Updated on 04/21/2014 9:41AM

Watchmaker Watch: Weekly divisional ratings


Updated: April 21, 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 – Wise Dan,
by Wiseman's Ferry
Want to see him try different things this year
2 – Game On Dude,
by Awesome Again
I'm not going to hold the CT loss against him
3 – Lea,
by First Samurai
His dirt efforts at GP have been a revelation
4 – Will Take Charge,
by Unbridled's Song
Got job done in controversial Oaklawn Cap

5- Mucho Macho Man,
by Macho Uno
8- Revolutionary (9),
by War Pass
6- Palace Malice,
by Curlin
9- Moreno (new),
by Ghostzapper
7- Normandy Invasion (8),
by Tapit
10- Romanish,
by Bernardini

Older Females

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1 – Beholder,
by Henry Hughes
Beautiful return; it's on now for the Phipps
2 – Princess of Sylmar,
by Majestic Warrior
Ready for clash with top one in the Phipps
3 – Close Hatches,
by First Defence
Planning to tackle top two on Belmont Day
4 – Groupie Doll,
by Bowman's Band
How can she retire after an effort like that?

5- Dreaming of Julia,
by A.P. Indy
8- Iotapa,
by Afleet Alex
6- Midnight Lucky,
by Midnight Lute
9- On Fire Baby,
by Smoke Glacken
7- Let Faith Arise,
by Kafwain
10- Wedding Toast,
by Street Sense

3-Year-Old Males

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1 – California Chrome,
by Lucky Pulpit
Goes to the Derby as a deserving favorite
2 – Hoppertunity,
by Any Given Saturday
Second to #1 in SA Derby was quite good
3 – Wicked Strong,
by Hard Spun
Liked his decisive Wood victory. A lot.
4 – Constitution,
by Tapit
Shame he's sidelined; talented, and gutsy

5- Wildcat Red,
by D'wildcat
8- Samraat,
by Noble Causeway
6- Tapiture,
by Tapit
9- Social Inclusion,
by Pioneerof the Nile
7- Danza,
by Street Boss
10- Vicar's in Trouble,
by Into Mischief

3-Year-Old Females

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1 – Untapable,
by Tapit
So much the best here right now it's silly
2 – She's A Tiger,
by Tale of the Cat
Every start from 2yo filly champ is good
3 – My Miss Sophia,
by Unbridled's Song
Had easy lead in Gazelle, but she can run
4 – Ria Antonia,
by Rockport Harbor
Good try at SA when pace compromised

5- Fashion Plate,
by Old Fashioned
8- Unbridled Forever,
by Unbridled's Song
6- Awesome Baby,
by Awesome Again
9- Onlyforyou,
by Malibu Moon
7- Fiftyshadesofgold,
by My Golden Song
10- In Tune,
by Unbridled's Song

Turf Males

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1 – Wise Dan,
by Wiseman's Ferry
Short in 7yo bow; still won, will improve
2 – Big Blue Kitten,
by Kitten's Joy
Last year a breakthrough season for him
3 – Little Mike,
by Spanish Steps
Old pro is eligible to run huge at any time
4 – Winning Prize,
by Pure Prize
Best grass miler in California right now

5- Real Solution,
by Kitten's Joy
8- Silentio,
by Silnet Name
6- Lochte,
by Medaglia d'Oro

9- Amira's Prince,
by Teofilo

7- Suggestive Boy,
by Easing Along
10- Za Approval,
by Ghostzapper

Turf Females

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1 – Alterite,
by Literato
Sharp third in BC bodes well for this year
2 – Tiz Flirtatious,
by Tizbud
Tailed off late in '13; still had fine season
3 – Tannery,
by Dylan Thomas
She finished up 2013 in career-best form
4 – Discreet Marq,
by Discreet Cat
Nice second at Keeneland in her 4yo debut

5- Better Lucky,
by Ghostzapper
8- Kitten's Point,
by Kitten's Joy
6- Pontchatrain,
by War Front
9- Hard Not to Like,
by Hard Spun
7- Centre Court,
by Smart Strike
10- Stephanie's Kitten,
by Kitten's Joy


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1 – Secret Circle,
by Eddington
Missed Count Fleet for a bizarre reason
2 – Sahara Sky,
by Pleasant Tap
Better than his second in the Carter Cap
3 – Big Macher,
by Beay Genius
Few around who are tougher than him
4 – Wild Dude,
by Wildcat Heir
Very little between him and Big Macher

5- Groupie Doll,
by Bowman's Band
8- Gentlemen's Bet,
by Half Ours
6- Private Zone,
by Macho Uno
9- Judy the Beauty,
by Ghostzapper
7- Goldencents,
by Into Mischief
10- Dads Caps,
by Discreet Cat


