Updated on 10/21/2014 9:46AM

Watchmaker Watch: Weekly divisional ratings


Updated: October 20, 2014. 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 – Palace Malice,
by Curlin
Retired, but then only maybe? Wait and see
2 – Wise Dan,
by Wiseman’s Ferry
Ankle injury will keep champ out of the BC
3 – Lea,
by First Samurai
Finally returned to the workout tab recently
4 – Zivo,
by True Direction
Think he's the best active older dirt male now

5- Moreno,
by Ghostzapper
8- Moonshine Mullin,
by Albert the Great
6- Itsmyluckyday,
by Lawyer Ron
9- Will Take Charge,
by Unbridled’s Song
7- Game On Dude,
by Awesome Again
10- Cigar Street,
by Street Sense

Older Females

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1 – Close Hatches,
by First Defence
Used her one free pass in her Spinster loss
2 – Beholder,
by Henry Hughes
Two-time champ got sick, will miss Br. Cup
3 – Princess of Sylmar,
by Majestic Warrior
Timely retirement; was absolutely top class
4 – Don't Tell Sophia,
by Congaree
Spinster winner is currently better than ever

5- Midnight Lucky,
by Midnight Lute
8- Belle Gallantey,
by After Market
6- Iotapa,
by Afleet Alex
9- Let Faith Arise,
by Kafwain
7- Antipathy,
by A.P. Indy
10- Broken Sword,
by Broken Vow

3-Year-Old Males

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1 – Shared Belief,
by Candy Ride
Has courage to go along with his brilliance
2 – California Chrome,
by Lucky Pulpit
Certainly earned a pass for one dud outing
3 – Tonalist,
by Tapit
That was what was expected in the Travers
4 – Wicked Strong,
by Hard Spun
Just never had a chance in the JC Gold Cup

5- V. E. Day,
by English Channel
8- Tapiture,
by Tapit
6- Bayern,
by Offlee Wild
9- Toast of New York,
by Thewayyouare
7- Danza,
by Street Boss
10- Constitution,
by Tapit

3-Year-Old Females

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1 – Untapable,
by Tapit
Beat the bias, got job done in the Cotillion
2 – Stopchargingmaria,
by Tale of the Cat
Pace compromised, distant 2nd in Beldame
3 – Sweet Reason,
by Street Sense
Finally delivered a high-quality route effort
4 – Artemis Agrotera,
by Roman Ruler
Exciting Gallant Bloom win but lagged early

5- Euro Charline (new),
by Myboycharlie
8- Taris (new),
by Flatter
6- Stonetastic (5),
by Mizzen Mast
9- Unbridled Forever (7),
by Unbridled's Song
7- My Miss Sophia (6),
by Unbridled's Song
10- Fiftyshadesofgold (8),
by My Golden Song

2-Year-Old males

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1 – American Pharoah,
by Pioneerof the Nile
Very impressive winning the FrontRunner
2 – Daredevil,
by More Than Ready
Champagne winner said to be OK on fast, too
3 – Carpe Diem,
by Giant's Causeway
Will get even better as the distances increase
4 – Competitive Edge,
by Super Saver
Hopeful winner sidelined with a minor issue

5- Blofeld,
by Quality Road
8- Om,
by Munnings
6- Upstart,
by Flatter
9- Calculator,
by In Summation
7- Souper Colossal,
by War Front
10- El Kabeir,
by Scat Daddy

2 Year-Old Females

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1 – Sunset Glow,
by Exchange Rate
Won the division's two big Del Mar stakes
2 – Angela Renee,
by Bernardini
Raised her game in her first two-turn start
3 – Peace and War,
by War Front
Alcibiades winner injured, out of Br. Cup
4 – Cavorting,
by Bernardini
Her Frizette was too bad to be believed

5- Her Emmynency,
by Successful Appeal
8- Top Decile,
by Congratsl
6- Condo Commando,
by Tiz Wonderful
9- By the Moon,
by Indian Charlie
7- Conquest Eclipse,
by Malibu Moon
10- Wonder Gal,
by Tiz Wonderful

Turf Males

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1 – Main Sequence,
by Aldebaran
Earned this with three straight Gr. 1 wins
2 – Wise Dan,
by Wiseman's Ferry
Ankle injury will keep champ out of the BC
3 – Seek Again,
by Speightstown
Troubled trip when behind 'Dan' in Shadwell
4 – Tom's Tribute,
by Lion Heart
SoCal's top miler passed on a final BC prep

5- Imagining,
by Giant’s Causeway
8- Magician,
by Galileo
6- Obviously,
by Choisir
9- Twilight Eclipse (9),
by Purim
7- Hardest Core,
by Hard Spun
10- Hillstar (new),
by Danehill Dancer

