Mike Watchmaker

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Format: 2015-03-26
Sun Mar 22
2015
Mike Watchmaker
Categories: Handicapping, Dubai Sky
Allen Jerkens, the Hall of Fame trainer who died Wednesday, was a great man and a true racing legend. And those of us who had the highest respect for him, which are legion, know that every single accolade sent Jerkens’s way the last couple of days was thoroughly deserved. And there has been a flood of them. In fact, the outpouring of emotion from the racing community on Jerkens’s passing has been stunning to observe. I can’t say I recall anything quite like it.
Sun Mar 15
2015
Mike Watchmaker
Categories: Handicapping, American Pharoah
It speaks volumes to his brilliance that in this age of the Breeders’ Cup, American Pharoah managed to win the vote for last year’s champion 2-year-old male despite not having raced after Sept. 27. And it was a thrill to see American Pharoah successfully return Saturday from an injury-related absence in the Rebel Stakes at Oaklawn Park. But I think we need a small dose of realism here.
Sun Mar 8
2015
Mike Watchmaker
Categories: Handicapping, Shared Belief
When a horse catches a field over which he owns a massive edge, he is supposed to look good when he wins. Even though an amazing 12 lined up to face him, Shared Belief absolutely towered over his field in the Santa Anita Handicap in ways that words fall short of expressing, and he was supposed to crush that group. But what distinguished Shared Belief’s performance Saturday was the way he did what he was supposed to do.
Sun Feb 22
2015
Mike Watchmaker
Categories: Handicapping, Frosted, I'm a Chatterbox, Imperia, Itsaknockout, Upstart
It is often said in baseball, and in varying degrees other sports, that you know the umpires are doing a good job when you don’t even know they are there. The same should be true for stewards in our game.
Sun Feb 15
2015
Mike Watchmaker
Categories: Handicapping, California Chrome, Shared Belief
One thing I noticed in the aftermath of last week’s decisive score by Shared Belief over California Chrome in the San Antonio is there is a segment of the racing public that took the outcome of the San Antonio as proof that the Eclipse Award electorate got it wrong last December and that Shared Belief should have been Horse of the Year of 2014, not California Chrome.