Each week, TimeformUS Chief Figure Maker Craig Milkowski takes a look back at the weekend performances that earned the top TimeformUS Speed Figures.
Aqueduct G1 Wood Memorial S Dirt 1 1/8 miles 3yo Top 3: Frosted 105, Tencendur 103, El Kabeir 99 Pace: Moderate Noteworthy: First race for Frosted since puzzling Fountain of Youth; minor throat surgery in the interim Upgrade: Frosted was wide on both turns well behind a moderate pace, still won with ease Downgrade: Daredevil had no excuse, distance challenged? G1 Carter Handicap Dirt 7 furlongs 4yo+ Top 3: Dads Caps 111, Green Gratto 112, Dream Saturday 107 Pace: Very Fast Noteworthy: Final time was slightly slower than Juba’s allowance win earlier on the card Upgrade: None, this was a weak G1 race Downgrade: Dads Caps showed versatility, but both G1 wins well below par G2 Gazelle S Dirt 1 1/8 miles 3yo F Top 3: Condo Commando 92, Puca 88, Money’soncharlotte 83 Pace: Fast Noteworthy: All five of Condo Commando’s wins by 2.5 lengths or more Upgrade: Puca showed early speed for the first time in her career; held well for second Downgrade: Condo Commando won on pure talent, 9f probably a bit too far against better G3 Bay Shore S Dirt 7 Furlongs 3yo Top 3: March 97, Lord Nelson 95, Ready for Rye 94 Pace: Very Fast Noteworthy: Three longshots battled through a fast opening quarter; set it up for closers Upgrade: Lord Nelson appeared to lose his action and dropped way out of it, but rallied strongly late Downgrade: March was flattered by pace, solid enough but won under ideal circumstances Keeneland G1 Blue Grass S Dirt 1 1/8 miles 3yo Top 3: Carpe Diem 104, Danzig Moon 99, Ocho Ocho Ocho 100 Pace: Fast Noteworthy: All four of Carpe Diem’s wins have been by at least a margin of 2.5 lengths Upgrade: Lifetime best in second off the layoff for Ocho Ocho Ocho; expect even better next time Downgrade: Frammento was a suck-up fourth, never a contender at any point G1 Ashland S Dirt 1 1/16 miles 3yo F Top 3: Lovely Maria 94, Angela Renee 91, Silverpocketsfull 87 Pace: Moderate Noteworthy: Yet another race where 3yo fillies were much slower than 3yo males on the same card Upgrade: Lovely Maria is improving for trainer Larry Jones, second to stablemate I’m a Chatterbox in last Downgrade: Angela Renee is solid but still hasn’t surpassed debut speed figure in seven subsequent tries G1 Madison S Dirt 7 furlongs 4yo+ FM Top 3: Princess Violet 106, Stopchargingmaria 107, Clearly Confused 100 Pace: Very Fast Noteworthy: First graded stakes win for Princess Violet Upgrade: Wedding Toast has run a better TimeformUS Speed Figure in each start since layoff Downgrade: Clearly Confused trailed early and picked up the hot-pace victims late, lowest fig in field G3 Commonwealth S Dirt 7 furlongs 4yo+ Top 3: Kobe’s Back 109, C. Zee 109, Rocket Time 108 Pace: Moderate Noteworthy: Kobe’s Back should be a force moving up in class; needs to break better at higher levels Upgrade: Big return effort for Jessica’s Star, should do better around two turns Downgrade: Bourbon Courage showed nothing for second consecutive race, underlay going forward G3 Shakertown S Turf 5.5 furlongs 4yo+ Top 3: Something Extra 116, Channel Marker 111, Undrafted106 Pace: Fast Noteworthy: Breeders' Cup Turf Sprint will be run over course, likely several of the same horses will run Upgrade: Undrafted drew wide post and lost ground, better suited to more distance, Japuir repeat next? Downgrade: Zee Bros is more reputation than performance Santa Anita G1 Santa Anita Derby Dirt 1 1/8 miles 3yo Top 3: Dortmund 114, One Lucky Dane 110, Bolo 107 Pace: Solid Noteworthy: Dortmund will head to Kentucky a perfect 6 for 6 Upgrade: Bolo was wide on both turns Downgrade: Prospect Park had small traffic trouble but still should have been able to get the show spot G1 Santa Anita Oaks S Dirt 1 1/16 miles 3yo F Top 3: Stellar Wind 103, Luminance 99, Wild At Heart 94 Pace: Solid Noteworthy: Winner now three for three at a mile or longer Upgrade: Stellar Wind finally got a decent pace and exploded later, better with more distance and pace Downgrade: Curlin’s Fox had nothing late, maybe better on return to turf Oaklawn G3 Fantasy S Dirt 1 1/16 miles 3yo F Top 3: Include Betty 95, Oceanwave 93, Achiever’s Legacy 94 Pace: Average Noteworthy: 3rd consecutive win on dirt for Include Betty Upgrade: Achiever’s Legacy was very wide on the turn and roughed up through the lane Downgrade: Sarah Sis was disappointing as second choice
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