Turf Females

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1 – Euro Charline,
by Myboycharlie
Injured, but flattered by E.P. Taylor result
2 – Stephanie's Kitten,
by Kitten's Joy
Flower Bowl winner retains her sharp form
3 – Riposte,
by Dansili
Strong earlier in year, but missing since July
4 – Coffee Clique,
by Medaglia d’Oro
Won a key Just a Game; also missing in action

5- Somali Lemonade,
by Lemon Drop Kid
8- Just The Judge,
by Lawman
6- Abaco,
by Giant's Causeway
9- Emollient,
by Empire Maker
7- Dayatthespa,
by City Zip
10- Miss Serendipity,
by Not For Sale


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1 – Palace,
by City Zip
Uses his mulligan for flat third in Vosburgh
2 – Secret Circle,
by Eddington
Was in need of return, should improve in BC
3 – Goldencents,
by Into Mischief
Pulled up on lead in his last; Dirt Mile-bound
4 – Rich Tapestry,
by Holy Roman Emperor
Asian shipper ran big off long layoff at SA

5- Private Zone,
by Macho Uno
8- Clearly Now,
by Horse Greeley
6- Big Macher,
by Beau Genius
9- Central Banker,
by Speightstown
7- Wild Dude,
by Wildcat Heir
10- Dads Caps,
by Discreet Cat


Pagani Zonda 1 days ago
Why can't a mile division for Dirt and turf be made?
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Cougar Paisley 2 days ago
Just when I thought DRF couldn't get any worse. Well, Hartig surprises me again. A click on the classic homepage under the News link does bring up the page we just got use to. (Not so classic, by the way)
Mick Herman 2 days ago
What happened to the racing post ratings?
Big Jeff 2 days ago
Can't wait to purchase my handicapping info from other sources this year for Breeders Cup. Hope others do the same.
Big Jeff 2 days ago
Don't get me wrong. would gladly purchase a form for race day. But the whole DRF+ fiasco has changed that.
Mike 2 days ago
assuming u mean timeform us?
Pagani Zonda 3 days ago
Blofeld is the horse I am watching. I liked his last effort.
George Brabec 3 days ago
Taris should be in the sprinter category. 110 beyer at 7f Kee.
Tim 7 days ago
the older male section is just pathetic
Tim Roberts 2 days ago
Cigar has been replaced by Cigar Street. Skip Away replaced by Moonshine Mullin. Formal Gold by Itsmyluckyday. Gentlemen by Lea, who runs about as often as there are presidential elections. What more can you ask for? This is so much like 1996!!!
Rob Tuel 9 days ago
How is Goldencents "Dirt Mile bound"?!?! He was in the hands of Doug Oneil when the suspension was handed down. He should be banned from running. The only way for these suspensions to have any real merit is to make them a real punishment--not only for the trainers that get caught, but also for the owners that use these "suspicious" trainers. Don't allow them to run under another name, make it a real penalty. Then, perhaps, some of the riffraff can be cleaned out.
Big Jeff 7 days ago
Wrong article.
steve milgats 5 days ago
Rob, get educated about suspensions. A contamination is hardly a drugging. Read halvey on horseracing and maybe you will have a clue. You are probably a Baffert fan. 7 deaths in his barn and nothing happens.....nothing. O'neill gets a contamination for Xanax and you want all of his horse banned......yeah, that's the solution. O'neills horses are scrutinized more than any other trainer. His record is not that bad compared to all of the other big barn guys.....you take it out on the owners, you end what's left of this game. They support everything.
Joel Firsching 9 days ago
look at what has happened to the super saver two year old colts. competitive edge a hairline fracture, i spent it had two straight horrible stretch runs and hashtag bourbon has ankle chip at keenelands new surface. the surface has half as much silt and clay as churchills dirt. ankle injuries occur often to derby contenders in the last few years. does the surface get too sticky with the silt and clay ? gulfstream/palm meadows had too many injuries to top three year olds in march and april. palm meadows was resurfaced. hadnt been done since 2002. will gulfstream be as compact in 2015 ? i doubt it if dr brammy noticed.
Joel Firsching 8 days ago
There were three track records at gulf stream in February and March. Lea wins the donn in 1:46.86 and a 114 beyer. He hasn't run since do to injury. Social inclusion sets a track record, honor code runs second and he gets a suspensory injury. Palm meadows has their in-training sale where 7 young two year olds fly in 10 second works. Revolutionary sets a track record. that same day, onlyforyou wins and shortly after that dies with fracture. Top billing also ran that day and gets a fracture in his next work. Why does stronach need a concrete race surface ? Watch out, because gulf stream is holding their first in training sale on March 2.
Pagani Zonda 3 days ago
I support Frank, but you are correct about Gulfstream and the horses who have been injured running there in the winter. I may also add No Nay Never who was sidelined after the Swale, and also Havana who was injured working at Palm Meadows. I do believe also the Wicked Strong was hurt after running in a Gulfstream Allowance and was off until the Wood Memorial.