Updated on 06/27/2016 11:02AM

Watchmaker Watch: Weekly divisional ratings


Updated: June 27, 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 Dubai World Cup was his best race yet
2 – Frosted,
by Tapit
Words just can't do his Met Mile romp justice 
3 – Melatonin (4),
by Kodiak Kowboy
His Big Cap-Gold Cup double is a nice one
4 – Effinex (3),
by Mineshaft
Uses his mulligan for his flop in the Foster

5- Mshawish,
by Medaglia d'Oro
8- Stanford,
by Malibu Moon
6- Hoppertunity,
by Any Given Saturday
9- Majestic Harbor,
by Rockport Harbor
7- Eagle,
by Candy Ride
10- Bradester,
by Lion Heart

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 extened her current raging form
3 – Forever Unbridled,
by Unbridled's Song
Ran big to be 2nd in Phipps after tough trip
4 – Curalina,
by Curlin
Maybe she regressed off her huge 2016 debut

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
Division still goes through the Derby winner
2 – Exaggerator,
by Curlin
Must show he's not pace and surface dependent
3 – Creator,
by Tapit
Belmont winner keeps improving from race to race
4 – Mohaymen,
by Tapit
His fourth in the Derby was a good performance

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- Cherry Wine,
by Paddy O'Prado

3-Year-Old Females

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1 – Songbird,
by Medaglia d'Oro
Awesome again in her return, comes east now
2 – Carina Mia,
by Malibu Moon
Acorn win proves she's a player at the top here
3 – Cathryn Sophia,
by Street Boss
You know she's better than her Acorn suggests
4 – Go Maggie Go,
by Ghostzapper
She also didn't fire her best shot in the Acorn

5- Land Over Sea,
by Bellamy Road
8- Off The Tracks,
by Curlin
6- Weep No More,
by Mineshaft
9- Rachel's Valentina,
by Bernardini
7- Catch a Glimpse,
by City Zip
10- Kareena,
by Medaglia d'Oro

Turf Males

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1 – Flintshire,
by Dansili
Looking every bit a division leader in 2016 debut 
2 – Ironicus,
by Distorted Humor
A big second to top one despite troubled trip
3 – Big Blue Kitten,
by Kitten's Joy
Champs efforts this year were only so-so
4 – Flamboyant,
by Peer Gynt
Very good early in the year, close to return

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

Turf Females

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1 – Tepin,
by Bernstein
Her win at Royal Ascot was certainly historic 
2 – Miss Temple City,
by Temple City
Loss at Royal Ascot doesn't change her ranking
3 – Sea Calisi,
by Youmzain
Bad trip when second in the New York Stakes 
4 – Dacita,
by Scat Daddy
New York Stakes win signaled a return to form

5- Celestine,
by Scat Daddy
8- Wekeela,
by Hurricane Run
6- Lady Shipman,
by Midshipman
9- Olorda,
by Lord of England
7- Illuminant,
by Quality Road
10- Sentiero Italia,
by Medaglia d'Oro


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1 – Private Zone,
by Macho Uno
Absurd he couldn't compete in the True North
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 (new),
by Pulpit
Triple Bend winner is in career form

5- Marking (4),
by Bernardini
8- Salutos Amigos (5),
by Salute the Sarge
6- Wild Dude (7),
by Wildcat Heir
9- Calculator (6),
by In Summation
7- Subtle Indian (8),
by Indian Charlie
10- Joking (9),
by Distorted Humor


RaceTote less than 1 minute ago
Sorry, I meant Tepin
RaceTote less than 1 minute ago
Gotta love Frosted, Tapin, Melatonin and Chrome. I'm waiting Patiently for Nyquist's next big challenge. I'm expecting a good performance from Mohaymen in the Jim Dandy. 
RaceTote less than 1 minute ago
As to the "Triple Bend," and the disappointing Kobe's Back performance, Mike hit the nail on the head. Gary used up too much ground. Maybe, if he had a little more room coming down the stretch. 
JDS0810 1 days ago

Hoppertunity?  Pffffffffft....dull effort off a long layoff and he's ur sixth best older horse? 

Win the Space deserves that spot after that fantastic effort in the Gold Cup

ProXstream Gaming 1 days ago
They're talking about a possible Pacific Classic with Chrome, Melatonin, and Beholder, etc.....my goodness !   Here's your ML......Chrome 9/5, Beholder 5/2,  Melatonin 4/1.  They all have pretty much the same running style,  so the joxkey tactics should be very interesting.  Hopefully everyone stays healthy !
noocheroni 15 days ago
Travers Winner 2016: Governor Malibu {without  Rosario}
Mark Kennedy 15 days ago
Interesting you would make that comment about Exagerator and then praise Creator who is pace driven.   
Joel Firsching 15 days ago
Time to thank the lani connections.  We dont get to see grade 1 horses from japan very often.  A horse with sunday silence breeding.  And a non lasix user in all three legs of the triple crown.  He continued to improve.
ProXstream Gaming 15 days ago
Tonalist ( Tapit ) won the Belmont.  A.P. Indy bloodline.  I'm not worried for Frosted at 1 1/4.  Throw out Dubai.  He was wide and hated it there.  He just needs proper training and a good rider......which he'll get.   
Cheryl Kleist 15 days ago
Really?? The Place horse in the Preakness, Cherry  Wine, two slots behind Stradivari?
Vic Colson 15 days ago
How did they do in the Belmont?