Updated on 07/26/2016 2:01PM

Watchmaker Watch: Weekly divisional ratings


Updated: July 25, 2016. 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 Dirt Males

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1 – California Chrome,
by Lucky Pulpit
His battle with Dortmund was a great show
2 – Frosted,
by Tapit
Words just can't do his Met Mile romp justice 
3 – Melatonin,
by Kodiak Kowboy
His Big Cap-Gold Cup double is a nice one
4 – Dortmund (new),
by Big Brown
He'll do big things if he's able to stay healthy

5- Effinex (4),
by Mineshaft
8- Mubtaahij (7),
by Dubawi
6- Mshawish (5),
by Medaglia d'Oro
9- Stanford (8),
by Malibu Moon
7- Hoppertunity (6),
by Any Given Saturday
10- Majestic Harbor (9),
by Rockport Harbor

Older Dirt Females

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1 – Beholder,
by Henny Hughes
Toyed with Stellar Wind in her Vanity victory 
2 – Cavorting,
by Bernardini
Phipps win extended her current raging form
3 – Forever Unbridled,
by Unbridled's Song
Ran big to be second in Phipps after tough trip
4 – Curalina,
by Curlin
Maybe she regressed off her huge 2016 bow

5- Stellar Wind,
by Curlin
8- Taris,
by Flatter
6- Sheer Drama,
by Burning Roma
9- Tara's Tango,
by Unbridled's Song
7- Stopchargingmaria,
by Tale of the Cat
10- I'm a Chatterbox,
by Munnings

3-Year-Old Males 

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1 – Nyquist,
by Uncle Mo
Really looking forward to his return in the Haskell
2 – Exaggerator,
by Curlin
Getting unsettling vibes with Preakness winner
3 – Creator,
by Tapit
Belmont winner keeps improving race to race
4 – Mohaymen,
by Tapit
Anticipating a strong return in the Jim Dandy

5- Gun Runner,
by Candy Ride
8- Stradivari,
by Medaglia d'Oro
6- Destin,
by Giant's Causeway
9- Suddenbreakingnews,
by Mineshaft
7- Mor Spirit,
by Eskendereya
10- Cupid,
by Tapit

3-Year-Old Females

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1 – Songbird,
by Medaglia d'Oro
Tested for first time at Sar., brilliant AND tough
2 – Carina Mia,
by Malibu Moon
No match for top one, but still a fine filly
3 – Off the Tracks,
by Curlin
Impressed in powerful Mother Goose victory
4 – Cathryn Sophia,
by Street Boss
You'd think she's better than her Acorn suggests

5- Go Maggie Go,
by Ghostzapper
8- Weep No More,
by Mineshaft
6- Catch a Glimpse,
by City Zip
9- Lewis Bay,
by Bernardini
7- Landy Over Sea,
by Bellamy Road
10- Kareena,
by Medaglia d'Oro

Turf Males

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1 – Flintshire,
by Dansili
Looked every bit a division leader in 2016 bow 
2 – Ironicus,
by Distorted Humor
Fine second to top one, but now has a foot issue
3 – Big Blue Kitten,
by Kitten's Joy
Champ's efforts this year were only so-so
4 – Flamboyant,
by Peer Gynt
Should improve off sharp effort in U.S. return

5- Obviously,
by Choisir
8- World Approval,
by Northern Afleet
6- Divisidero,
by Kitten's Joy
9- What a View,
by Vronsky
7- Midnight Storm,
by Pioneerof the Nile
10- Heart to Heart,
by English Channel

Turf Females

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1 – Tepin,
by Bernstein
Her win at Royal Ascot certainly was historic 
2 – Miss Temple City,
by Temple City
Think she's at her best at a mile, but so is Tepin
3 – Sea Calisi,
by Youmzain
Bad trip when second in the New York Stakes 
4 – Dacita,
by Scat Daddy
Won Grade 1 Diana, yet is still underappreciated

5- Celestine,
by Scat Daddy
8- Lady Shipman (9),
by Midshipman
6- Catch a Glimpse,
by City Zip
9- Recepta (new)
by Speightstown
7- Illuminant,
by Quality Road
10- Olorda
by Lord of England


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1 – Masochistic,
by Sought After
Impressive comeback puts him right on top
2 – X Y Jet,
by Kantharos
Brutal beat in Dubai, chipped a knee, too
3 – Kobe's Back,
by Flatter
Had ridiculously wide trip in the Triple Bend
4 – Lord Nelson,
by Pulpit
Triple Bend winner is in career form this year

5- A.P. Indian,
by Indian Charlie
8- Wild Dude,
by Wildcat Heir
6- Marking,
by Bernardini
9- Subtle Indian,
by Indian Charlie
7- Private Zone,
by Macho Uno
10- Salutos Amigos,
by Salute the Sarge


ProXstream Gaming 1 days ago
Four races I can't wait to see next month......... Pacific Classic, Jim Dandy, Travers, and Alabama.  Also, what if Beholder and Songbird hook up later in the year ? My goodness.  
alex 20 hours ago
still think Songbird is trouble against east coast fillies? Dumba$$
ProXstream Gaming 7 days ago
Mike, is Run Happy retired or what ?   He's young and soooo fast, what the hell happened ?
Lori Dobis 8 days ago
Mike - I was wondering your thoughts on the lack of 'WOW' horses that have NY based trainers. Let's go thru the big ones of the last ten years...and none come from any NY barns...despite the fact that everyone agrees that NY racing is the best in the country. Here goes...Curlin, Rachal A, Zenyatta, Beholder, Wise Dan, Tepin, Songbird, Pharoah, Nyquist, Chrome. NY has one...maybe..Royal Delta....but it's been awhile since Ghostzapper.
Raymond Cromley 12 days ago
Indiana derby day has a great crd
ProXstream Gaming 15 days ago
I'll say it again...... Songbird is in trouble out east against those fillies.  Catch a Glimpse 6th is about right.  Those first 5 are older and monsters.  Mike will be happy to put Run Happy back up if he ever runs again. 
ken bau 20 days ago
where's run happy for the sprinters
Darlene Sanner 21 days ago
Catch A Glimpse should be higher than 8th She has already taken on and defeated males 
MollyJulia624 21 days ago
Songbird Is A Lock As Long As Mike Smith Does Not Blow It Like Zenyatta?
MollyJulia624 21 days ago
Exaggerator Loves The Slop = Pray For Rain At Santa Anita For The 2016 Breeders' Cup?
MollyJulia624 21 days ago
 Obviously Looks Like A Little Mike?