Updated on 02/10/2016 9:41AM

Watchmaker Watch: Weekly divisional ratings


Updated: February 8, 2016. 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 – California Chrome,
by Lucky Pulpit
Primed now to show his best form in Dubai
2 – Dortmund,
by Big Brown
Only needs health to have a big 4yo season
3 – Frosted,
by Tapit
Prep race win in Dubai was picture perfect
4 – Mshawish (new),
by Mineshaft
Donn score was his best performance yet

5- Effinex (4),
by Mineshaft
8- Noble Bird (7),
by Birdstone
6- Keen Ice (5),
by Curlin
9- Texas Red (8),
by Afleet Alex
7- Firing Line (6),
by Line of David
10- Hoppertunity (new),
by Any Given Saturday

Older Dirt Females

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1 – Beholder,
by Henny Hughes
So glad three-time champ is back this year
2 – Stopchargingmaria,
by Tale of the Cat
BC Distaff winner is also slated to return
3 – Sheer Drama,
by Burning Roma
Proved in 2015 that she's near the top here
4 – Stellar Wind,
by Curlin
Showed she can compete with elders in BC

5- Untapable,
by Tapit
8- Forever Unbridled,
by Unbridled's Song
6- I'm a Chatterbox,
by Munnings
9- Carrumba,
by Bernardini
7- Curalina,
by Curlin
10- Taris,
by Flatter

3-Year-Old Males             

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1 – Mohaymen,
by Tapit
Very impressive 3yo debut in the Holy Bull
2 – Nyquist,
by Uncle Mo
Undefeated, and a champ, but is vulnerable
3 – Mor Spirit (6),
by Eskendereya
Convincing victory in the Lewis; he's solid
4 – Airoforce (3),
by Colonel John
Ability on a fast track is a major question

5- Swipe (4),
by Birdstone
8- Exaggerator,
by Curlin
6- Brody's Cause (5),
by Giant's Causeway
9- Greenpointcrusader,
by Bernardini
7- Gift Box,
by Twirling Candy
10- Drefong,
by Gio Ponti

3-Year-Old Females

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1 – Songbird,
by Medaglia d'Oro
She's just in a league of her own right now
2 – Carina Mia,
by Malibu Moon
She's good, but the top one is something else
3 – Rachel's Valentina,
by Bernardini
Much work to do to close gap on the top one
4 – Catch a Glimpse,
by City Zip
Might be a turf specialist, but she's a runner

5- Cathryn Sophia,
by Street Boss
8- Lewis Bay (9),
by Bernardini
6- Stageplay,
by Curlin
9- Street Fancy (10),
by Street Sense
7- Gomo,
by Uncle Momo
10- Nickname (8),
by Scat Daddy

Turf Males

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1 – Big Blue Kitten,
by Kitten's Joy
Eclipse winner is back for yet another go
2 – The Pizza Man,
by English Channel
He's obviously better than he showed at GP
3 – Slumber,
by Cacique
Another old pro who looks like he'll be back
4 – Ironicus,
by Distorted Humor
Eager for this miler's return from injury

5- Grand Arch,
by Arch
8- Lukes Alley (new),
by Flower Alley
6- Twilight Eclipse,
by Purim
9- Obviously (10),
by Choisir
7- Flamboyant (new),
by Peer Gynt
10- Finnegans Wake (8),
by Powerscourt

Turf Females

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1 – Tepin,
by Bernstein
Divisional champ will race again this season
2 – Lady Eli,
by Divine Park
Fingers crossed for a storybook comeback
3 – Lady Shipman (new),
by Midshipman
May be a sprinter, but is an exceptional one
4 – Sentiero Italia (3),
by Medaglia d'Oro
Good in 2015, can be even better as a 4yo

5- Photo Call (4),
by Sadler's Wells
8- Her Emmynency (7),
by Successful Appeal
6- Dacita (5),
by Scat Daddy
9- Filimbi (8),
by Mizzen Mast
7- Miss Temple City (6),
by Temple City
10- Lady Lara (9),
by Excellent Art


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1 – Runhappy,
by Super Saver
The clear boss here until proven otherwise
2 – Private Zone,
by Macho Uno
He'll win plenty if he's kept under a mile
3 – Wild Dude,
by Wildcat Heir
He's a highly capable multiple Gr. 1 winner
4 – Favorite Tale,
by Tale of the Cat
Emerged last season as a significant player

5- Appealing Tale,
by Tale of the Cat
8- Kobe's Back (new),
by Flatter
6- X Y Jet,
by Kantharos
9- Ivan Fallunovalot (8),
by Valid Expectations
7- Marking,
by Bernardini
10- Trouble Kid (9),
by Harlan's Holiday


Rusty Jones 12 hours ago
Cannot fathom why Dothraki Queen is not in top 10 3 year old fillies after winning Grade 2, third in BC and 4 time Graded Stakes placed as 2 year old.
Joel Firsching 3 days ago
This saturdays top stakes races pointed out how important it is not to run your two year olds on lasix. The non lasix users at two dominated all of the older division stakes races. Rachel and songbird both have medaglia d oro and 49er sons breeding. Rachel wasnt rachel when she was 4 yrs old. Will songbird do the same ? The american pharoah 4 yr old class didnt show up this weekend either.
Chris Lowe 2 days ago
Forget about Frosted?
Joel Firsching 2 days ago
Never knew thursday was on the weekend. Who did he beat ? Last years world cup was easily won by a no name 8 yr old gelding. The turf horse, mshawish easily beats the injury plagued grade 1 dirt division. There is a big gap between the top turf horses and dirt division.
Melanie Thompson 3 days ago
Anyone know where or when Rachel's valentina is supposed to start her 3 year old season? I know typical pletcher she will have 1 start before the oaks. If that. Songbird is a beast.
Mark Kennedy 3 days ago
get ready to add TERRA PROMESSA SHE is good
Jack Armstead 6 days ago
Mike... is Ironicus coming back to racing? That horse had some real talent and would go through any hole that was open; even the rail. When I look at Swipe, I can't help but think of Sham running 2nd to Secretariat... but it gets worse. 4 times he's run 2nd to Nyquist (in a row).
Larry Kaufman 2 days ago
i heard a interview with shug last week. he is back in training at ocala and should make his comeback at keen eland. no doubt in my mind he would have won breeders cup
Jim Chait 9 days ago
Has no one noticed that the PP links for 3-YO Males & 3-YO Females are both STILL pointing to last years' 3 YOs? It has been so for all of 2016 even though the rankings have been up for weeks..................................
john g 9 days ago
Mike, just curious, what makes you mention that Nyquist is vulnerable ? Why would he be any more so than any other 3 year old. How could I not get on the Mohaymen band wagon after his win in the Holy Bull? he looked like he won without much effort.But, I'm really looking forward to watching Mor Spirit and Exaggerator. I really expect these two to come on later, especially Exaggerator out of Curlin. This is a really exciting time of year!
Franz Smythe 10 days ago
Watchmaker gets more senile every year. Funny stuff though!
Carolyn Wyatt 11 days ago
Akron Gold race 8 Gulfstream will go off 12-1 and win 1/31 on turf but will get notice in 3yo female rankings in future.
Carolyn Wyatt 9 days ago
ran 2nd 5.00 4.40 must have gone off at apprx 6-1
Larry Kaufman 13 days ago
california chrome will be off the board in dubai