Updated on 08/24/2016 5:15PM

Watchmaker Watch: Weekly divisional ratings


Updated: August 22, 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 Pacific Classic performance was monstrous
2 – Frosted,
by Tapit
Top two listed here are well ahead of the rest
3 – Melatonin,
by Kodiak Kowboy
Missed the Pacific Classic due to minor illness
4 – Effinex (5),
by Mineshaft
Spotty form, but has won two Gr. 2s this year

5- Dortmund (4),
by Big Brown
8- Mubtaahij,
by Dubawi
6- Mshawish,
by Medaglia d'Oro
9- Stanford,
by Malibu Moon
7- Hoppertunity,
by Any Given Saturday
10- Comfort,
by Indian Charlie

Older Dirt Females

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1 – Beholder,
by Henny Hughes
Lost nothing in stature in second to Cal. Chrome
2 – Stellar Wind,
by Curlin
Was simply better than the top one in Hirsch
3 – Cavorting,
by Bernardini
Phipps win extended her current raging form
4 – Forever Unbridled,
by Unbridled's Song
Ran big to be second in Phipps after tough trip

5- Curalina,
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
Disappointed in the Haskell, uses his mulligan
2 – Exaggerator,
by Curlin
Blessed with ideal setups and rainy weather
3 – American Freedom,
by Pulpit
Showed in the Haskell that he's a serious horse
4 – Creator,
by Tapit
Can say he was hurt by slow Jim Dandy pace

5- Gun Runner,
by Candy Ride
8- Cupid,
by Tapit
6- Destin,
by Giant's Causeway
9- Mor Spirit,
by Eskendereya
7- Connect,
by Curlin
10- Mohaymen,
by Tapit

3-Year-Old Females

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1 – Songbird,
by Medaglia d'Oro
There is just no measure for her in this division
2 – Carina Mia,
by Malibu Moon
No match for top one, but she is still a fine filly
3 – Off the Tracks,
by Curlin
Ran the best race in the Test, even in defeat
4 – Cathryn Sophia,
by Street Boss
You'd think she's better than her Acorn suggests

5- Go Maggie Go,
by Ghostzapper
8- Weep No More,
by Mineshaft
6- Catch a Glimpse,
by City Zip
9- Lewis Bay,
by Bernardini
7- Land Over Sea,
by Bellamy Road
10- Paola Queen,
by Flatter

2-Year-Old Males 

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1 – Chasing Aces,
by Flatter
Posted an extremely fast maiden win at Del Mar
2 – Straight Fire,
by Dominus
He did the same after a second to the top one
3 – Classic Empire,
by Pioneerof the Nile
Thought his Bashford Manor win was strong
4 – Theory,
by Gemologist
Most impressive winning his debut at Saratoga

5- Klimt,
by Quality Road
8- Favorable Outcome (8),
by Flatter
6- Three Rules,
by Gone Astray
9- Gunnevara (8),
by Dialed In
7- Syndergaard,
by Majesticperfection
10- Bitumen (9),
by Mineshaft

2-Year-Old Females

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1 – Cherry Lodge,
by Bernardini
Won her debut at Saratoga like a very good one
2 – Morganite,
by Gemologist
Beat subsequent Sorrento winner in her debut
3 – Champagne Room,
by Broken Vow
Got her maiden victory in the Sorrento Stakes
4 – Pretty City Dancer,
by Tapit
Much the best winning the Debutante at CD

5- Sweet Loretta,
by Tapit
8- American Gal,
by Concord Point
6- Miss Southern Miss,
by More Than Ready
9- Nona Mela (new),
by Arch
7- Noted and Quoted,
by The Factor
10- Theonewewaitedfor,
by Creative Cause

Turf Males

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1 – Flintshire,
by Dansili
He's currently the best here by a wide margin 
2 – Ironicus,
by Distorted Humor
Fine second to top one but has had a foot issue
3 – Mondialiste,
by Galileo
Question how strong his Arl. Million really was
4 – Flamboyant,
by Peer Gynt
Should improve off sharp effort in U.S. return

5- Obviously,
by Choisir
8- Tourist (new),
by Tiznow
6- Divisidero,
by Kitten's Joy
9- World Approval (8),
by Northern Afleet
7- Midnight Storm,
by Pioneerof the Nile
10- What a View (9),
by Vronsky

Turf Females

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1 – Tepin,
by Bernstein
Champ is now targeting the Woodbine Mile
2 – Miss Temple City,
by Temple City
Think she's at her best at a mile, but so is Tepin
3 – Sea Calisi,
by Youmzain
Might be the best here going longer distances 
4 – Dacita,
by Scat Daddy
Won Grade 1 Diana yet is still underappreciated

5- Celestine,
by Scat Daddy
8- Illuminant (7),
by Quality Road
6- Catch a Glimpse,
by City Zip
9- Lady Shipman (8)
by Midshipman
7- Time and Motion (new),
by Tapit
10- Olorda (9)
by Lord of England


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1 – Lord Nelson,
by Pulpit
Clearly California's most accomplished sprinter
2 – Masochistic,
by Sought After
Impressive comeback makes him a major player
3 – X Y Jet,
by Kantharos
Brutal beat in Dubai, chipped a knee too
4 – A. P. Indian,
by Indian Charlie
Currently this division's top gun in the East

5- Kobe's Back,
by Flatter
8- Wild Dude,
by Wildcat Heir
6- Marking,
by Bernardini
9- Subtle Indian,
by Indian Charlie
7- Private Zone,
by Macho Uno
10- Salutos Amigos,
by Salute the Sarge


Darrell Anthony 6 hours ago
lady Eli is not even in your top ten.  I realize that she hasn't raced this year until today but you have kept other horses on the list in the past under the same conditions.  She is undefeated and grade 1 and breaders cup winner.

Carolyn Wyatt 23 hours ago
Three Rules 6th in 2y/o ???  Why not 1st?
Peter Langelaan 5 days ago
American Freedom is by Pulpit.
ProXstream Gaming 5 days ago
Hey "Race Tote",  gutsy call on Songbird.  lol
RaceTote 10 days ago
Here's a tip for Saturday, August 20th, Saratoga, race 10, Alabama Stakes, Songbird. Bet the farm.
RaceTote 10 days ago
Tapit really isn't the best stud in America. That honor goes to Archie Manning. 
RaceTote 10 days ago
Sorry, I meant to say imagine.
RaceTote 11 days ago
Image having four colts from your sire listed amongst Mike's top ten three year olds, at this time of the year. I just wonder what Tapit's stud fee will be for 2017. That pale horse is amazing. 
RaceTote 11 days ago
 Definitely some speed among the two year old crop, but I'll withhold judgment until after witnessing an outstanding performance around two turns. Still it's hard to overlook Mike's top ten. Sure appreciate the work he puts into these weekly ratings.
  I Certainly plan to follow Chasing Aces after his record breaking performance, and also the Pioneer of the Nile colt, Classic Empire. He's looking pretty good too. 
 I would love to see a follow up to American Pharoah, anything to take focus away from our rancorous presidential race. I'm worn out watching CNN and all the disturbing campaign commercials.  At least the horses are better behaved. Even Lani eventually fell in line, and gave a good performance in the Belmont. Maybe our politicians could learn something from these talented young thoroughbreds. 
 Horse racing sure beats the hell out of politics. 
ProXstream Gaming 12 days ago
Arlington Million was a Grade III this year ( talent wise ),  and with a 97 winning Beyer.  Not a  Star of Cozzene or Paradise Creek to be found ( or Flintshire ------- who would've won by 3 lengths ).