Updated on 09/15/2014 10:08AM

Watchmaker Watch: Weekly divisional ratings


Updated: September 15, 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; his hold on this position is tenuous
2 – Wise Dan,
by Wiseman’s Ferry
Gutsy in comeback; may return to dirt in fall
3 – Lea,
by First Samurai
Time is running short for a suitable BC prep
4 – Moreno,
by Ghostzapper
Very little between him, Itsmyluckyday

5- Itsmyluckyday,
by Lawyer Ron
8- Moonshine Mullin,
by Albert the Great
6- Game On Dude,
by Awesome Again
9- Will Take Charge,
by Unbridled’s Song
7- Zivo,
by True Direction
10- Majestic Harbor,
by Rockport Harbor

Older Females

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1 – Close Hatches,
by First Defence
Personal Ensign win adds to imposing résumé
2 – Princess of Sylmar,
by Majestic Warrior
Just doesn't look like the filly she once was
3 – Beholder,
by Henny Hughes
Will return in Zenyatta; main title contender
4 – Midnight Lucky,
by Midnight Lute
She is brilliant in races at a mile or under

5- Iotapa,
by Afleet Alex
8- Broken Sword,
by Broken Vow
6- Antipathy,
by A.P. Indy
9- Don't Tell Sophia,
by Congaree
7- Let Faith Arise,
by A.P. Indy
10- On Fire Baby,
by Smoke Glacken

3-Year-Old Males

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1 – Shared Belief,
by Candy Ride
Right now, he's the best horse in America
2 – California Chrome,
by Lucky Pulpit
Has the résumé, but eclipsed by a monster
3 – Wicked Strong,
by Hard Spun
Ran a huge race in a weirdly run Travers
4 – Tonalist,
by Tapit
Also ran big in that odd running of Travers

5- V. E. Day,
by English Channel
8- Constitution,
by Tapit
6- Bayern,
by Offlee Wild
9- Atreides,
by Medaglia d'Oro
7- Danza,
by Street Boss
10- Tapiture,
by Tapit

3-Year-Old Females

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1 – Untapable,
by Tapit
Still dominant here despite Haskell defeat
2 – Stopchargingmaria,
by Tale of the Cat
Massive gap between Untapable and the rest
3 – Sweet Reason,
by Street Sense
So effective at one turn; why stretch out?
4 – Artemis Agrotera,
by Roman Ruler
Suddenly emerged as a female sprint force

5- Stonetastic,
by Mizzen Mast
8- Fiftyshadesofgold,
by My Golden Song
6- My Miss Sophia,
by Unbridled’s Song
9- Room Service,
by More Than Ready
7- Unbridled Forever,
by Unbridled's Song
10- Rosalind,
by Broken Vow

2-Year-Old males

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1 – Competitive Edge,
by Super Saver
Followed big debut with easy Hopeful win
2 – American Pharoah,
by Pioneerof the Nile
Huge Dmr Futurity rebound win on Poly
3 – I Spent It,
by Super Saver
Sar. Special winner no match in Hopeful
4 – Souper Colossal,
by Malibu Moon
His two-turn Sapling score was solid

5- Blofeld,
by Quality Road
8- Upstart,
by Flatter
6- El Kabeir,
by Scat Daddy
9- Carpe Diem,
by Giant's Causeway
7- Om,
by Munnings
10- Lucky Player,
by Lookin At Lucky

2 Year-Old Females

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1 – Cavorting,
by Bernardini
Impressive Adirondack win from off pace
2 – Sunset Glow,
by Exchange Rate
Won the division's two big Del Mar stakes
3 – Condo Commando,
by Tiz Wonderful
Her huge Spinaway score was bias-aided
4 – Her Emmynency,
by Successful Appeal
Sharp second in the Del Mar Debutante

5- Luminance,
by Tale of the Cat
8- Fashion Alert,
by Old Fashioned
6- Tara's Tango,
by Unbridled's Song
9- Wonder Gal,
by Tiz Wonderful
7- Angela Renee,
by Bernardini
10- Cristina's Journey,
by Any Given Saturday

Turf Males

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1 – Wise Dan,
by Wiseman’s Ferry
The definition of heart winning the Baruch
2 – Seek Again,
by Speightstown
Was two days the best in the Fourstardave
3 – Main Sequence,
by Aldebaran
Think he's best of the distance turf males
4 – Tom's Tribute,
by Lion Heart
It's now his turn to be SoCal's top miler

5- Imagining,
by Giant’s Causeway
8- Magician,
by Galileo
6- Obviously,
by Choisir
9- Real Solution,
by Kitten’s Joy
7- Hardest Core,
by Hard Spun
10- Winning Prize,
by Pure Prize

