08/30/2017 7:46AM

TimeformUS Speed Figure Report for week ending Aug. 27, 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.

Saratoga

Grade 1 Travers

1/2    134

1m    129

Fin    133

Top 3: West Coast 132, Gunnevera 129, Irap 127

Note: Top TimeformUS Speed Figure for a 3-year-old far in 2017; Irap was probably second best, wide trip on both turns while pressing solid pace; none of the three winners of a Triple Crown race were much of a factor and finished 4th, 8th, and 9th

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Grade 1 Sword Dancer

1/2    135

1m    133

Fin    127

Top 3: Sadler’s Joy 127, Money Multiplier 126, Bigger Picture 126

Note: Fast pace - pace figures in red in TimeformUS PPs; European shipper and 7-5 favorite Idaho pressed pace before fading to sixth

Grade 1 Personal Ensign

1/2    128

3/4    123

Fin    122

Top 3: Forever Unbridled 121, Songbird 122, Eskenformoney 116

Note: Third Grade 1 win of career for Forever Unbridled; Songbird only second loss in 15 races, both seconds, but hasn’t improved speed figures as a 4-year-old

Grade 1 Forego

1/4    142

1/2    130

Fin    130

Top 3: Drefong 130, Awesome Slew 121, Tom’s Ready 118

Note: Huge wire-to-wire effort by reigning BC Sprint champion – two-three finishers were 9th and 10th early

Grade 2 Ballerina

1/4    92

1/2    87

Fin    108

Top 3: By the Moon 99, Highway Star 99, Carina Mia 98

Note: Ridiculously slow pace for a Grade 1 sprint renders the speed figures meaningless; last three furlongs were run in 136 on TimeformUS Scale

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Grade 2 H. Allen Jerkens

1/4    165

1/2    141

Fin    120

Top 3: Practical Joke 121, Takaful 128, American Anthem 117

Note: Very fast pace set by Takaful - all fractions coded red in TimeformUS PPs; winner 5 for 5 around one turn, 0 for 5 around two

Grade 2 Ballston Spa

1/2    119

3/4    130

Fin    127

Top 3: Lady Eli 127, Dickinson 126, Roca Rojo 124

Note: Nice win by incredible Lady Eli, but was assisted by uncoupled stablemate Antonoe surprisingly pressing the pace; three of five starters trained by Chad Brown

Del Mar

Grade 2 Pat O’Brien

1/4    119

1/2    119

Fin    128

Top 3: Giant Expectations 124, Calculator 123, Silent Bird 118

Note: Race took major hit when heavy ML favorite Danzing Candy suffered career-ending injury day before; winner’s first try in a stakes race in 10th career start, didn’t break maiden until seventh start

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Grade 3 Torrey Pines

1/2    102

3/4    102

Fin    101

Top 3: Munny Spunt 100, Zapperkat 101, Bernina Star 96

Note: Zapperkat finished first but was DQ’d to second; TimeformUS Speed Figure well below par for Grade 3 older females

Woodbine

Grade 3 Ontario Colleen

1/2    123

3/4    112

Fin    111

Top 3: Enstone 110, Grizzel 109, Reverse 107

Note: Winner rated somewhat for the first time - previously off the board in all three starts when third or worse at first call

Grade 3 Seaway

1/4    117

1/2    116

Fin    120

Top 3: Ami’s Mesa 116, Sky My Sky 110, Tulsa Queen 103

Note: Perfect 3 for 3 as a 4-year-old; nearly perfect on Woodbine synthetic surfaces - 5 out of 6 with lone loss a narrow second

Monmouth

Grade 3 Iselin

1/2    118

3/4    118

Fin    124

Top 3: Just Call Kenny 122, Eagle 118, Mr. Jordan 118

Note:  Fifth win for Just Call Kenny, previous four around one turn; last two races have been in four-horse fields