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Format: 2014-09-21
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.
Sun Sep 7
2014
Mike Watchmaker
Categories: Handicapping Columns, Vicar's in Trouble
It is understood that one of the reasons why the Breeders’ Cup hasn’t been at Belmont Park since 2005 was uncertainty over the status of the New York Racing Association, uncertainty that led to a state takeover of the NYRA that is supposed to conclude in the fall of next year. And recently, lack of interest on management’s part is another reason why there is no Breeders’ Cup at Belmont.
Sat Aug 23
2014
Mike Watchmaker
Categories: Opinion Columns, Tonalist, v. e. day, wicked strong
Sometimes you have to do a reality check and remember that this game is contested by flesh and blood creatures, ridden by human beings, who sometimes affect strategy that makes a committed horseplayer scream, “W(hiskey) T(ango) F(oxtrot).”
Sun Aug 17
2014
Mike Watchmaker
Categories: Opinion Columns, Hardest Core
Saturday was a reminder that running big races doesn’t guarantee big-time performances or satisfying results.