These runners have the highest speed figures in January

These runners have the highest speed figures in January
Photo: Casey Phillips/Eclipse Sportswire

With two racing weekends in the books, the fastest runner so far this year is one you might have missed.

Sir Alfred James, a 6-year-old gelded son of Munnings, earned a 103 Beyer Speed Figure on New Year's Day in the black-type Holiday Cheer Stakes at Turfway Park, according to the Daily Racing Form. Trained by Norman Cash, he covered the six furlongs in 1:08.53 to win by 6 1/4 lengths. It was the only performance to earn a triple-digit Beyer so far this year.

One horse has earned an 98 Beyer this year: Strong Tide for his 2 3/4-length win in an allowance optional claiming race at Oaklawn Park on Sunday. The 5-year-old son of English Channel set a track record by going 1 1/16 miles in 1:56.33.

And one horse got a 97 Beyer: Sir Smack, a 6-year-old son of Successful Appeal, went 6 1/2 furlongs in 1:18.86 last Wednesday in a Delta Downs starter allowance to win by 10 1/2 lengths.

Among new 3-year-olds, the highest Beyers so far, 92, went to two runners at Santa Anita over the weekend: Adare Manor, a filly who broke her maiden by going one mile in 1:36.66 to win by 12 lengths on Friday, and Under the Stars, another filly and the winner of Saturday's Santa Ynez (G2), covering the seven furlongs in 1:22.51. She also earned a 98 Brisnet Speed Rating for her effort.

The highest Brisnet Speed Rating – and the only triple-digit rating – so far this year was 104 for As Time Goes By, the 13 1/2-length winner of the La Cañada. The 5-year-old mare, trained by Bob Baffert, covered the 1 1/16 miles in 1:44.31. She earned a 96 Beyer for that trip.

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