa Z 111, Sine Wave 110, Overture 110

Note: Winner had best TimeformUS Late Pace rating in race predicted to set up well for her closing style; her first stakes win

Woodbine

Grade 3 Seagram Cup

1/2    127

3/4    125

Fin    126

Top 3: Melmich 127, Are You Kidding Me 126, Gigantic Breeze 125

Note: Melmich is undefeated in 2017 in three tries with TimeformUS Speed Figures ranging from 127 to 130; 14th win on Woodbine synthetic track

Ellis Park

Grade 3 Groupie Doll

1/2    134

3/4    122

Fin    110

Top 3: Tiger Moth 110, Walkabout 109, Danzatrice 106

Note: Second straight stakes win for Tiger Moth, both coming from off the pace in “red fraction” races; top two finishers were clear top-rated TimeformUS Late Pace horses in race projected to have a hot pace