Joseph Diamadi 10 hours ago
I agree with "Joe momma" DRF has gone to the dogs, with there pop ups that are so aggravating. I hear "Mike Beer" has left, and so are my little group of 4 players. Mike Welsch, is tops. Try "Bloodhorse. com" it's what DRF should be.
James 18 hours ago
Mike, How do you choose your sprinters? Last year you left Groupie Doll off list until the fal and now that she's retired she keeps showing up? Judy the Beauty 9th? La Verdad not on the list?
Edward Nelson 1 days ago
Game on dude shpuld be about 7th on rhe list, no where near 2nd. There is so much more talent then him.
Kenny 1 days ago
john g 1 days ago
Rosie may pull out a shocker Derby/Oaks double win, Vicars in Trouble and Untapable., and it would be all over but the crying and counting the money all the way to the bank.
tim blake 3 days ago
I agree with most of your ratings save a few. But saying that Game On Dude's most recent win was his most important? Even someone as optimistic as you has to know that he won because we was over 3-1 for a change and 3rd betting choice in the race. If he'd been 3/5 like normal, he'd have tried a lot harder to find a way to lose.
tim blake 3 days ago
And just so I am not misunderstood, I do not mean that the horse would have found a way to lose. I love the horse.
Bob Welde 7 days ago
California Chrome is a joke, he will be lucky to be 4th in the Kentucky Derby!! The only reason he is picked 1st is because hes a California horse. We will se come Derby day!!!
Lawrence MacSelwiney 7 days ago
Wow. You need glasses or a different hobby. Name another horse in the derby field with the same qualities as California Chrome. Chrome has gate speed, he's tractable, long fluid stride, doesn't hit the ground hard, doesn't need the lead to win, can come home in 12 shutdown and consistently win. Give me another horse that has that on their resume and I'll be right there with you at the window. There isn't another horse in the field in the same zip-code right now.
david scheff 1 days ago
he just wants to sound smart, California Chrome can carve out fractions no one else can, sure anything can happen in a 20 horse field but to say he will be lucky to be 4th is just trying to sound like like a wise guy.
B 1 days ago
I hope you and the guy above you are right and I'm rooting for him, but Santa Anita & Los Alamitos are not remotely the same as Churchill Downs. This tricky surface has brought down better horses than California Chrome & while I agree that on paper he is the best horse in the race, I am cautious. His connections not bringing him to CD until just before the race also gives me pause, but the really special ones usually overcome most obstacles. We shall see.
Harry Strongosky 10 hours ago
Could'nt agree more Lawrence, Hoping for a good Draw. Dont know if thats gona matter much either. Got CC 32-1 future. Still rooting hard for the non blue blood!
Harry Strongosky 11 hours ago
How do you like your crow Bob medium or well?
Joe momma 7 days ago
Time to move on people... DRF has become a joke!!! Its not that they charge a premium..its that they charge a premium for garbage!! Im sorry to say but Andy Beyer, Mike Watchmaker, et al have become less than useless! The ONLY handicapper worth his salt is Mike Welsch..his workout assessments are spot on!! He has a tremendous eye in the morning Go to Bloodhorse!!! Great in depth articles..a great detailed Derby top 10..and Haskin is a very good handicapper!! Adios DRF
Mike Cooper 6 days ago
chad mc rory 7 days ago
Wise Dan has achieved greatness. "Short in return?" Nuh-uh... I was there JV put the stick away at the 70 yard pole. I look to and hope for a rerun of last year. Go On Dan.
Gunner 7 days ago
Glad you were there. Must of been pretty great. Always is when a top jock puts the stick away and covers up on the best.
chad mc rory 7 days ago
And Judy The Beauty does look like the next Groupie Doll. When she levels out, it's all fluid motion
Hail No 7 days ago
Ahh, Judy, Judy, Judy!! Love that girl, and I mistakenly singled her in my BC pik-4, (got a break when Ria was moved up) thinking Judy would have the best chance! Everyone had their chance, but the "Doll" was n a class all by herself, that BC race might have been the most courageous, grittiest, and certainly the most determined effort exemplified by a racehorse all weekend! I stood and applauded her, that's how much I enjoyed and appreciated that race!
Mike Cooper 6 days ago
Blah, blah, blah. Runs against really inferior opposition in the U.S., picks up a pay check, walks away. Head to Europe or Hong Kong for real turf racing. The handle in Hong Kong is 12 Billion per racing season, Santa Anita is 700 million. The best horses go where the money is and it's not the U.S.
B 1 days ago
Blunt, but I have to unfortunately agree.
Anne Baxter 7 days ago
Who in this world would trust these people with a credit card number?!?!!??!!?!??!