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Watchmaker Watch: Weekly divisional ratings


Updated: July 27, 2015. 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 – Shared Belief,
by Candy Ride
Out for year; still hasn't been overtaken here
2 – California Chrome,
by Lucky Pulpit
It's great to hear he will race again in 2016
3 – Honor Code,
by A.P. Indy
Whitney may answer if he's a one-turn horse
4 – Tonalist,
by Tapit
Moved too soon in Suburban, but lost again

5- Constitution,
by Tapit
8- Hard Aces,
by Hard Spun
6- Lea,
by First Samurai
9- Catch a Flight (new),
by Giant's Causeway
7- Noble Bird,
by Birdstone
10- Hoppertunity (9),
by Any Given Saturday

Older Dirt Females

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1 – Beholder,
by Henny Hughes
Poised to have a dominant second half of year
2 – Warren's Veneda,
by Affirmative
No surprise she failed sprinting at this point
3 – Wedding Toast,
by Street Sense
Announced her emergence in her Phipps win
4 – Untapable,
by Tapit
Doesn't seem like the filly she was a year ago

5- Stopchargingmaria,
by Tale of the Cat
8- Sheer Drama,
by Burning Roma
6- Don't Tell Sophia,
by Congaree
9- Frivolous,
by Empire Maker
7- Molly Morgan,
by Ghostzapper
10- Judy the Beauty,
by Ghostzapper

3-Year-Old Males

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1 – American Pharoah,
by Pioneerof the Nile
Eager to see his performance in the Haskell
2 – Dortmund,
by Big Brown
We know he's much better than his Preakness
3 – Firing Line,
by Line of David
Derby runner-up is out until next season
4 – Frosted,
by Tapit
Will be tested in a deep, tough Jim Dandy

5- Materiality,
by Afleet Alex
8- Speightster,
by Speightstown
6- Carpe Diem,
by Giant's Causeway
9- Texas Red,
by Afleet Alex
7- Upstart,
by Flatter
10- Gimme Da Lute,
by Midnight Lute

3-Year-Old Females

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1 – Lady Eli,
by Divine Park
Fingers remain crossed for this immense talent
2 – Lovely Maria,
by Majesticperfection
Was bad at Delaware; that's her one mulligan
3 – Curalina (5),
by Curlin
Properly placed first on DQ in the CCA Oaks
4 – I'm a Chatterbox (3),
by Munnings
Tough to be DQ'd in a race like the CCA Oaks

5- Stellar Wind (4),
by Curlin
8- Birdatthewire (7),
by Summer Bird
6- Take Charge Brandi,
by Giant's Causeway
9- Spanish Queen (8),
by Tribal Rule
7- Include Betty (9),
by Include
10- Fantastic Style,
by Harlan's Holiday

Turf Males

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1 – Main Sequence,
by Aldebaran
Tendon injury unfortunately forced retirement
2 – Wise Dan,
by Wiseman’s Ferry
Had first work back; eyeing late-summer return
3 – Big Blue Kitten,
by Kitten's Joy
How about this: He's earned over $2 million
4 – Slumber,
by Cacique
Does seem to have improved with blinkers on

5- Twilight Eclipse,
by Purim
8- Ashleyluvssugar,
by Game Plan
6- Imagining,
by Giant's Causeway
9- Talco,
by Pivotal
7- Finnegans Wake,
by Powerscourt
10- Gabriel Charles,
by Street Hero

Turf Females

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1 – Hard Not to Like (4),
by Hard Spun
Earned this off her Diana, Gamely victories
2 – Tepin (3),
by Bernstein
Diana photo cost her the top position here
3 – Kitten's Queen (new),
by Kitten's Joy
A rabbit who has delivered two strong races
4 – Stephanie's Kitten (2),
by Kitten's Joy
Two straight poor efforts by her standards

5- Ball Dancing,
by Exchange Rate
8- Fanticola (9),
by Silent Name
6- Filimbi,
by Mizzen Mast
9- Coffee Clique (10),
by Medaglia d'Oro
7- Discreet Marq (8),
by Discreet Cat
10- My Miss Sophia (new),
by Unbridled's Song


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1 – Rock Fall,
by Speightstown
Smile result flattered the True North winner
2 – Masochistic,
by Sought After
He's much better than his Crosby suggests
3 – Secret Circle,
by Eddington
Did America proud with his Dubai victory
4 – Private Zone,
by Macho Uno
He just gets the job done going 6 to 7 furlongs

5- Honor Code,
by A.P. Indy
8- Dads Caps,
by Discreet Cat
6- Work All Week,
by City Zip
9- Wild Dude (new),
by Wildcat Heir
7- Salutos Amigos,
by Salute the Sarge
10- A. P. Indian (9),
by Indian Charlie


