Mike Watchmaker

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Format: 2014-07-22
Sat Jul 19
2014
Mike Watchmaker
Categories: Opinion Columns
If you were to tell me before Saturday’s Diana Stakes that, after a clean break, Alterite and Tannery would be ahead of Somali Lemonade around the first turn, or that Strathnaver would be only a half-length behind Somali Lemonade at that same point, then I would have told you not to take the brown acid. I’m sorry to have such a visceral reaction, but the Diana was a great Grade 1 event on paper – a race approaching Breeders’ Cup levels – and it’s a bit tough to see it run in such weird fashion, because it deserved better.
Sun Jul 6
2014
Mike Watchmaker
Categories: Opinion Columns, Shared Belief
Shared Belief’s dominating victory in the Los Alamitos Derby got a couple of small housekeeping issues out of the way. The race was Shared Belief’s first score on a conventional dirt surface and first win going as far as 1 1/8 miles. But let’s not kid ourselves. Not many, if any of us, entertained any serious concerns that the undefeated and untested champion 2-year-old male of 2013 would be undone by such trivial circumstances.
Sun Jun 29
2014
Mike Watchmaker
Categories: Opinion Columns, Untapable
** I’m not going to get too hung up on Untapable receiving a pedestrian Beyer Speed Figure of only 94 for winning the Mother Goose at Belmont. I mean, how many more lengths did you want her to win by for her to post a faster final time? Wasn’t winning by 9 1/4 lengths enough? And I’m not going to make that big of a deal over the fact that behind Untapable, the 3-year-old filly division this year remains a hungry one. That isn’t Untapable’s fault.
Mon Jun 23
2014
Mike Watchmaker
Probably the best thing about cutting my teeth on New England racing in the late 1960’s and early 1970’s was that if you had the will and a set of wheels, you had access to day and night Thoroughbred racing just about all year long.
Sun Jun 15
2014
Mike Watchmaker
Categories: Opinion Columns, California Chrome
The Belmont Stakes has, for me, always been the demarcation line between the first and second half of the racing season. So with the Belmont Stakes still an object closer than it might appear in my rearview mirror, here are my totally unofficial, mid-season championships. As an aside, I’m surprised how many divisions really seem like total no brainers.