Turf Females

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1 – Euro Charline,
by Myboycharlie
Only 3, but won division's best race so far
2 – Stephanie's Kitten,
by Kitten's Joy
No more positional speed, but very sharp
3 – Riposte,
by Dansili
New York Stakes score was strong effort
4 – Coffee Clique,
by Medaglia d’Oro
Diana result flattered her Just a Game win

5- Somali Lemonade,
by Lemon Drop Kid
8- Miss Serendipity,
by Not For Sale
6- Just The Judge,
by Lawman
9- Parranda,
by English Channel
7- Abaco,
by Giant's Causeway
10- Annecdote (new),
by Lucky Story


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1 – Palace,
by City Zip
Managed "only" two Gr. 1 wins at Saratoga
2 – Secret Circle,
by Eddington
Makes it count when he answers the bell
3 – Bayern,
by Offlee Wild
Extended sprints might prove his best game
4 – Goldencents,
by Into Mischief
Return to speed tactics resulted in big effort

5- Big Macher,
by Beau Genius
8- Central Banker,
by Speightstown
6- Wild Dude,
by Wildcat Heir
9- Shakin It Up,
by Midnight Lute
7- Clearly Now,
by Horse Greeley
10- The Big Beast,
by Yes It's True


Robynrokn 2 days ago
Oh go ahead and take Palace Malice down so you can put Normandy Invasion back up there.
Anonymous 2 days ago
Linda Rice is in Heaven with Palace. He just keeps coming now that he knows his job. Bayern is a much better sprinter and got lucky stealing the Haskell, but; he should stick to what he does best/sprinting. Wise Dan has lost a step but... he still likes to win. Close Hatches is a beast and does things effortlessly. Reminds me of last year's Beholder. I think this one is being set up for BC and Mandella knows what to do. Palice Malice is retired? I didn't know that. It probably for the better. The HOY will be between the two CA horses. I am having a hard time with Shared Belief being rated higher than CC. CC has won much more money and has had a grueling campaign compared to SB. Those "Beyer" numbers do influence people's minds more than they should. Ghostzapper was lightly raced and was HOY because he put up huge 'Beyers.' If you just look at the money won, CC is a hands down winner. The BCC could change all that with another $3 million in SB's pockets (or; CC's). If Chrome wasn't injured in the Belmont's start, we are looking at a whole new chart. He is still the better and more accomplished horse this year.
Steven Rolf 2 days ago
don't be surprised if an older horse wins
Pagani Zonda 3 days ago
Still no Conquest horse huh?... why do you do bias ratings of each division yet?
Pagani Zonda 3 days ago
For not yet...
Mike 3 days ago
Mike Come on' U have horse (A) who has ALREADY won the most prestigious race for 3yo: Cal Cup Derby San Felipe (2) Santa Anita Derby (1) Kentucky Derby (1) Peakness (1) ....and 4th, a 1 1/2 lengths from a Triple Crown Then horse (B) Allowance Los Al derby (2) Pacific Classic (1) .....beat fellow 3yo Toast of New York by a length (Same cast of characters Dullahan beat in Pacific) You have been around long enough to look at the STATS, and what a horse has accomplished on track and to have a better sense then to "cave" to the "hip" horse. Based on credentials horse (A) is by far best 3yo.
Mike 3 days ago
Anonymous 3 days ago
I think Deceptive Vision will make some noise in the female turf division. She won a win and your in turf race at Woodbine over the weekend easily. She should at least be in the top ten somewhere.
Pagani Zonda 9 days ago
Ok writer. Still waiting to see Conquest Tsunami on that 2 year old list....bias or what?
Steven Rolf 10 days ago
3 year old males division should really say 3 ear old males DIRT, Adelaide won the gade1 secretariat,2nd in the Belmont derby.
702Raycing 3 days ago
There is no reason for a 3 year turf category... No eclipse award or breeders cup race for turf 3 year olds. He will have to find his way onto the a already existing turf category.
Steven Rolf 2 days ago
not the point,horse has a g1 under his belt,unlike others
slewfan 10 days ago
I don't get it. California Chrome has THE BEST record to date. What's wrong with this picture?
Meydan Rocks 10 days ago
I guess it's what have you done for me lately especially when SB is going gangbusters on his elders!
702Raycing 3 days ago
He does not have the best record .. Shared Belief has the best record that's why he is on top of that list. Won $1,000,000 race over elders that trumps weak triple crown races.
Michael Slezak 10 days ago
Failure to rank Iotapa over Princess of Sylmar and Midnight Lucky leaves me scratching my head in bewilderment.