Each week, TimeformUS Chief Figure Maker Craig Milkowski takes a look back at the weekend performances that earned the top TimeformUS Speed Figures.
Charles Town G2 Charles Town Classic Dirt 1 1/8 miles 4yo+ Top 3: Moreno 112, Imperative 109, Page McKenney 106 Pace: Solid Noteworthy: Shared Belief eased as 1-5 favorite, diagnosed with non-displaced hip fracture Upgrade: Page McKenney in great form, good third despite losing lots of ground around turns Downgrade: Imperative loves Charles Town oval; don’t expect it to carry over to other tracks Hawthorne G3 Illinois Derby Dirt 1 1/8 miles 3yo Top 3: Whiskey Ticket 102, Conquest Curlinate 99, Phenomenal Phoenix 97 Pace: Fast Noteworthy: Track will be coded light blue by TimeformUS---speed wasn’t good Upgrade: Not sure why Cross the Line was on the lead in blazing fractions; expect better with off-pace run Downgrade: Verraco was only non-threatening fourth on closer-friendly track and behind fast pace Keeneland G2 Elkhorn S Turf 1 1/2 miles 4yo+ Top 3: Dramedy 107, Dynamic Sky 106, Unitarian 106 Pace: Solid (Raw fractions deceptive; course rated good and marathon distance) Noteworthy: First time hitting the board in a stakes race for winner in fifth try Upgrade: Dramedy not only set solid pace and held on, he covered the most ground Downgrade: Dynamic Dancer yet to reach TimeformUS Speed Figures of 2014 in four tries Allowance Turf 1 mile 4yo+ Top 3: Grand Arch 117, Sky Captain 114, Rose Brier 115 Pace: Very Fast Noteworthy: Career-best TimeformUS Speed Figure for Grand Arch over soft course Upgrade: Mr. Speaker beaten less than two lengths despite traveling 30 more feet than the winner Downgrade: None, way above par race for the class Santa Anita G3 Santa Barbara S Turf 1 1/4 miles 4yo+ FM Top 3: Queen of the Sand 106, Fanticola 107, Three Hearts 105 Pace: Average Noteworthy: Winner was the runner-up in G1 Matriach in November 2014 Upgrade: Wide trip for Habibi, improving TimeformUS Speed Figure with each start in US Downgrade: Queen of the Sand was lucky to save a lot of ground and get through with her running style Allowance Turf 1 mile 4yo+ Top 3: Midnight Storm 119, Gabriel Charles 109, Global View 105 Pace: Moderate Noteworthy: Midnight Storm now perfect 3 for 3 on turf Upgrade: Gabriel Charles closed nicely into moderate pace for clear second Downgrade: None, way above par race for the class
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