Mike Watchmaker

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Format: 2015-03-05
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.
Sun Feb 8
2015
Mike Watchmaker
Categories: Handicapping, Shared Belief
The only downside to fantastic racing days like Saturday is you wish there were more of them. Many more. But Saturday’s stakes action was so good that it left us with plenty to savor for a while. Here are a few morning-after thoughts on the big day:
Sun Feb 1
2015
Mike Watchmaker
Categories: Handicapping, Ocean Knight
Talking Kentucky Derby the last weekend of January is not dissimilar from putting up Christmas decorations before Halloween. Premature is the word that comes to mind. It’s so early that it’s hard to believe much of what you’re seeing now will have any real meaning come the first Saturday in May. But this is the way of American racing. And at least on Saturday, we saw two Derby aspirants in Ocean Knight and The Great War who are perfectly likable, even at this very early stage.
Sun Jan 18
2015
Mike Watchmaker
Categories: Handicapping, California Chrome
Given the finalists, I don’t think anyone could say there was even one mildly surprising winner in the 17 equine and human Eclipse Awards announced Saturday night. In a 2014 racing season that had some controversy – the running of the Breeders’ Cup Classic and PETA’s unfounded allegations against Steve Asmussen, to name two matters that immediately come to mind – it is almost a relief there were no controversial outcomes in these Eclipse Awards.