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Watchmaker Watch: Weekly divisional ratings


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Updated: March 19, 2018. 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 – Gun Runner,
by Candy Ride
Set the standard the others here must surpass
2 – West Coast,
by Flatter
Dubai Cup is up next for the 3yo male champ
3 – Sharp Azteca,
by Freud
Poor Pegasus tactics, miler is better than that
4 – Accelerate,
by Lookin At Lucky
Romping Big Cap winner is red hot right now

5- Mor Spirit,
by Eskendereya
8- Always Dreaming,
by Bodemeister
6- Collected,
by City Zip
9- Good Samaritan,
by Harlan's Holiday
7- Diversify,
by Bellamy Road
10- Hoppertunity,
by Any Given Saturday

Older Females

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1 – Forever Unbridled,
by Unbridled's Song
Defending divisional champ is Dubai Cup-bound
2 – Unique Bella,
by Tapit
Got over cough quickly, Apple Blossom is next
3 – Abel Tasman,
by Quality Road
Note the top 3 are 2017 Eclipse Award winners
4 – Stellar Wind,
by Curlin
Did beat half of the field in the Pegasus Cup

5- Paradise Woods,
by Union Rags
8- Salty,
by Quality Road
6- Elate,
by Medaglia d'Oro
9- Martini Glass (10),
by Kitalpha
7- Vale Dori,
by Asiatic Boy
10- Fault (new),
by Blame

3-Year-Old Males

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1 – Bolt d'Oro,
by Medaglia d'Oro
Huge effort off layoff in San Felipe, big talent
2 – McKinzie,
by Street Sense
Tough dq in San Felipe, top two obviously close
3 – Justify,
by Scat Daddy
Freakish colt might be the best of them all here
4 – Magnum Moon (9),
by Malibu Moon
Another big talent, might be best outside SoCal

5- Good Magic (4),
by Curlin
8- Promises Fulfilled (7),
by Shackleford
6- Audible,
by Into Mischief
9- Strike Power (8),
by Speightstown
7- Solomini (5),
by Curlin
10- Enticed,
by Medaglia d'Oro

3-Year-Old Females

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1 – Caledonia Road,
by Quality Road
Champ's 3yo bow is delayed due to ankle chip
2 – Road to Victory,
by Quality Road
Won strong Golden Rod last fall, no recent works
3 – Monomoy Girl,
by Tapizar
About five days the best in the Rachel Alexandra
4 – Rushing Fall,
by More Than Ready
Turf specialist was an impressive 3 for 3 at 2

5- Dream Tree,
by Uncle Mo
8- Moonshine Memories,
by Malibu Moon
6- Midnight Bisou,
by Midnight Lute
9- Separationofpowers,
by Candy Ride
7- Alluring Star,
by Exchange Rate
10- Fly So High,
by Malibu Moon

Turf Males

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1 – World Approval,
by Northern Afleet
Champ merits a pass for his dull try in the Kilroe
2 – Beach Patrol,
by Lemon Drop Kid
A force last year, working steadily now in Florida
3 – Sadler's Joy,
by Kitten's Joy
Powerful kick was evident in winning 5yo debut
4 – Oscar Performance,
by Kitten's Joy
Had a lucrative 3yo season, can be better now at 4

5- Bigger Picture,
by Badge of Silver
8- Hayabusa One,
by Siyouni
6- Itsinthepost,
by American Post
9- Heart to Heart,
by English Channel
7- Mo Town,
by Uncle Mo
10- Bowies Hero,
by Artie Schiller

Turf Females

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1 – Off Limits,
by Mastercraftsman
Unfavorable setup in Tampa, gets another shot
2 – Hawksmoor,
by Azamour
Grade 1-level player's works are getting serious
3 – Fourstar Crook,
by Dansili
Won this division's strongest race so far this year
4 – Dona Bruja,
by Storm Embrujado
Impressed winning Endeavour in seasonal bow

5- War Flag,
by War Front
8- La Coronel,
by Colonel John
6- Cambodia,
by War Front
9- Daddy's Lil Darling,
by Scat Daddy
7- Proctor's Ledge,
by Ghostzapper
10- Fault (new),
by Blame


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1 – Roy H,
by More Than Ready
Absurdly easy win for the champ in 2018 debut
2 – Imperial Hint,
by Imperialism
Proved he's for real in excellent 2017 campaign
3 – Sharp Azteca,
by Freud
Versatile, but at his very best in one-turn events
4 – City of Light,
by Quality Road
Boasts two straight Grade 1 wins, in career form

5- Mind Your Biscuits,
by Posse
8- Coal Front,
by Stay Thirsty
6- Ransom the Moon,
by Malibu Moon
9- American Pastime,
by Tapizar
7- American Anthem,
by Bodemeister
10- Whitmore,
by Pleasantly Perfect