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Format: 2015-01-30
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.
Sun Jan 11
2015
Mike Watchmaker
Categories: Opinion Columns, calculator
A good way to start a new year is with optimism, and two stakes performances Saturday – Lea winning the Hal’s Hope at Gulfstream and Calculator dominating the Sham at Santa Anita – gave us plenty of reason to look forward to the potential of the 2015 racing season.
Sun Dec 7
2014
Mike Watchmaker
Categories: Opinion Columns, California Chrome
This year’s 10 equine Eclipse Award divisions on the flat, as always, can be carved up into three categories: the slam dunks, the divisions you have to think about for more than five seconds but don’t really agonize over, and the tough calls. With the understanding that there are still four more Grade 1 events to be run before the end of the calendar year (the Starlet, Los Alamitos Futurity, Le Brea, and Malibu), it now seems safe to assign 2014’s flat equine divisions into our three categories. Here’s how I see it: The slam dunks
Sat Nov 1
2014
Mike Watchmaker
Categories: Opinion Columns, Breeders' Cup
Obviously, the Breeders’ Cup has a profound effect on Eclipse Award voting. And unfortunately, that will include this year’s controversial and terribly unsatisfying Breeders’ Cup Classic. Keeping in mind that no one should make his Eclipse decisions just a couple of hours after the Breeders’ Cup is over, let’s take a look at how things appear to stand as of now in each Eclipse Award division.
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?