Updated on 04/24/2017 12:24PM

Watchmaker Watch: Weekly divisional ratings


Updated: April 24, 2017. Weekly Thoroughbred racing divisional ratings by Mike Watchmaker, national handicapper for Daily Racing Form. Horses must have at least one start in North America.

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Older Males

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1 – Arrogate,
by Unbridled's Song
Confirmed his greatness in amazing DWC victory
2 – Gun Runner,
by Candy Ride
No shame finishing second to top one in Dubai
3 – Shaman Ghost,
by Ghostzapper
Big Cap now on his list of wins in big-name races
4 – Midnight Storm,
by Pioneerof the Nile
Used his free pass in disappointing effort at OP

5- Melatonin,
by Kodiak Kowboy
8- Sharp Azteca (9),
by Freud
6- Hoppertunity,
by Any Given Saturday
9- Collected (new),
by City Zip
7- Mor Spirit,
by Eskendereya
10- Honorable Duty,
by Distorted Humor

Older Females

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1 – Songbird,
by Medaglia d'Oro
Nice to see this true star back on the work tab
2 – Stellar Wind,
by Curlin
Apple Blossom score was one she can build on
3 – Forever Unbridled,
by Unbridled's Song
Had ankle chip, still plans to race this season
4 – Vale Dori,
by Asiatic Boy
Her graded stakes win streak is now up to four

5- Finest City,
by City Zip
8- Paid Up Subscriber,
by Candy Ride
6- Carina Mia,
by Malibu Moon
9- I'm a Chatterbox,
by Munnings
7- Terra Promessa,
by Curlin
10- Unbridled Mo,
by Uncle Mo

3-Year-Old Males

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1 – Classic Empire,
by Pioneerof the Nile
Has license to improve on Ark. Derby; he'd better
2 – Irish War Cry,
by Curlin
Huge rebound in strong Wood Memorial victory
3 – Always Dreaming,
by Bodemeister
Ran to big workouts in big Florida Derby score
4 – McCraken,
by Ghostzapper
Must do better than his flat third in Blue Grass

5- Gunnevera,
by Dialed In
8- Gormley,
by Malibu Moon
6- Battalion Runner,
by Unbridled's Song
9- Battle of Midway,
by Smart Strike
7- Practical Joke,
by Into Mischief
10- Girvin,
by Tale of Ekati

3-Year-Old Females

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1 – Paradise Woods,
by Union Rags
Her SA Oaks was best race by a 3yo filly this year
2 – Unique Bella,
by Tapit
Brilliant filly is out of action due to a shin issue
3 – Abel Tasman,
by Quality Road
Too far back early in SA Oaks, didn't really matter
4 – Salty,
by Quality Road
Impressed in her dominating GP Oaks victory

5- Miss Sky Warrior,
by First Samurai
8- Union Strike,
by Union Rags
6- Farrell,
by Malibu Moon
9- La Coronel,
by Colonel John
7- Lady Aurelia,
by Scat Daddy
10- Sweet Loretta,
by Tapit

Turf Males

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1 – Almanaar,
by Dubawi
Won the GP Turf like he could be a major player
2 – Ectot,
by Hurricane Run
He and next two haven't worked in quite a while
3 – Annals of Time,
by Temple City
Just turned 4, lightly raced, and has bright future
4 – Obviously,
by Choisir
He is a 9yo now, but can still be very effective

5- Beach Patrol,
by Lemon Drop Kid
8- Sadler's Joy (9),
by Kitten's Joy
6- American Patriot (10),
by Vronsky
9- Itsinthepost (new),
by American Post
7- Bal a Bali (8),
by Put It Back
10- Wake Forest (7),
by Sir Percy

Turf Females

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1 – Lady Eli (2),
by Divine Park
Think she idled once she took the lead at Kee
2 – Miss Temple City (3),
by Temple City
Might benefit the most from Tepin's retirement
3 – Avenge (4),
by War Front
Improved sharply last year, working steadily
4 – Dickinson (5),
by Medaglia d'Oro
Edged top one in Jenny Wiley, in career form

