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Encyclopedia > Beyer Speed Figure

The Beyer Speed Figure is a system for rating the performance of Thoroughbred racehorses in North America designed in the early 1970s by Andrew Beyer, the syndicated horse racing columnist for The Washington Post. First published in book form in 1975, by 1992 the Daily Racing Form began incorporating Beyer Speed Figures in a horse's past performances and the system has evolved to where today each performance by every horse is given a Beyer number which reflects the time of the race and the inherent speed of the track over which it was run. On the Beyer scale, the top stakes horses in the United States and Canada earn numbers in the 100's, while extremely strong performances may rate as high as the 120's. In Europe, Timeform has a different set up that yields a different rating number. The popular rule of thumb for a rough equivalent of the Timeform score is to deduct 12-14 points to achieve the Beyer figure. Thoroughbred race horses The Thoroughbred is a horse breed best known as a race horse. ... Horse-racing is an equestrian sporting activity which has been practiced over the centuries; the chariot races of Roman times were an early example, as was the contest of the steeds of the god Odin and the giant Hrungnir in Norse mythology. ... North America North America is a continent [1] in the Earths northern hemisphere and (chiefly) western hemisphere. ... Andrew Beyer is an American expert on horse race betting who designed what has become known as the Beyer Speed Figure. ... The Washington Post is the largest newspaper in Washington, D.C., the capital of the United States. ... The Daily Racing Form, LLC (DRF) is a broadsheet newspaper founded in 1894 in Chicago, Illinois by Frank Brunell. ... A graded stakes race is a term applied to a Thoroughbred horse race in the United States and Canada to describe races that derive their name from the stake, or entry fee, owners must pay. ... World map showing the location of Europe. ... Timeform publications Timeform Publications is a publishing company in Halifax, West Yorkshire, United Kingdom founded in 1948 to provide information to fans, bettors, and others involved in the horse racing industry. ...


In 2004, Ghostzapper earned the highest Beyer Speed Figure at 128. In the July 5, 2005 Hollywood Gold Cup, Lava Man turned in a speed figure of 120. Bordonaro earned a Beyer Speed Figure of 119 in winning the 2006 Ancient Title Handicap which was the highest number assigned to any North American horse in 2006. The racehorse Ghostzapper won the Breeders Cup Classic in 2004, outdistancing Roses in May by three lengths in a stakes record of 1:59. ... The Hollywood Gold Cup is a Grade I Stakes race for thoroughbred horses inaugurated in 1938 at Hollywood Park in Inglewood, California. ... Lava Man (foaled on March 20, 2001) is a dark bay gelded thoroughbred race horse by Slew City Slew (Seattle Slew) out of Lil Ms. ...


Beyer calculated that, had the Beyer Speed Figure calculation had existed during that time frame, Secretariat would have earned a figure of 139 for his 1973 win at the Belmont Stakes Secretariat may refer to: A racehorse who won the Triple Crown in 1973, see Secretariat (horse) In a Communist Party, a Secretariat is a key body that controls the central administration of the party, and if it is a ruling party, the country. ...


References

  • Cardello, Joe, Beyer, Andrew Speed to Spare: Beyer Speed Figures Uncovered (2003) DRF Press

 
 

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