Updated on 04/17/2015 9:30AM

Watchmaker Watch: Weekly divisional ratings


Updated: April 13, 2015. 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 – Shared Belief,
by Candy Ride
Could not have won the Big Cap any easier
2 – California Chrome,
by Lucky Pulpit
Very nice effort in Dubai; now in England
3 – Bayern,
by Offlee Wild
BC Classic winner's 4yo bow is getting close
4 – Constitution,
by Tapit
Missed the Dubai Cup due to shin soreness

5- Lea,
by First Samurai
8- Tonalist,
by Tapit
6- Honor Code,
by A.P. Indy
9- Wicked Strong,
by Hard Spun
7- Palace Malice,
by Curlin
10- Race Day (new),
by Tapit

Older Females

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1 – Beholder (2),
by Henry Hughes
Just loved her comeback in the Santa Lucia
2 – Untapable (1),
by Tapit
Nice step forward winning Apple Blossom
3 – Don't Tell Sophia,
by Congaree
Tough, consistent, and has never been better
4 – Warren's Veneda,
by Affirmative
Current boss in SoCal is freaky sharp now

5- Stopchargingmaria,
by Tale of the Cat
8- Artemis Agrotera,
by Roman Ruler
6- Judy the Beauty,
by Ghostzapper
9- Sheer Drama,
by Burning Roma
7- Sweet Reason,
by Street Sense
10- Gold Medal Dancer,
by Medaglia d'Oro

3-Year-Old Males  

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1 – Dortmund,
by Big Brown
Dominated SA Derby; he just has all the tools
2 – American Pharoah,
by Pioneerof the Nile
Awesome in Ark. Derby; top 2 are tied for me
3 – Firing Line,
by Line of David
Romped when he escaped Dortmund's shadow
4 – Carpe Diem,
by Giant's Causeway
Strong sense is we haven't seen his best yet

5- Materiality,
by Afleet Alex
8- Competitive Edge,
by Super Saver
6- Upstart,
by Flatter
9- One Lucky Dane,
by Lookin At Lucky
7- Frosted,
by Tapit
10- International Star,
by Fusaichi Pegasus

3-Year-Old Females

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1 – I'm a Chatterbox,
by Munnings
Her FG form got a big boost in the Ashland
2 – Stellar Wind,
by Curlin
Has emerged as by far the best at Santa Anita
3 – Lady Eli (4),
by Divine Park
Unbeaten and untested turfer is very special
4 – Take Charge Brandi (3),
by Giant's Causeway
Champ is out until summer with knee injury

5- Lovely Maria,
by Majesticperfection
8- Birdatthewire,
by Summer Bird
6- Condo Commando,
by Tiz Wonderful
9- Eskenformoney,
by Eskendereya
7- Sunset Glow,
by Exchange Rate
10- Shook Up,
by Tapit

Turf Males

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1 – Main Sequence,
by Aldebaran
His Dubai outing is best completely ignored
2 – Wise Dan,
by Wiseman’s Ferry
Rooting for past champ to come back strong
3 – California Chrome,
by Lucky Pulpit
He'll use his turf option, and at Royal Ascot
4 – Imagining,
by Giant's Causeway
Nice, predictable rebound in Pan American

5- Twilight Eclipse,
by Purim
8- Hardest Core,
by Hard Spun
6- Finnegans Wake,
by Powerscourt
9- Obviously,
by Choisir
7- Mshawish,
by Medaglia d'Oro
10- Tourist,
by Tiznow

Turf Females

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1 – Stephanie's Kitten,
by Kitten's Joy
Was just all class in her comeback in Tampa
2 – Ball Dancing,
by Exchange Rate
Much the best in the Wiley, flattering top one
3 – Euro Charline,
by Myboycharlie
We would welcome this top-notcher back here
4 – Crown Queen,
by Smart Strike
Perfect at 3; her best races are in front of her

5- Lady Lara,
by Excellent Art
8- Riposte,
by Dansili
6- Coffee Clique,
by Medaglia d'Oro
9- Beauty Parlor,
by Elusive Quality
7- Sandiva,
by Footstepsinthesand
10- Irish Mission,
by Giant's Causeway


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1 – Work All Week,
by City Zip
Reigning champ is 10 for 10 on dirt tracks
2 – Secret Circle,
by Eddington
Did America proud with his Dubai victory
3 – Private Zone,
by Macho Uno
Fine second in GP Hcp, best going shorter
4 – Salutos Anigos,
by Salute the Sarge
Was flattered by the oddly run Carter result

5- Palace,
by City Zip
8- Kobe's Back,
by Flatter
6- Wild Dude,
by Wildcat Heir
9- Masochistic (new),
by Half Ours
7- Conquest Two Step,
by Two Step Salsa
10- Dads Caps,
by Discreet Cat


walter goode 3 days ago
hey tommy. you need to check your spelling and your facts.
tommy 3 days ago
I will put el kabier and Danzig moon 3rd in my trifecta ticket along with others I like!!!! It's better to add horses on your list than subtract !!!!!
tommy 5 days ago
Good Vs Evil in the kentucky derby American pharaoh - Jesus Mubtaahij - Allah Firing line - Michael the arc angel Materiality - God Dortmund - Satin Frosted - Demond International star - Demond Upstart - Demond Who will you pick to win???? Good always prevails !!!! LOL ; ) Don't you love my posts !!!!
Maynard Runkle 4 days ago
Frosted is the Holy Ghost, right?
tommy 3 days ago
Make sure you have the little Demond's for 2nd and 3rd !!!!!!
tommy 5 days ago
Alpha males in the kentucky derby : 1) materiality - he won on sloppy, he destroyed the fair grounds champion, he is the Florida champion and never lost a race !!!! 2) American pharaoh- he is good and fast like firing line 3) firing line - fastest horse and has highest vo2 max !!! 4) mubtaahij - he claims nobody knows his name in United States and will force us to say it correctly along with spelling it!! He wants us to submit to him after he wins the triple crown!! I'm not sure about that, but I do think he can win the derby!!! Alpha male wannabes : 1) Dortmund - he is fat and needs to lose fat!! When was the last time you saw a big guy winning the marathon??? He was lucky to beat nobody!! Firing line did best him last time and mr. Z did finish ahead of him in Los alamitos !! Horses refuse to submit to him!!! 2) frosted : he ran good and thinks he will be crown the winner!! Horses refuse to bow behind him!! 3) international star : he barley won last time out!! He thinks he's a star in his field. Maybe after he loses the kentucky derby they will retire him so that he can make more money in show biz and become a real international star!! 4) bolo - people will call him bozo the clown after he scratches 5) up start- he will need a head start in order to contend!!
Michael Payer 5 days ago
upstart will win derby
Bobbycwill 5 days ago
Watchmacker's first 4 older males,1st older female, first three 3 year old males, 2 out of the first 3 turf males and first 4 sprinters are all west coast. California speed, baby. Speed kills.
Capo Capo 5 days ago
Hey Mike, How about removing the recently deceased Conquest Two Step off your list? You plan on keeping Palace Malice on that list until he runs in 2019??
Paul G 6 days ago
Mike, did you mean to put Anigos?? Then again, I am not sure Salutos is a real word either.
juan figueroa garcia 6 days ago
Birdthawire in 8 place? no way
juan figueroa garcia 6 days ago
my top 3grade 1 Kentucky derby contender 1- American pharoal 2- Carpe diem 3- Dortmund