5- Sea Calisi (6),
by Youmzain
8- Quidura (9),
by Dubawi
6- Dacita (7),
by Scat Daddy
9- Suffused (10),
by Champs Elysees
7- Celestine (8),
by Scat Daddy
10- Time and Motion (new),
by Tapit


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1 – Drefong,
by Gio Ponti
Male sprint champ eyeing summer/fall campaign
2 – Mind Your Biscuits,
by Posse
Was days the best in the Dubai Golden Shaheen
3 – Sharp Azteca,
by Freud
Ran winning race in defeat in Godolphin Mile
4 – Unified,
by Candy Ride
Didn't run his best race in narrow Carter loss

5- Whitmore,
by Pleasantly Perfect
8- St. Joe Bay,
by Saint Anddan
6- Masochistic,
by Sought After
9- Denman's Call,
by Northern Afleet
7- A. P. Indian,
by Indian Charlie
10- Green Gratto,
by Here's Zealous








CarloCampanella 4 days ago
Just about every comment on here is laughable- Girvin is NOT a top 10 3 year old and if you think he is you don't understand class. And, the Southwest Stakes ISN'T close to the "toughest" Derby prep this year (Lookin at Lee, Petrov, One Liner is NOT a high quality grade I field, sorry)
Dan Dunn 5 days ago
Has he ever won a National Handicapping Tournaments?    I am curious to know the answer to this too.
MR 5 days ago
LOL.  Keep the retarded comments coming.   
HyeInterista 5 days ago
The ignorance of the comments on this site baffle my mind...this is exactly what is wrong with America make your own choices and do your own handicapping. Go buy some books Ainsle's Guide to Thoroughbred racing...Beyer's Picking Winners...Brad Free's Handicapping 101....and Dave Liftin's Expert Handicapping...what a bunch of losers.
Mike M 5 days ago
So, Mike Watchmaker calls himself the DRF National Handicapper. 

So my big question for Mr Watchmaker is, What is your ROI (Return on Investment) for all your selections in this site?
For Example is your average bet is 2.00 to win, your average return is 0.00 WHAT ??

Also, if you are a National Handicapper,
What National Handicapping Tournaments have you WON?

I would like to make sure my money is save when following your selections in this site.

DMD DMD 5 days ago
Mike M, that sounds like a very good question to ask. I am also interested in hearing the answer to your question. Its a fair question to ask too.
Eric Boyle 11 days ago
I think Spectacular Bid should be top older male....Arrogate is good, but he's no Bid. I can't believe Watchmaker doesn't even have the Bid in his top 10! I mean, I know he's been retired for 37 years and dead for 24....but if the retired Tepin can still be ranked as Best Turf Female I don't see why Spectacular Bid can't be named Top Older Male. Or Seattle Slew, or Damascus.........
Darrell Peck 11 days ago
Wow Eric I hope you are trying to be funny.  Tepin just retired so she will come off the list.  Also Bid was no Arrogate.
Eric Boyle 11 days ago
It was a joke.
joseantoniocc 5 days ago
jajajajajaja you are right!!!!
Rael Sackey 19 days ago
Where are Send It In and Girvin?
Roger Jones 19 days ago
When he flat out misses a horse like he did in the Fla Derby with Always Dreaming he penalizes the horse on his watch list. To not have him on top is idiotic. What is he going to do when this horse runs 2:00 flat in the Kentucky Derby and wins by 10?
Thomas 19 days ago
3yo males ranked 1, 4, 7,8,9,10 have ZERO chance in derby? Where the hell is Girvin?  Is MW that lazy and poor a handicapper in his old age? Gormley at 10 just ran a 41 second final 3 furlongs to win by a nose in the slowest SA derby ever.   Practical Joke crawled home a dead tired horse and he's 9th, yet no Girvin anywhere?    Classic Empire 1 after a 12 length loss to Gunnevera?  With no speed in the Derby field,  it looks like war cry and always dreaming on easy lead with Girvin and Gunnevera closing the best.   That's it.  
jtcummerbund 19 days ago
Why wait to drop Mastery? Don't get it. It's the one division you have to be up to date on this time of year. 
jtcummerbund 19 days ago
Just plain lazy