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Who's fastest? Comparing Preakness horses' speed figures

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Speed figures and ratings have become a handicapping staple in recent years, attempting to label how horses that have covered various distances and at differing class levels equate when brought together. They are, in essence, a measure of how fast a horse has run, but not how fast he could run.

Before the Kentucky Derby we performed a similar exercise, comparing speed figures of all 20 contenders from the major players: Beyer, Brisnet and TimeformUS.

Justify's numbers stuck out, and he backed them up with a win. However, the runner-up, Good Magic, offered significantly lower speed figures coming into the Derby than a number of rivals he beat.

So this is not fool proof, but the numbers are worth knowing. Here's another go at it featuring 2018 Preakness Stakes contenders.


Beyer Speed Figures
 
 Horse Last Start Two Back Three Back
 Bravazo 91 64 93
 Diamond King 84 82 79
 Good Magic 99 95 89
 Justify 103 107 101
 Lone Sailor 89 95 78
 Quip 92 94 68
 Sporting Chance 77 91 89
 Tenfold 92 86 87

Brisnet Speed Ratings

 
 Horse Last Start Two Back Three Back
 Bravazo 93 76 98
 Diamond King 95 93 91
 Good Magic 99 98 99
 Justify 102 114 104
 Lone Sailor 92 100 83
 Quip 95 98 84
 Sporting Chance 79 95 93
 Tenfold 94 93 92

TimeformUS Speed Figures

 
 Horse Last Start Two Back Three Back
 Bravazo 117 94 110
 Diamond King 108 108 113
 Good Magic 124 121 113
 Justify 127 131 122
 Lone Sailor 115 113 96
 Quip 111 111 95
 Sporting Chance 105 117 111
 Tenfold 108 111 108

 

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