JIM TURANO 4 days ago
Hi. Can anyone including Watchmaker explain to me why Javier Castelano has only 5 wins to date at the meet? Is this just bad luck, or the Agents fault, or combination of both.
Frank Reach 3 days ago
Since know one else has answered your question, I can't help myself but simply say.....you're kidding right? First off....it's horse racing. Meaning it's always the horse that does the running. Yes, in my opinion Javier is the best Jock in the land....but, he can't outrun anybody. All he can do is the best he can to get his mounts home.......and, in my opinion he is the best......however...it's always the horse. Some would say...he wins at 23% for example......well....that means he loses 77%....in the long run of course. Because folks who can't handicap very well.....tend to overbet him....so, mostly it's best to bet the horse. I can tell you this...if you worry less about Javier himself winning races and look at more of what's going to happen in TODAYS race in present time, you'll increase your ROI. Having said all that....I'm sure Javier and his agent will get on a roll soon. However, I can tell you....if you get caught betting on him too much your ROI for sure will go down. He's like Russell Baze up in NoCal.....if he find you are betting him too much....that is a sure way to the poor house.
john g 17 days ago
Tell me one other newspaper or magazine in the country where you could spend, lets say, $250 or more per year, and still get charged to read their regular articles? With most major newspapers struggling to stay afloat, when you can click your mouse and read the news free, but even certain sports magazines can be bought much cheaper with a yearly subscription than DRF plus. I agree that DRF needed to make changes, but they went from one extreme ( free to everybody, even if you never buy anything all year), to ridiculous charges to read 99% of their articles( even if you spend $250 buying their other products). Overreacted badly and gouged good customers.
Larry Kaufman 24 days ago
big blue kitten 4th, you must put a lot of thought into your list maybe 5 seconds. main sequence ran 2 bad races, wise dan hasn't run this year and california chrome hasn't run on turf in a year how do you put any of them in front of big blue kitten
john flumach 26 days ago
Horse of the year is Lady Eli, in my opinion. In both Grade 1 wins the time was 2 seconds faster than the male division race each day. Would love to see ownership consider cross enter of Lady Eli in three Breeder cup races, including the Classic . She has no peers on the grass. Why not spice up the Classic? Would also get weight break. John F
Ed Alancias 25 days ago
With the first Triple Crown winner in 37 years you want a 3 year old turf filly to be Horse of the Year? You can't be serious. And on top of that you want to run her against all the big boys in The Classic. I'm certainly glad you have no say so in that matter.
Stephen 25 days ago
first triple crown winner in 37 years will be HOY. Not even close. She IS special. Unfortunately, so is AP.
Greg Hruska 14 days ago
American Pharoh is horse of the year, Lady Eli is Female horse of the year. Just looking at these lists though, it is very sad that horses that are out, or retired are still at the top of the list. Other then the mentioned 2, there are no superstars out there. Eclipse voting will be so easy this year for the top spots.
pvdoz 27 days ago
Depending on what happens this summer,it looks like there are some decsions to be made for Lady Eli...will it be the BC filly and mare turf? will it be the BC TURF on the saturday? Or,given recent successes,The Arc? Maybe 2016 for that one.
Richard Guida 27 days ago
Three yr. old fillies have had more than a little success in the ARC, and Lady Eli certainly could be in their league; however (besides the transatlantic shift), there's one big problem in this year's race....GOLDEN HORN.
Gary Smith 3 months ago
After her breathtaking performance in the Gr1 Mother Goose ,joining past winners like Ruffian,Rachel Alexandra ,Davona Dale,Untapable,Close Hatches,Serenas Song,Go For Wand,etc...A bad ride in the Oaks,2nd in The Black Eyed Susan,with absolutely no pace to run at ,you think that Include Betty s the 10th best 3year old filly?
john g 3 months ago
Watchmaker, do you know where any other top 3 and 4 yr old's are being pointed to? Dortmund, Firing Line, Frosted, Tonalist, etc.. ? It would be a great race if they, and Shared Beleif , Chrome, Pharoah all run in the BC Classic. How about an update? It's not like you guys got anything else to do.
Ann Maree 3 months ago
Unless you are a member now at DRF, I haven't seen any of Watchmaker's columns. He could be writing on the moon for all we know.
Ron DeNorscio 3 months ago
I think Frosted should be ahead of Firing Line. FL hasn't won anything higher than a grade 3!
saratogajunkie 3 months ago
My feelings for older dirt female...if there were a 1 mile dirt race (or less) next week...Judy would be the favorite
Jimmy Turano 3 months ago
Mike Watchmaker-June 23, 2015 Hi, I see that you do not have under 3 year old males, TEXAS RED. I know he was sidelined, but has been training well and scheduled to rung in 2 weeks, on 4th of July. This horse has become the Dangerfield horse, No Respect! He may depending on his return performance run in the Travers Stakes race in August at Saratoga. More than potential, and any racing fan would enjoy how he runs, or like in the Breeders Cup run down horses like FOREGO used to do years ago.