Beyer Speed Figures

The Beyer Speed Figure is a rating assigned to every race 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. The average winning Beyer Speed Figure in the Kentucky Derby is 108. In this year's field, the only entrant with a Derby-worthy figure is Bodemeister, who earned a 108 while winning the Arkansas Derby in his most recent start. Until that performance, this had looked like a distinctly sub par crop of 3-year-olds. None of the other Derby starters has ever run a figure better than 102. Winning Derby figures since 1987:

Year Horse BSF
1987 Alysheba 104
1988 Winning Colors 113
1989 Sunday Silence 101
1990 Unbridled 116
1991 Strike the Gold 107
1992 Lil E. Tee 107
1993 Sea Hero 105
1994 Go for Gin 112
1995 Thunder Gulch 108
1996 Grindstone 112
1997 Silver Charm 115
1998 Real Quiet 107
1999 Charismatic 108
2000 Fusaichi Pegasus 108
2001 Monarchos 116
2002 War Emblem 114
2003 Funny Cide 108
2004 Smarty Jones 107
2005 Giacomo 100
2006 Barbaro 111
2007 Street Sense 111
2008 Big Brown 109
2009 Mine That Bird 105
2010 Super Saver 104
2011 Animal Kingdom 103

By Andrew Beyer - The Washington Post. Published May 2, 2012.