Updated on 08/17/2017 10:43AM

Watchmaker Watch: Weekly divisional ratings


Updated: August 14, 2017. 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 – Arrogate,
by Unbridled's Song
Best to make like the San Diego didn't happen
2 – Gun Runner,
by Candy Ride
Dominated Whitney, clearly better than the rest
3 – Mor Spirit,
by Eskendereya
His Met Mile romp was a monstrous performance
4 – Shaman Ghost,
by Ghostzapper
Flat when second at odds-on in the Suburban

5- Connect,
by Curlin
8- Cupid,
by Tapit
6- Sharp Azteca,
by Freud
9- Collected,
by City Zip
7- Hoppertunity,
by Any Given Saturday
10- Keen Ice,
by Curlin

Older Dirt Females

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1 – Songbird,
by Medaglia d'Oro
Hope to see the real Songbird in Personal Ensign
2 – Stellar Wind,
by Curlin
Tough as nails, now 3 for 3 this year in Gr. 1's
3 – Vale Dori,
by Asiatic Boy
Lost two straight heartbreakers to Stellar Wind
4 – Paulassilverlining,
by Ghostzapper
Just keeps on winning for her new connections

5- Forever Unbridled,
by Unbridled's Song
8- Terra Promessa,
by Curlin
6- Finest City,
by City Zip
9- Highway Star,
by Girolamo
7- Paid Up Subscriber,
by Candy Ride
10- Carina Mia,
by Malibu Moon

3-Year-Old Males

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1 – Always Dreaming,
by Bodemeister
Still think his Ky. and Fl. Derby wins rate here
2 – Classic Empire,
by Pioneerof the Nile
But this division is a total toss-up, and I get it …
3 – Cloud Computing,
by Maclean's Music
… if others out there think pulling rankings …
4 – Tapwrit,
by Tapit
… out of a hat would work better for this bunch

5- Good Samaritan,
by Harlan's Holiday
8- Girvin,
by Tale of Ekati
6- West Coast,
by Flatter
9- McCraken,
by Ghostzapper
7- Irap,
by Tiznow
10- Practical Joke,
by Into Mischief

3-Year-Old Females

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1 – Abel Tasman,
by Quality Road
Three Grade 1 victories puts her on top here
2 – Unique Bella,
by Tapit
But she toyed with 'Abel' in their one meeting
3 – Lady Aurelia,
by Scat Daddy
Not a typical 3yo filly, but she's a total monster
4 – Paradise Woods,
by Union Rags
You know she's better than she showed at CD

5- American Gal,
by Concord Point
8- Unchained Melody,
by Smart Strike
6- Salty,
by Quality Road
9- La Coronel,
by Colonel John
7- Daddys Lil Darling,
by Scat Daddy
10- New Money Honey,
by Medaglia d'Oro

2-Year-Old males

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1 – Run Away,
by Run Away and Hide
The most accomplished in SoCal, so far, that is
2 – Mojovation,
by Quality Road
Impressed in strong debut score at Saratoga
3 – Firenze Fire,
by Poseidon's Warrior
Did win Saratoga's Sanford, but over whom?
4 – Bolt d'Oro,
by Medaglia d'Oro
First-out victory at Del Mar was just a teaser

5- Tatters to Riches,
by Union Rags
8- Gracida,
by Custom for Carlos
6- Ten City,
by Run Away and Hide
9- Sporting Chance,
by Tiznow
7- Copper Bullet,
by More Than Ready
10- National Flag,
by Speightstown

2 Year-Old Females

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1 – Separationofpowers,
by Candy Ride
Loved her debut romp at Saratoga. Loved it
2 – Dream It Is,
by Shackleford
Ran away with the Schuylerville, now 3 for 3
3 – Gas Station Sushi,
by Into Mischief
Big win first out at Del Mar, has Grade 1 name
4 – Pure Silver,
by Mission Impazible
Buried a questionable field in the Adirondack

5- Spectator,
by Jimmy Creed
8- I Still Miss You,
by Majestic Warrior
6- Just a Smidge,
by Into Mischief
9- Poetic,
by Violence
7- Amy's Challenge,
by Artie Schiller
10- Sunny Skies,
by Animal Kingdom

Turf Males

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1 – Bal a Bali,
by Put It Back
Two Gr. 1 wins in 2017, division is a scramble
2 – Beach Patrol (3),
by Lemon Drop Kid
Better trip in the Arlington Million, better result
3 – Ascend (4),
by Candy Ride
Tried despite bad setup at AP, believe he's legit
4 – Oscar Performance (new),
by Kitten's Joy
3yo has won two Grade 1's, though with ideal trips

5- Bigger Picture (6),
by Badge of Silver
8- Time Test,
by Dubawi
6- World Approval (new),
by Northern Afleet
9- Almanaar (5),
by Dubawi
7- Disco Partner (2),
by Disco Rico
10- American Patriot (7),
by War Front

Turf Females

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1 – Lady Eli,
by Divine Park
Another display of pure class in her Diana win
2 – Miss Temple City,
by Temple City
Stays here in the hope she returns to mile races
3 – Zhukova,
by Fastnet Rock
Crushed males in Man o' War, but on a bog course
4 – Sea Calisi,
by Youmzain
Unfortunately sidelined with hind-end injury

5- Antonoe,
by First Defence
8- Dickinson,
by Medaglia d'Oro
6- Quidura,
by Dubawi
9- Grand Jete (new),
by Dansili
7- Hawksmoor,
by Azamour
10- Dacita (new),
by Scat Daddy


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1 – Mind Your Biscuits,
by Posse
Powerful score at Belmont in his U.S. return
2 – Drefong,
by Gio Ponti
That was an inauspicious way to kick off 2017
3 – Sharp Azteca,
by Freud
Looks like two turns is now a real option for him
4 – Roy H,
by More Than Ready
Very unlucky when second in the Bing Crosby

5- Danzing Candy,
by Twirling Candy
8- Unified,
by Candy Ride
6- Ransom the Moon,
by Malibu Moon
9- St. Joe Bay,
by Saint Anddan
7- El Deal,
by Munnings
10- Imperial Hint,
by Imperialism