09/06/2017 4:27PM

TimeformUS Speed Figure Report for week ending Sept. 4, 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
G1 Woodward

1/2 153
3/4 145
Fin 141
Top 3: Gun Runner 142, Rally Cry 130, Neolithic 132
Note: Highest TimeformUS Speed Figure awarded since figures debuted in 2013; second-largest margin of victory in a Grade 1 for older males since 2009, bested only by Frosted’s 2016 Met Mile

G1 Hopeful
1/4 121
1/2 105
Fin 108
Top 3: Sporting Chance 106, Free Drop Billy 106, Givemeaminit 105
Note: Eighth Hopeful win for trainer D. Wayne Lukas; seven of eight horses in the field were between 3-1 and 8-1 on the tote

G1 Spinaway
1/4 128
1/2 120
Fin 87
Top 3: Lady Ivanka 93, Maya Malibu 87, Separationofpowers 97
Note: Race completely fell apart late – all fractions red in TimeformUS PPs; well below TimeformUS Speed Figure Grade 1 par for 2-year-old fillies

G2 Bernard Baruch H.
1/2 138
3/4 140
Fin 126
Top 3: Heart to Heart 130, Forge 125, Delta Prince 125
Note: Turf course rated “yielding,” winner also won Grade 3 Knickerbocker last year over yielding course; good effort for Forge in first U.S. stakes try – was only horse doing any closing in the last 2 1/2 furlongs

G2 Prioress
1/4 117
1/2 117
Fin 122
Top 3: Vertical Oak 120, Nonna Mela 111, Dawn The Destroyer 109
Note: Sloppy track – winner now 2 for 2 on those by combined 13 lengths; 115 TimeformUS Speed Figure last out was top in the field

G3 Saranac
Fin 120
Top 3: Voodoo Song 120, Yoshida 120, Bricks and Mortar 119
Note: Fourth win of the meet for Voodoo Song! Race timing was botched, no pace figures available; final time listed as 1:46.18, but timing from video replay puts the time at approximately 1:45.05

G3 Glens Falls
1/2 112
1m 119
Fin 121
Top 3: Harmonize 121, Grateful 121, War Flag 119
Note: First win of 2017 in fifth try for Harmonize, had been off the board in the other four, which were all Grade 1 or Grade 2 races

Del Mar
G1 Del Mar Futurity

1/4 129
1/2 118
Fin 109
Top 3: Bolt d’Oro 110, Zatter 111, Run Away 106
Note: Big effort from top two, finishing four clear of the rest; Zatter was returning on only two weeks’ rest

G1 Del Mar Debutante
1/4 127
1/2 116
Fin 105
Top 3: Moonshine Memories 110, Piedi Bianchi 106, Spectator 99
Note: Winner set quick pace – half-mile coded red in TimeformUS PPs; 2 for 2 while earning 110 TimeformUS in both starts

G2 Del Mar Derby
1/2 103
3/4 112
Fin 116
Top 3: Sharp Samurai 120, Big Score 118, Bowie’s Hero 117
Note: Winner overcame slow pace to win from seventh early – blue fractions in TimeformUS PPs; all early runners were long prices who backed up readily, so could be a little deceiving

G2 John C. Mabee
1/2 140
3/4 135
Fin 128
Top 3: Cambodia 128, Goodyearforroses 127, Madame Stripes 124
Note: Winner 2 for 2 since shipping west, also won Grade 2 Yellow Ribbon at Del Mar meet; fifth straight 120-plus speed figure for runner-up

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Parx
G3 Smarty Jones

1/2 111
3/4 120
Fin 129
Top 3: Pavel 127, Talk Logistics 120, Colonelsdarktemper 120
Note: Huge win for Pavel in only third career start – second-fastest winning TimeformUS Speed Figure for a 3-year-old in 2017 (West Coast, 132, Travers)

G3 Turf Monster
1/4 132
1/2 127
Fin 120
Top 3: Pure Sensation 120, Mongolian Saturday 118, Snowday 119
Note: Winner saved ground every step and slipped through tiring leader in the stretch; sixth early – seven of eight previous wins came when first or second early

G3 Greenwood Cup
1/2 166
1m 130
Fin 117
Top 3: Madefromlucky 117, Testosterstone 106, Let Me Go First 106
Note:  Crazy early pace for Grade 3, 1 1/2-mile race set by even-money favorite Scuba, finished next to last; winner won by 12-plus lengths

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