Updated on 07/21/2014 10:32AM

Watchmaker Watch: Weekly divisional ratings


Updated: July 21, 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
At this point in the season, he is the best here
2 – Wise Dan,
by Wiseman’s Ferry
Looks like the champ is progressing well
3 – Lea,
by First Samurai
Huge on dirt at GP, finally back on work tab
4 – Game On Dude,
by Awesome Again
Still was most impressive winner of Big Cap

5- Moonshine Mullin,
by Albert the Great
8- Majestic Harbor,
by Rockport Harbor
6- Will Take Charge,
by Unbridled’s Song
9- Zivo,
by True Direction
7- Mucho Macho Man,
by Macho Uno
10- Goldencents,
by Into Mischief

Older Females

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1 – Close Hatches,
by First Defence
She earned this ranking with her Phipps win
2 – Princess of Sylmar,
by Majestic Warrior
Pace-compromised at Del; still ran only so-so
3 – Beholder,
by Henny Hughes
You know she’s better than her Phipps try
4 – Midnight Lucky,
by Midnight Lute
She is brilliant in races at a mile or under

5- Iotapa,
by Afleet Alex
8- Wedding Toast,
by Street Sense
6- On Fire Baby,
by Smoke Glacken
9- Let Faith Arise,
by Kafwain
7- Molly Morgan,
by Ghostzapper
10- Fiftyshadesofhay,
by Pulpit

3-Year-Old Males

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1 – California Chrome,
by Lucky Pulpit
Has accomplished the most here, by far
2 – Tonalist,
by Tapit
Win the Belmont, you get a high ranking
3 – Shared Belief,
by Candy Ride
He will make for an intriguing second half
4 – Danza,
by Street Boss
Third in Derby; still has huge potential

5- Bayern,
by Offlee Wild
8- Commissioner,
by A.P. Indy
6- Wicked Strong,
by Hard Spun
9- Medal Count,
by Dynaformer
7- Constitution,
by Tapit
10- Ride On Curlin,
by Curlin

3-Year-Old Females

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1 – Untapable,
by Tapit
Goes after good males in Sunday's Haskell
2 – My Miss Sophia,
by Unbridled’s Song
Good before Acorn flop; Test stakes next
3 – Sweet Reason,
by Street Sense
There’s no doubt she’s better at one turn
4 – Stopchargingmaria (9),
by Tale of the Cat
CCA Oaks score was her best effort yet

5- Unbridled Forever (4),
by Unbridled’s Song
8- Rosalind (7),
by Broken Vow
6- Fiftyshadesofgold (5),
by My Golden Song
9- Awesome Baby (8),
by Awesome Again
7- Room Service (6),
by More Than Ready
10- Fashion Plate,
by Old Fashioned

Turf Males

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1 – Wise Dan,
by Wiseman’s Ferry
It's great to see him back on workout tab
2 – Obviously,
by Choisir
Strongly flattered by Eddie Read result
3 – Real Solution,
by Kitten’s Joy
Solid when he doesn’t lapse into hanging
4 – Winning Prize,
by Pure Prize
Was best miler in SoCal, ’til Shoemaker

5- Seek Again,
by Speightstown
8- Silver Max,
by Badge of Silver
6- Little Mike,
by Spanish Steps
9- Main Sequence,
by Aldebaran
7- Imagining,
by Giant’s Causeway
10- Tom's Tribute (new),
by Lion Heart

Turf Females

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1 – Riposte,
by Dansili
New York Stakes win was convincing one
2 – Coffee Clique (3),
by Medaglia d’Oro
Her Just a Game win got a boost in Diana
3 – Somali Lemonade (9),
by Lemon Drop Kid
Has turned her career around with blinkers
4 – Stephanie's Kitten (10),
by Kitten's Joy
She's not done yet; fine effort in the Diana

5- Discreet Marq (4),
by Discreet Cat
8- Pontchatrain (6),
by War Front
6- Parranda (5),
by English Channel
9- Hard Not to Like (7),
by Hard Spun
7- Tannery (2),
by Dylan Thomas
10- Strathnaver (8),
by Oasis Dream


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1 – Secret Circle,
by Eddington
Makes it count when he answers the bell
2 – Goldencents,
by Into Mischief
Formidable if he focuses on sprinting
3 – Bayern,
by Offlee Wild
Will stretch out; has huge sprint potential
4 – Clearly Now,
by Horse Greeley
His Bel race was best sprint effort of year

5- Big Macher,
by Beau Genius
8- Shakin It Up,
by Midnight Lute
6- Wild Dude,
by Wildcat Heir
9- Declassify,
by Orientate
7- Central Banker,
by Speightstown
10- Sahara Sky,
by Pleasant Tap


Chad mc rory 2 days ago
I'd like to be able to say that the main track at Saratoga is "normalizing" but...
Tony 2 days ago
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Cecil Jackson 5 days ago
looking for la downs best bets
Merrill 7 days ago
Watchmaker has lost a step in his rating of top race horses. He is not a very good handicapper either. Sorry
Merrill 7 days ago
I would not pay 4 cents a year for DRF Plus. Your reporting is not all that exclusive. DRF a become quite he rag over the past 20 years and now it is all about gouging. I expect that this comment will be censured and tossed in the trash. I know that you do this with negative comments.
Mark Kennedy 7 days ago
i dont understand what has happened to drf I still think mike does a good job it is his opinion but DRF has gone in the dumps when it comes the almighty dollar i would never pay for drf plus
Mark Kennedy 8 days ago
I ALSO HAVE A QUESTION YOU HAVE goldencents as number 10 on your older males behind obviously palice malice but you have Palice malice nowhere on your sprinters and you have gpoldencents number 2 and palice malice beat goldencents in the met mile
Alex Sterioff 8 days ago
Still waiting for Watchmaker to acknowledge the best 3 year old filly. Sunday Rules!
Mark Kennedy 8 days ago
i would like to say and no disrespectbut if you are going to post a watch and allow folks to respond it would be nice if you answered posters back.
Mark Kennedy 8 days ago
i disagree i think bayern is a lot better than you think
Dee R. Eff 8 days ago
3 year old males. Bayern #5 ? I think you missed a key stroke, as I'm sure you meant #15. For Bayern to even hold or deserve this position he will have to win the Haskel with authority. Not even you will put in the trifecta. Colts not even on your list will beat him. You can only kiss up to Baffert for so long.