Beyer Speed Figures
The Beyer Speed Figure is a rating assigned to every race run by every horse in the United States and is incorporated in the Daily Racing Form past performances. It takes into account the time of a horse's performance and the inherent speed of the racing surface. Figures can range from the upper-120s for superstars to single digits for thoroughbreds at the bottom of the class ladder.
I'll Have Another brings the best Beyer Speed Figure into the Belmont Stakes -- the 109 he earned in winning the Preakness. A performance that fast would have been good enough to win the Belmont in any of the last eight years.
The average winning figure for the last 10 runnings of the Belmont is 102; from 1992 through 2001, the average was 107. The decline is due in part to the sub-par 3-year-old crops in recent years, and also to the fact that fewer U.S. thoroughbreds possess pedigrees suited to the 1 1/2-mile distance.
|2011||Ruler On Ice||100|
|2007||Rags to Riches||107|
|1999||Lemon Drop Kid||109|
|1992||A. P. Indy||111|
By Andrew Beyer - The Washington Post. Published June 6, 2012.