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Sat Aug 29
2015
Mike Watchmaker
Categories: Handicapping, American Pharoah, Keen Ice
They all get beat. Secretariat got beat. Citation got beat. Man o’ War got beat. You stick around long enough and take enough chances, and you will lose eventually, no matter how great you are. And it happened Saturday to Triple Crown winner American Pharoah in the Travers, getting run down late by Keen Ice, a colt American Pharoah humiliated just four weeks ago when he won the Haskell.
Sun Jul 26
2015
Mike Watchmaker
Categories: Opinion Columns, Hard Not to Like, Stephanie's Kitten
It’s only human nature to want satisfying resolutions, but things don’t always work out that way, as we saw in Saturday’s three big stakes events. Unfortunately, there wasn’t a thoroughly satisfying result in the bunch.
Sat May 16
2015
Mike Watchmaker
Categories: Opinion Columns, Preakness, American Pharoah
BALTIMORE – I don’t know how fast American Pharoah’s Preakness score will come up on Beyer Speed Figures. As a believer and maker of my own figures for almost four decades, it surprises even me to say that I don’t care. That Preakness, for me, was the best race American Pharoah has ever run. By far. I’ve had my reservations about him, about his perfect trips and all that. But not anymore.
Sun Apr 12
2015
Mike Watchmaker
Categories: Handicapping, American Pharoah, Dortmund
On Saturday night, I posted the following on Twitter: “This is how I see Baffert’s hand: American Pharoah is kinda like Seattle Slew, Dortmund is kinda reminiscent of Affirmed. Powerful stuff.” If you’re familiar with me, you know I throw plaudits around like sewer covers. I think the term “great” is grossly overused in our game. But sometimes the spirit moves you, and I said what I said in that Twitter post because I meant it.
Sun Apr 5
2015
Mike Watchmaker
Categories: Handicapping, Kentucky Derby, Carpe Diem, Dortmund, Frosted
If you’re looking to exploit flaws in the winning performances in Saturday’s three big Kentucky Derby preps, you’re time is probably better spent looking elsewhere.