Updated on 09/02/2014 10:17AM

Watchmaker Watch: Weekly divisional ratings


Updated: September 2, 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
Skipped Woodward; that is cause for pause
2 – Wise Dan,
by Wiseman’s Ferry
Gutsy in comeback; may return to dirt in fall
3 – Lea,
by First Samurai
Return appears imminent for this big talent
4 – Moreno (5),
by Ghostzapper
Very little between him, Itsmyluckyday

5- Itsmyluckyday (6),
by Lawyer Ron
8- Moonshine Mullin,
by Albert the Great
6- Game On Dude (4),
by Awesome Again
9- Will Take Charge,
by Unbridled’s Song
7- Zivo,
by True Direction
10- Majestic Harbor,
by Rockport Harbor

Older Females

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1 – Close Hatches,
by First Defence
Personal Ensign win adds to imposing résumé
2 – Princess of Sylmar,
by Majestic Warrior
Just doesn't look like the filly she once was
3 – Beholder,
by Henny Hughes
Will return in Zenyatta; main title contender
4 – Midnight Lucky,
by Midnight Lute
She is brilliant in races at a mile or under

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

3-Year-Old Males

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1 – Shared Belief,
by Candy Ride
Right now, he's the best horse in America
2 – California Chrome,
by Lucky Pulpit
Has the résumé, but eclipsed by a monster
3 – Wicked Strong,
by Hard Spun
Ran a huge race in a weirdly run Travers
4 – Tonalist,
by Tapit
Also ran big in that odd running of Travers

5- V. E. Day,
by English Channel
8- Constitution,
by Tapit
6- Bayern,
by Offlee Wild
9- Commissioner,
by A.P. Indy
7- Danza,
by Street Boss
10- Atreides (new),
by Tapit

3-Year-Old Females

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1 – Untapable,
by Tapit
Still dominant here despite Haskell defeat
2 – Stopchargingmaria,
by Tale of the Cat
Massive gap between Untapable and the rest
3 – Sweet Reason,
by Street Sense
So effective at one turn; why stretch out?
4 – Artemis Agrotera,
by Roman Ruler
Suddenly emerged as a female sprint force

5- Stonetastic (new),
by Unbridled’s Song
8- Fiftyshadesofgold (7),
by My Golden Song
6- My Miss Sophia (5),
by Unbridled’s Song
9- Room Service (8),
by More Than Ready
7- Unbridled Forever (6),
by My Golden Song
10- Rosalind (9),
by Broken Vow

2-Year-Old males

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1 – Competitive Edge (2),
by Super Saver
Followed big debut with easy Hopeful win
2 – I Spent It (1),
by Super Saver
Sar. Special winner no match in Hopeful
3 – Mr. Z,
by Malibu Moon
Solid when second in two Saratoga stakes
4 – Souper Colossal (new),
by War Front
Already has a strong two-turn stakes win

5- Blofield (8),
by Quality Road
8- Big Trouble (4),
by Quality Road
6- El Kabeir (new),
by Scat Daddy
9- Upstart,
by Flatter
7- Skyway (6),
by Sky Mesa
10- Carpe Diem (new),
by Giant's Causeway

2 Year-Old Females

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1 – Cavorting,
by Bernardini
Impressive Adirondack win from off pace
2 – Sunset Glow (4),
by Exchange Rate
Won the division's two big Del Mar stakes
3 – Condo Commando (new),
by Tiz Wonderful
Her huge Spinaway score was bias-aided
4 – Her Emmynency (new),
by Successful Appeal
Sharp second in the Del Mar Debutante

5- Luminance (2),
by Tale of the Cat
8- Fashion Alert (7),
by Old Fashioned
6- Tara's Tango (3),
by Unbridled's Song
9- Wonder Gal,
by Tiz Wonderful
7- Angela Renee (6),
by Bernardini
10- By the Moon (new),
by Indian Charlies

Turf Males

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1 – Wise Dan,
by Wiseman’s Ferry
The definition of heart winning the Baruch
2 – Seek Again,
by Speightstown
Was two days the best in the Fourstardave
3 – Main Sequence,
by Aldebaran
Think he's best of the distance turf males
4 – Tom's Tribute,
by Lion Heart
It's now his turn to be SoCal's top miler

