Updated on 04/17/2014 9:03AM

Watchmaker Watch: Weekly divisional ratings


Updated: April 14, 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
Newest Big Cap was his most important win
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- Normandy Invasion,
by Tapit
6- Palace Malice,
by Curlin
9- Revolutionary (new),
by War Pass
7- Cross Traffic,
by Unbridled's Song
10- Romanish,
by Bernardini

Older Females

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1 – Beholder,
by Henry Hughes
Shooting for her third straight championship
2 – Princess of Sylmar,
by Majestic Warrior
Ready for clash with top one in the Phipps
3 – Close Hatches,
by First Defence
Planning to take on the top two in the Phipps
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 (3),
by Any Given Saturday
Second to #1 in SA Derby was quite good
3 – Wicked Strong (4),
by Hard Spun
Liked his decisive Wood victory. A lot.
4 – Constitution (5),
by Tapit
Inexperienced, but is talented, and gutsy

5- Wildcat Red (6),
by D'wildcat
8- Samraat (7),
by Noble Causeway
6- Tapiture (2),
by Tapit
9- Social Inclusion (8),
by Pioneerof the Nile
7- Danza (new),
by Street Boss
10- Vicar's in Trouble (9),
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 (9),
by Silnet Name
6- Lochte (7),
by Medaglia d'Oro
9- Amira's Prince (10),
by Teofilo
7- Suggestive Boy (8),
by Easing Along
10- Za Approval (6),
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 (8),
by Discreet Cat
Nice second at Keeneland in her 4yo debut

5- Better Lucky (new),
by Ghostzapper
8- Kitten's Point (7),
by Kitten's Joy
6- Pontchatrain (4),
by War Front
9- Hard Not to Like (new),
by Hard Spun
7- Centre Court (6),
by Smart Strike
10- Stephanie's Kitten (new),
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 (6),
by Beay Genius
Few around who are tougher than him
4 – Wild Dude (3),
by Wildcat Heir
Very little between him and Big Macher

5- Groupie Doll (4),
by Bowman's Band
8- Gentlemen's Bet,
by Half Ours
6- Private Zone (5),
by Macho Uno
9- Judy the Beauty,
by Ghostzapper
7- Goldencents,
by Into Mischief
10- Dads Caps,
by Discreet Cat


tim blake 16 hours 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 16 hours 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 4 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 4 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.
Joe momma 4 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 4 days ago
chad mc rory 5 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 5 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 5 days ago
And Judy The Beauty does look like the next Groupie Doll. When she levels out, it's all fluid motion
Hail No 5 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 4 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.
Anne Baxter 5 days ago
Who in this world would trust these people with a credit card number?!?!!??!!?!??!
Anthony DiMartino 5 days ago
Hey MW, I have an interesting proposition it seems many loyal DRF fans are insulted by having to pay to read the majority of articles now on the website. But why not pass along the options to pay a set price per article ( example 10-15 cents per article). A lot of readers do not have the time nor the interest to read each and every article anyway. Also, it will be a beneficial situation for both DRF who will receive a small fee in return, and the Customers, who are not willing to commit to pay for a full time subscription. I know your certainly not chiefly responsible for this decision, but possibly you can get this message across to the individuals who can weigh out this option for debate
Jeff Brown 5 days ago
Wise Dan should not be noted in the older male division. there is separate turf division for him. if you leave them there, then why is alterite, as one example, not placed somewhere in the older female division? she is far more proven than many of the females there.
Gunner 5 days ago
Pretty sure that Wise Dan is the two time defending HOY and has run on all three surfaces and is being pointed to the Foster at CD in June. The real howl would be IF he was left off the list. What's next? Complain about DRF+? (hint: bet a little and it is free)
Raymond Roberts 5 days ago
Time to walk soon.Being shut off from video segments and mere opinion pieces unless you "subscribe"...other places to get these.I subscribe to bloodlines but why the DR when I'm only a casual fan..I don't need the pp's..I'd rather pay for Ragozin or Jerry Browns sheets on raceday
Mike Cooper 5 days ago
DRF is pushing a lot of fans to Blood Horse. DRF business model is archaic.
Anne Baxter 6 days ago
Blood-Horse is the only answer i have found. If they don't want you on their site how can one argue?
David Porco 6 days ago
Also surprised about how low Palace Malice is ranked given his recent 2 races...... not surprised that when I look at the DRF home page, 39 of 44 articles are for DRF+.... probably the highest percentage I have seen recently, not that I did not find the article about the WWE Exec winning the NHC qualifier so relevant to my interest in horse racing, NOT. I would think someone would be embarrassed by this, especially given the recent views posted lately on this new format..... isn't customer feedback relevant anymore?
Lawrence MacSelwiney 4 days ago
If you purchase a multi pack card its free.