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Watchmaker Watch: Weekly divisional ratings


Updated: October 16, 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
Brilliant colt has suddenly turned into an enigma
2 – Gun Runner,
by Candy Ride
He's special, but was no match for #1 in Dubai
3 – Collected,
by City Zip
Stayed perfect this year with Pacific Classic win
4 – Mor Spirit,
by Eskendereya
Huge Met Mile score, goes into Cup off layoff

5- Shaman Ghost,
by Ghostzapper
8- Mubtaahij,
by Dubawi
6- Sharp Azteca,
by Freud
9- Diversify,
by Bellamy Road
7- Hoppertunity,
by Any Given Saturday
10- Keen Ice,
by Curlin

Older Dirt Females

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1 – Songbird,
by Medaglia d'Oro
Sensational champ retired, will be sorely missed
2 – Stellar Wind,
by Curlin
Going into the Breeders' Cup off a July layoff
3 – Vale Dori,
by Asiatic Boy
Two narrow losses to Stellar Wind, skipping BC
4 – Forever Unbridled,
by Unbridled's Song
Overcame a terrible pace setup to beat Songbird

5- Paulassilverlining,
by Ghostzapper
8- Terra Promessa,
by Curlin
6- Finest City,
by City Zip
9- By the Moon,
by Indian Charlie
7- Paid Up Subscriber,
by Candy Ride
10- Highway Star,
by Girolamo

3-Year-Old Males

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1 – West Coast,
by Flatter
His Pa. Derby romp should be the title clincher
2 – Classic Empire,
by Pioneerof the Nile
Can only wonder what might have been for him
3 – Always Dreaming,
by Bodemeister
Lost early-season form, lost control of division
4 – Tapwrit,
by Tapit
His Travers effort was okay, but only just okay

5- Pavel,
by Creative Cause
8- Cloud Computing,
by Maclean's Music
6- Irap,
by Tiznow
9- Practical Joke,
by Into Mischief
7- Good Samaritan,
by Harlan's Holiday
10- Girvin,
by Tale of Ekati

3-Year-Old Females

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1 – Abel Tasman,
by Quality Road
On dead part of track when upset in Cotillion
2 – Elate,
by Medaglia d'Oro
Quickly emerged as a legit divisional title threat
3 – Unique Bella,
by Tapit
Perfect comeback, ready for the BC F&M Sprint
4 – Paradise Woods,
by Union Rags
She also suddenly has a path to a divisional title

5- Lady Aurelia,
by Scat Daddy
8- Salty,
by Quality Road
6- It Tiz Well,
by Arch
9- Daddys Lil Darling,
by Scat Daddy
7- American Gal,
by Concord Point
10- Unchained Melody,
by Smart Strike

2-Year-Old males

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1 – Bolt d'Oro,
by Medaglia d'Oro
His FrontRunner was easily best 2yo effort so far
2 – Montauk,
by Medaglia d'Oro
Impressed in debut romp on JC Gold Cup Day
3 – Firenze Fire,
by Poseidon's Warrior
Beat some distance-challenged Champagne rivals
4 – Good Magic,
by Curlin
Maiden ran big when second in the Champagne

5- Free Drop Billy,
by Union Rags
8- Givemeaminit,
by Star Guitar
6- Solomini,
by Curlin
9- Engage (new),
by Into Mischief
7- Sporting Chance,
by Tiznow
10- Talent Scout (new),
by New Year's Day

2 Year-Old Females

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1 – Moonshine Memories,
by Malibu Moon
Clearly best in the Chandelier in first two-turn try
2 – Separationofpowers,
by Candy Ride
That was the filly who was so good in her debut
3 – Alluring Star,
by Exchange Rate
Conceded experience when second in Chandelier
4 – Piedi Bianchi,
by Overanalyze
Ground loss on first turn in Chandelier didn't help

5- Heavenly Love,
by Malibu Moon
8- Amy's Challenge,
by Artie Schiller
6- Caledonia Road,
by Quality Road
9- Lady Ivanka,
by Tiz Wonderful
7- Dream It Is,
by Shackleford
10- Gas Station Sushi,
by Into Mischief

Turf Males

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1 – Beach Patrol,
by Lemon Drop Kid
Joe Hirsch-Arlington Million double ranks here
2 – World Approval,
by Northern Afleet
He also has back-to-back strong Grade 1 wins
3 – Fanciful Angel,
by Dark Angel
Second to the top one in his first two U.S. starts
4 – Oscar Performance,
by Kitten's Joy
Remains the most accomplished 3-year-old turfer

5- Bigger Picture,
by Badge of Silver
8- Itsinthepost,
by American Post
6- Sadler's Joy,
by Kitten's Joy
9- Bal a Bali,
by Put It Back
7- Ascend,
by Candy Ride
10- Suedois,
by Le Havre

Turf Females

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1 – Lady Eli,
by Divine Park
She's amazing, there's just no other way to put it
2 – Miss Temple City,
by Temple City
Note she did beat the First Lady winner at KD
3 – Dacita,
by Scat Daddy
Admirably consistent, a big plus in this division
4 – Antonoe,
by First Defence
High-class miler had two lousy trips at Saratoga

5- Zhukova,
by Fastnet Rock
8- Hawksmoor,
by Azamour
6- Dickinson,
by Medaglia d'Oro
9- Avenge,
by War Front
7- Quidura,
by Dubawi
10- War Flag,
by War Front


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1 – Drefong,
by Gio Ponti
Champ showed he's back in strong Forego score
2 – Roy H,
by More Than Ready
Should be unbeaten this year, as good as any here
3 – Mind Your Biscuits,
by Posse
Was empty in the Forego, he's better than that
4 – Sharp Azteca,
by Freud
Top-class miler formidable around one turn, too

5- Danzing Candy,
by Twirling Candy
8- Practical Joke,
by Into Mischief
6- Ransom the Moon,
by Malibu Moon
9- Takaful,
by Bernardini
7- Imperial Hint,
by Imperialism
10- El Deal,
by Munnings