5- Imagining,
by Giant’s Causeway
8- Magician,
by Galileo
6- Obviously,
by Choisir
9- Real Solution,
by Kitten’s Joy
7- Hardest Core,
by Hard Spun
10- Winning Prize,
by Pure Prize

Turf Females

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1 – Euro Charline,
by Myboycharlie
Only 3, but won division's best race so far
2 – Stephanie's Kitten,
by Kitten's Joy
No more positional speed, but very sharp
3 – Riposte,
by Dansili
New York Stakes score was strong effort
4 – Coffee Clique,
by Medaglia d’Oro
Diana result flattered her Just a Game win

5- Somali Lemonade,
by Lemon Drop Kid
8- Miss Serendipity (new),
by Not For Sale
6- Just The Judge,
by Lawman
9- Parranda (10),
by English Channel
7- Abaco,
by Giant's Causeway
10- Dayatthespa (8),
by City Zip


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1 – Palace (7),
by City Zip
Managed "only" two Gr. 1 wins at Saratoga
2 – Secret Circle (1),
by Eddington
Makes it count when he answers the bell
3 – Bayern (2),
by Offlee Wild
Maybe he should return to extended sprints
4 – Goldencents,
by Into Mischief
Return to speed tactics resulted in big effort

5- Big Macher,
by Beau Genius
8- Central Banker,
by Speightstown
6- Wild Dude,
by Wildcat Heir
9- Shakin It Up,
by Midnight Lute
7- Clearly Now (3),
by Horse Greeley
10- The Big Beast,
by Yes It's True


Kenny 7 hours ago
Wheres Optimizer?
Kenny 7 hours ago
So now Dale Romans is putting Medal Count back on grass at 1 5/16 at KY Downs after running him at 1 1/8 in the Haskell which was a strange call itself since monmouth race was a cut back and over an oval notorious favoring speed......the obvious spots to run this horse were A) Belmont Derby 1A) Travers, B) Secreteriat C) Saranac........what happened to he the best dirt horse I ever trained? One garbage race over a speed favoring track and its off to KY Downs....can you say mismanaged?
Beenthere Donethat 10 hours ago
Thanks Mike. this used to be a drf feature that was available at all times, sometimes slow to update, but it was nice to have there. I don't always agree, but It is nice to see it again.
Helene Beides 10 hours ago
Pirate's Trove a 3yr old undefeated filly who races at Woodbine will prove to be the best filly sprinter in the country.
Anne Baxter 11 hours ago
I just hope they don't run CE more than twice on the Gulfstream pavement.
ohara_dustin 14 hours ago
Palace such nice horse
Craig Wheeler 15 hours ago
LOL...Hey, Mike! I checked the "Watch" column this morning before 10am and it was still the old one; Long weekend? You know we need our fix as early as possible. ;-) Take Care & Thank You as always, Sir. ~ cw
Joel Firsching 16 hours ago
the final eighth of a mile was run in 14 seconds for the hopeful winner. the rest came home in 15 seconds. any good handicapper knows that is very slow for any grade 1 race.
jim lefferts 15 hours ago
Any good handicapper knows the 22.17 second quarter is why they came home so slowly. The final 1/8 meant nothing in that race. Grade 1 colts in the Forego went 22.75 to that same fraction and the Spinaway went 23.43. Competitive Edge did what he had to do and put away a very nice colt in I Spent It after a prolonged duel from 5/16 to the 1/8 pole. He put 15 lengths in 3rd and big gaps through the rest of the field. The final time was not a good indicator of his performance.
Héctor Lebrón 16 hours ago
Good grief, why is Wise Dan in second place?
dameian ramsay 13 hours ago
Tell him to win a dirt race
Pagani Zonda 5 days ago
Conquest Tsunami should be on that list for 2 year old males. 4-4 and two stakes wins under his belt. He has won on Poly and Turf.
Pagani Zonda 5 days ago
You have Debut winners in the top 5 2 year old males?...lol
martymar . 17 hours ago
the rider think there is only racing in Delmar and Saratoga
martymar . 16 hours ago
err writer*