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Format: 2014-10-23
Sun Oct 19
2014
Mike Watchmaker
Categories: Opinion Columns, Bayern
Breeders’ Cup pre-entries will be taken tomorrow (Monday) and will be announced Wednesday. And then, the serious Breeders’ Cup handicapping begins. But how can you handicap the Breeders’ Cup if you don’t know how the main track at Santa Anita will be playing?
Sun Oct 5
2014
Mike Watchmaker
Categories: Handicapping Columns, Wise Dan
I have said it before, and at the rate he’s going, I will say it again, probably a few times. Although greatness is very much in the eye of the beholder, what is indisputably great about Wise Dan is how he has operated at a very high level for an extended period of time.
Sun Sep 28
2014
Mike Watchmaker
Categories: Handicapping Columns, Shared Belief
Unless you are Victor Espinoza himself, it is impossible to know for certain if his tactics on Sky Kingdom in Saturday’s Awesome Again at Santa Anita, carrying heavily favored Shared Belief ridiculously wide on the first turn and down the backstretch, were 100 percent intentional. But there was motive for intent.
Sun Sep 21
2014
Mike Watchmaker
Categories: Handicapping Columns, Bayern
Bayern is becoming a polarizing horse. There are those who feel he is enormously talented, a borderline freak. And there are others who feel he is a mirage, a pure function of favorable track biases.
Mon Sep 15
2014
Mike Watchmaker
Categories: Headlines, California Chrome, Untapable
September racing takes a serious turn Saturday with strong editions of the $1 million Pennsylvania Derby and the $1 million Cotillion Stakes at Parx Racing. You can debate until you’re blue in the face whether 3-year-olds should be facing older opponents in premier stakes races after Labor Day (personally, I think it’s a tradition well worth bringing back into fashion). But you can’t argue how, in a few short years, Parx has managed to leverage its big 3-year-old races into one of September’s biggest racing days.