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Updated on 12/02/2013 9:49AM
Watchmaker Watch: Weekly divisional ratings
Updated: December 2, 2013. 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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PS: Add the inclusion of Wise Dan in the "Older Male" list to my complaint. His division isn't "Older Male" but instead "Turf Male." Very frustrating. The biggest and most important divisions in racing have been twisted in the past couple of years to include synthetic and turf horses, and it's wrong. Turf horses have their divisions. Just what do you figure the divisional names are for the two most important and prestigeous divisions in racing?
Love the comment about Dank: "Turf specialist but the division lacks depth." So perhaps you can add a dirt horse to a turf division that lacks depth? What's so difficult to understand about there being actual divisions and the horses should meet the surface and/or distance and/or age restrictions of those divisions? The older female and male awards are for the two biggest divisions in racing -- dirt routing. The turf females and males have their divisions -- they're called the turf male and turf female divisions.
If WTC can beat GOD this weekend in the Clark, that will seal the deal for 3YO champ. What if GOD wins? He still has no shot at HOY, right?
Horses are ranked by what they have done In 2013 up to the date of rankings,not what they will do in the future.what don't you get?example:if affirmed died in June of his triple crown year would be not be ranked number 1? Come my friend think about it.
I think Shared Belief, even at a distance, may be better than you give him credit for. Did you see his two races? He certainly has the breeding to go a little longer. Incidentally, Mike,why haven't you been bragging more about your "speed holding" at Santa Anita article, which was later totally confirmed in the Breeders' Cup races,
Why does he put on horses that have retired or died? I have never figured that out.
Don't make a mistake and not consider 2yo colt "Coup de Grace", just broke maiden, son of Tapit.
Nice Typo on Princess of Sylmar. Tood a risk. Don't you mean took? And D and K are nowhere near each other on the keyboard so there is NO excuse for such a typo
The two year olds might not look very flashy this year. But at least they don't have a bunch of sprint/ miler sires. Might actually move forward as 3 year olds and we could have an exciting year ahead.
Whats up with Cleburne?
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