Updated on 07/28/2014 9:50AM

Watchmaker Watch: Weekly divisional ratings


Updated: July 28, 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 – Palace Malice,
by Curlin
Eager to see him back at 2 turns in Whitney
2 – Wise Dan,
by Wiseman’s Ferry
Looks like the champ is progressing well
3 – Lea,
by First Samurai
Huge on dirt at GP, working for Woodward?
4 – Game On Dude,
by Awesome Again
Still was most impressive winner of Big Cap

5- Moonshine Mullin,
by Albert the Great
8- Majestic Harbor,
by Rockport Harbor
6- Will Take Charge,
by Unbridled’s Song
9- Zivo,
by True Direction
7- Mucho Macho Man,
by Macho Uno
10- Itsmyluckyday (new),
by Lawyer Ron

Older Females

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1 – Close Hatches,
by First Defence
She earned this ranking with her Phipps win
2 – Princess of Sylmar,
by Majestic Warrior
Pace-compromised at Del; still ran only so-so
3 – Beholder,
by Henny Hughes
You know she’s better than her Phipps try
4 – Midnight Lucky,
by Midnight Lute
She is brilliant in races at a mile or under

5- Iotapa,
by Afleet Alex
8- Molly Morgan (7),
by Ghostzapper
6- On Fire Baby,
by Smoke Glacken
9- Wedding Toast (8),
by Street Sense
7- Antipathy (new),
by A.P. Indy
10- Let Faith Arise (9),
by Kafwain

3-Year-Old Males

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1 – California Chrome,
by Lucky Pulpit
Has accomplished the most here, by far
2 – Shared Belief (3),
by Candy Ride
He will make for an intriguing second half
3 – Bayern (5),
by Offlee Wild
last two performances were fast, powerful
4 – Tonalist (2),
by Tapit
Jim Dandy a mere prep; he will improve

5- Wicked Strong (6),
by Hard Spun
8- Commissioner,
by A.P. Indy
6- Danza (4),
by Street Boss
9- Medal Count,
by Dynaformer
7- Constitution,
by Tapit
10- Ride On Curlin,
by Curlin

3-Year-Old Females

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1 – Untapable,
by Tapit
Still dominant here despite Haskell defeat
2 – My Miss Sophia,
by Unbridled’s Song
Good before Acorn flop; Test stakes next
3 – Sweet Reason,
by Street Sense
There’s no doubt she’s better at one turn
4 – Stopchargingmaria,
by Tale of the Cat
CCA Oaks score was her best effort yet

5- Unbridled Forever,
by Unbridled’s Song
8- Rosalind,
by Broken Vow
6- Fiftyshadesofgold,
by My Golden Song
9- Awesome Baby,
by Awesome Again
7- Room Service,
by More Than Ready
10- Fashion Plate,
by Old Fashioned

Turf Males

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1 – Wise Dan,
by Wiseman’s Ferry
Great to see him approaching his return
2 – Obviously,
by Choisir
Strongly flattered by Eddie Read result
3 – Real Solution,
by Kitten’s Joy
Solid when he doesn’t lapse into hanging
4 – Winning Prize,
by Pure Prize
Was best miler in SoCal, ’til Shoemaker

5- Seek Again,
by Speightstown
8- Silver Max,
by Badge of Silver
6- Little Mike,
by Spanish Steps
9- Main Sequence,
by Aldebaran
7- Imagining,
by Giant’s Causeway
10- Tom's Tribute,
by Lion Heart

Turf Females

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1 – Riposte,
by Dansili
New York Stakes win was convincing one
2 – Coffee Clique,
by Medaglia d’Oro
Her Just a Game win got a boost in Diana
3 – Somali Lemonade,
by Lemon Drop Kid
Has turned her career around with blinkers
4 – Stephanie's Kitten,
by Kitten's Joy
She's not done yet; fine effort in the Diana

5- Discreet Marq,
by Discreet Cat
8- Pontchatrain,
by War Front
6- Parranda,
by English Channel
9- Hard Not to Like,
by Hard Spun
7- Tannery,
by Dylan Thomas
10- Strathnaver,
by Oasis Dream


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1 – Secret Circle,
by Eddington
Makes it count when he answers the bell
2 – Bayern (3),
by Offlee Wild
Doubt he'll sprint again anytime soon
3 – Clearly Now (4),
by Horse Greeley
His Bel race was best sprint effort of year
4 – Goldencents (2),
by Into Mischief
Second place finishes starting to pile up

5- Big Macher,
by Beau Genius
8- Shakin It Up,
by Midnight Lute
6- Wild Dude,
by Wildcat Heir
9- Declassify,
by Orientate
7- Central Banker,
by Speightstown
10- Sahara Sky,
by Pleasant Tap


Ann Maree 3 days ago
Am curious, Mike. when will you be adding a category for 2-Year Olds?
Chad mc rory 7 days ago
I'd like to be able to say that the main track at Saratoga is "normalizing" but...
Tony 7 days ago
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Bob less than 1 minute ago
I never understood why this is the only sport where you pay for information ...past performances included. NFL , MLB , etc....isn't it enough we bet on it ?
Cecil Jackson 10 days ago
looking for la downs best bets
Merrill 12 days ago
Watchmaker has lost a step in his rating of top race horses. He is not a very good handicapper either. Sorry
Merrill 12 days ago
I would not pay 4 cents a year for DRF Plus. Your reporting is not all that exclusive. DRF a become quite he rag over the past 20 years and now it is all about gouging. I expect that this comment will be censured and tossed in the trash. I know that you do this with negative comments.
Mark Kennedy 12 days ago
i dont understand what has happened to drf I still think mike does a good job it is his opinion but DRF has gone in the dumps when it comes the almighty dollar i would never pay for drf plus
Mark Kennedy 13 days ago
I ALSO HAVE A QUESTION YOU HAVE goldencents as number 10 on your older males behind obviously palice malice but you have Palice malice nowhere on your sprinters and you have gpoldencents number 2 and palice malice beat goldencents in the met mile
Alex Sterioff 13 days ago
Still waiting for Watchmaker to acknowledge the best 3 year old filly. Sunday Rules!
Mark Kennedy 13 days ago
i would like to say and no disrespectbut if you are going to post a watch and allow folks to respond it would be nice if you answered posters back.
Mark Kennedy 13 days ago
i disagree i think bayern is a lot better than you think