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Format: 2015-04-27
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.
Sun Mar 29
2015
Mike Watchmaker
Categories: Handicapping, California Chrome
So much happened on Saturday that’s it’s difficult to know where to start. But let’s start with the news Sunday morning that California Chrome, our Horse of the Year of 2014 and a fine second Saturday in the Dubai World Cup, will not come home, at least not right away. California Chrome will instead go to England, train at Newmarket, and point to a race at Royal Ascot, with the likely suspect being the Prince of Wales’s Stakes on June 17.
Sun Mar 22
2015
Mike Watchmaker
Categories: Handicapping, Dubai Sky
Allen Jerkens, the Hall of Fame trainer who died Wednesday, was a great man and a true racing legend. And those of us who had the highest respect for him, which are legion, know that every single accolade sent Jerkens’s way the last couple of days was thoroughly deserved. And there has been a flood of them. In fact, the outpouring of emotion from the racing community on Jerkens’s passing has been stunning to observe. I can’t say I recall anything quite like it.
Sun Mar 15
2015
Mike Watchmaker
Categories: Handicapping, American Pharoah
It speaks volumes to his brilliance that in this age of the Breeders’ Cup, American Pharoah managed to win the vote for last year’s champion 2-year-old male despite not having raced after Sept. 27. And it was a thrill to see American Pharoah successfully return Saturday from an injury-related absence in the Rebel Stakes at Oaklawn Park. But I think we need a small dose of realism here.