Mike Watchmaker

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Format: 2014-09-02
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.
Sun Aug 3
2014
Mike Watchmaker
Categories: Opinion Columns, Palace Malice
It’s a fact of racing life that sometimes the big story coming out of a race is as much who lost as who won, and that was the case in the biggest race of the day Saturday, Saratoga’s Grade 1 Whitney Stakes.
Sun Jul 27
2014
Mike Watchmaker
Categories: Opinion Columns
Bayern capitalizes in Haskell Sunday’s Haskell Invitational at Monmouth Park was an excellent reminder that horses are rarely as good as they look when they win big and equally rarely as bad as they look when they lose ugly. This applies, in particular, to Haskell winner Bayern and to Untapable, the best 3-year-old filly in the country, who finished a soundly beaten fifth as the strong Haskell favorite.
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.