Mike Watchmaker

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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.
Sat Jun 7
2014
Mike Watchmaker
Categories: Belmont Stakes, Bayern, California Chrome, Palace Malice, Tonalist
[bc_video_id:326742:]Belmont Stakes Notes Even with the disappointment of the Triple Crown going unhit for another year, you have to offer kudos to Tonalist for delivering on the immense promise he had offered since early this year by winning the Belmont in determined fashion. A Belmont win is huge for any horse, and this is the biggest win so far for Tonalist’s trainer, Christophe Clement. Clement is so good that it’s surprising he doesn’t have many more victories of this magnitude.
Sun Jun 1
2014
Mike Watchmaker
Categories: Opinion Columns, Belmont Stakes, California Chrome
There was a palpable buzz in the air Saturday at Belmont Park, and it wasn’t entirely due to the Big Apple Showcase Day card for New York-breds. Maybe it was because of his big workout earlier in the morning, but California Chrome, and his attempt at a sweep of the Triple Crown in one week’s time, had as much of a presence Saturday at Belmont as Zivo and his chances to get up in the Commentator Stakes in the day’s actual feature. For the record, Zivo did get up.
Sun May 18
2014
Mike Watchmaker
Categories: Handicapping, Preakness
People in our game who ride the fence annoy me. Horse racing, and horse playing, requires opinion. I have a tough time mustering respect for people who either can’t, or are too afraid, to whittle a 10 horse field down to less than eight live contenders. Take a stand, for crying out loud. Folks who’ve been around racing for more than five minutes know exactly what I’m talking about.