Updated on 03/02/2015 8:56AM

Watchmaker Watch: Weekly divisional ratings


Updated: March 2, 2015. 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 – Shared Belief,
by Candy Ride
Clearly best in San Antonio; Big Cap is next
2 – California Chrome,
by Lucky Pulpit
Fine second to top one; on to the Dubai Cup
3 – Bayern,
by Offlee Wild
Good to see this one back on the workout tab
4 – Constitution,
by Tapit
Would love now to see him win away from GP

5- Lea,
by First Samurai
8- Wicked Strong,
by Hard Spun
6- Palace Malice,
by Curlin
9- Hoppertunity,
by Any Given Saturday
7- Tonalist,
by Tapit
10- V.E. Day,
by English Channel


Older Dirt Females

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1 – Untapable,
by Tapit
Champ dominated at 3; should keep on rolling
2 – Beholder,
by Henny Hughes
Two-time champ will be on a mission this year
3 – Don't Tell Sophia,
by Congaree
Tough, consistent, and has never been better
4 – Stopchargingmaria,
by Tale of the Cat
Did have a very accomplished 3yo campaign

5- Judy the Beauty (6),
by Ghostzapper
8- Warren's Veneda (9),
by Affirmative
6- Sweet Reason (7),
by Street Sense
9- House Rules (10),
by Distorted Humor
7- Artemis Agrotera (8),
by Roman Ruler
10- Mufajaah (new),
by Tapit

3-Year-Old Males

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1 – Dortmund,
by Big Brown
Showed big heart to prevail in the R.B. Lewis
2 – Firing Line,
by Line of David
The Lewis was a very, very strongly run race
3 – American Pharoah,
by Pioneerof the Nile
Aggressive workout pattern; Rebel the target
4 – Texas Red,
by Afleet Alex
Injury came at awful time; Derby in question

5- Upstart,
by Flatter
8- Far From Over,
by Blame
6- Carpe Diem,
by Giant's Causeway
9- Khozan,
by Distorted Humor
7- Daredevil,
by More Than Ready
10- Itsaknockout,
by Lemon Drop Kid

3-Year-Old Females

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1 – Take Charge Brandi,
by Giant's Causeway
Champ's Martha Washington win wasn't great
2 – I'm a Chatterbox,
by Munnings
Vastly improved filly is in raging form now
3 – Lady Eli,
by Divine Park
This turfer is among the most talented here
4 – Peace and War,
by War Front
Barn has huge plans for the Alcibiades winner

5- Condo Commando,
by Tiz Wonderful
8- Stellar Wind (new),
by Curlin
6- Top Decile,
by Congrats
9- Callback (8),
by Street Sense
7- Sunset Glow,
by Exchange Rate
10- Birdatthewire (9),
by Summer Bird

Turf Males

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1 – Main Sequence,
by Aldebaran
On to Dubai after most impressive 2015 bow
2 – Wise Dan,
by Wiseman’s Ferry
Rooting for past champ to come back strong
3 – California Chrome,
by Lucky Pulpit
Turf now an option; how much will he use it?
4 – Finnegan's Wake,
by Powerscourt
Much improved; currently top gun in SoCal

5- Twilight Ecipse,
by Purim
8- Mshawish,
by Medaglia d'Oro
6- Hardest Core,
by Hard Spun
9- Imagining,
by Giant's Causeway
7- Obviously,
by Choisir
10- Tourist,
by Tiznow

Turf Females

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1 – Dayatthespa,
by City Zip
Chance divisional champ remains in training
2 – Stephanie's Kitten,
by Kitten's Joy
Didn't sell in Nov.; 2015 bow is coming up
3 – Euro Charline,
by Myboycharlie
Hope is this world traveler will return to U.S.
4 – Crown Queen,
by Smart Strike
Perfect at 3; her best races are in front of her

5- Riposte,
by Dansili
8- Testa Rossi,
by Dr Fong
6- Irish Mission,
by Giant's Causeway
9- Emollient,
by Empire Maker
7- Hard Not to Like,
by Hard Spun
10- La Tia,
by City Place


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1 – Palace,
by City Zip
Won two Gr. 1s last year; division is open
2 – Work All Week,
by City Zip
Reigning champ is 10 for 10 on dirt tracks
3 – Private Zone,
by Macho Uno
Solid even if his Cigar Mile was bias-aided
4 – Secret Circle,
by Eddington
Effort in Palos Verdes with blinkers was huge

5- Conquest Two Step,
by Two Step Salsa
8- Judy the Beauty,
by Ghostzapper
6- Wild Dude,
by Wildcat Heir
9- Big Macher,
by Beau Genius
7- Salutos Amigos,
by Salute the Sarge
10- The Big Beast,
by Yes It's True


Anonymous 9 hours ago
Looks like Dortmund will get his first loss this weekend to either prospect park or Ocho Ocho Ocho!!!!!!! Anyway, if you box those 3 horses in trifecta, and the heavy favor Dortmund comes 2nd or 3rd, it will not pay!!! So why bet at all???
Forego137 4 days ago
This early in the season and the Weekly Divisional Ratings look in order, of course this will change more and more as the yr. goes on. One thing you can count on is SHARED BELIEF will be on top of Older Male rankings as long as he remains healthy and getting mugged along the way.........
Matthew Hood 7 days ago
Glad to see the categories make a little more sense now with the Older Dirt Male/Female listing, instead of the turf horses being mixed with the dirt ones.
Carolyn Wyatt 10 days ago
My handicapping was 100 % wrong. My racing nest egg is 100% gone. Upstart is on his way to top 3 in Watchmaker rankings.
Carolyn Wyatt 11 days ago
Headed to track Sat 2/21 to bet 5 (Imperia) / all exacta. After Upstart loss in FOY I expect to see Imperia at #4 in next Watchmaker rankings. $18 exactas will be nice if my 2nd place pick Bluff comes in.
Ann Maree 12 days ago
Just wondering if you thought, as some have suggested, that maybe Dortmund didn't re-rally and come back as much as Firing Line was slowing down and getting tired. From your commentary, I have surmised that you felt Dortmund deserved some credit for re-rallying. When I first watched the race, it seemed to me that Dortmund did re-rally, and it was very impressive.
Capo Capo 13 days ago
Upstart #7?? Firing line hit the wall.
Ian GW 13 days ago
Close Hatches gets no respect. Hope Mott gets her ready to beat up on them again and stays in form. She has a tricky form cycle.
John Murray 6 days ago
I believe she has been retired. Good mare.
Steven Rolf 14 days ago
Far right is a horse worth mentioning,it is very very hard to close in the stretch at oaklawn in 1 mile races
Carolyn Wyatt 16 days ago
Rain expected at Risen Star 2/21 for Top Ten hopefuls.