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Watchmaker Watch: Weekly divisional ratings


Updated: August 18, 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
Uses his one free pass for his Whitney dud
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- Moreno,
by Ghostzapper
8- Moonshine Mullin,
by Albert the Great
6- Itsmyluckyday,
by Lawyer Ron
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
Training up a storm for the Personal Ensign
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,
by Ghostzapper
6- On Fire Baby,
by Smoke Glacken
9- Wedding Toast,
by Street Sense
7- Antipathy,
by A.P. Indy
10- Let Faith Arise,
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,
by Candy Ride
He will make for an intriguing second half
3 – Bayern,
by Offlee Wild
Last two performances were fast, powerful
4 – Tonalist,
by Tapit
Jim Dandy a mere prep; he will improve

5- Wicked Strong,
by Hard Spun
8- Commissioner,
by A.P. Indy
6- Danza,
by Street Boss
9- Medal Count,
by Dynaformer
7- Constitution,
by Tapit
10- Tapiture,
by Tapit

3-Year-Old Females

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1 – Untapable,
by Tapit
Still dominant here despite Haskell defeat
2 – Stopchargingmaria (3),
by Street Sense
Massive gap between Untapable and the rest
3 – Sweet Reason (2),
by Tale of the Cat
So effective at one turn; why stretch out?
4 – My Miss Sophia,
by Unbridled’s Song
Good before Acorn flop; shopping for spot

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

2-Year-Old males

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1 – I Spent It,
by Super Saver
Improved big time in Sar. Special score
2 – Competitive Edge,
by Super Saver
Super impressive winning Saratoga debut
3 – Mr. Z,
by Malibu Moon
Already second in two Saratoga stakes
4 – Big Trouble,
by Tiz Wonderful
Injured after Sanford win; career in doubt

5- Cinco Charlie,
by Indian Charlie
8- Blofeld (new),
by Quality Road
6- Skyway,
by Sky Mesa
9- Henry's Holiday (8),
by Harlan's Holiday
7- Wake Up Nick,
by Cindago
10- Requite,
by Warrior's Reward

2 Year-Old Females

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1 – Cavorting,
by Bernardini
Impressive Adirondack win from off pace
2 – Luminance,
by Tale of the Cat
Won debut like she might be So Cal's best
3 – Tara's Tango,
by Unbridled's Song
Also an eye-catching debut winner at Dmr
4 – Sunset Glow,
by Exchange Rate
Solid Sorrento score after big Ascot effort

5- Enchanting Lady,
by Tale of the Cat
8- La Grange,
by Curlin
6- Angela Renee,
by Bernardini
9- Wonder Gal,
by Tiz Wonderful
7- Fashion Alert,
by Old Fashioned
10- High Dollar Woman,
by Super Saver

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 – Seek Again,
by Speightstown
Was two days the best in the Fourstardave
4 – Main Sequence (8),
by Kitten’s Joy
Think he's best of the distance turf males

5- Imagining (7),
by Giant's Causeway
8- Real Solution (4),
by Kitten's Joy
6- Hardest Core (new),
by Hard Spun
9- Big Blue Kitten (6),
by Kitten's Joy
7- Magicican (new),
by Galileo
10- Winning Prize (5),
by Pure Prize

Turf Females

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

5- Somali Lemonade (3),
by Lemon Drop Kid
8- Parranda (6),
by English Channel
6- Just The Judge (new),
by Lawman
9- Filimbi (8),
by Mizzen Mast
7- Discreet Marq (5),
by Discreet Cat
10- Dayatthespa (9),
by City Zip


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

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- Palace,
by City Zip
10- Declassify,
by Orientate


Pagani Zonda 4 days ago
Imagining is still the top Turf horse over a mile in the USA. He did all the dirty work last out and got passed late by Main Sequence.
Carl Cuminale 4 days ago
Main Sequence is by Aldebaran.
Dee R. Eff 5 days ago
Main Sequence is by Kitten's Joy? That's news to me. You might want to check that. Also, the problem with one turf division is there is a big difference between a miler and router.
D R W 5 days ago
Istanford, Daring Dancer multiple stakes winners
riskit101 . 5 days ago
how can shared belief be ahead of Bayern...only cc and Bayern stand out this year as far as accomplishments go.....obviously SB is second based on potential not accomplishments
gabriel candelaria 5 days ago
Just a side note----how can i get your picks, prior to the race going off? I catch some of ur picks/comments in the ie. DRF Live Saratoga---but you don't have a graph/Formulator for all ur picks. Thxs...and appreciate your expertise.
martymar . 5 days ago
you're an idiot watchmaker, older turf horses winner of Arlington million on the list, 2nd place finisher on the list and oh wait where is up with the birds still not on the list but the last place horse is on the list
Edward Nelson 5 days ago
Such a Complaining Canadian fool you are, ehhh
Pagani Zonda 4 days ago
I hear a LOT of Yankees who a say EHH...so S.T.F.U .with the 1980's stereotype pal Shows your age, and maturity.
Pagani Zonda 4 days ago
It's ok, he went south and nobody closed on that slow pace in the Million. Come to Woodbine for the International and bring Imagining and Main Sequence with you and will see who is boss.
Anonymous 5 days ago
No Om?
Helene Beides 5 days ago
If you list Main Sequence 4th, then you have to include Twilight Eclipse in your top ten.He was right behind Sequence in their last 2 starts.
tim 11 days ago
The older male horse division is awful. The fact that a horse like Lea is 2nd says it all. What a joke. What did he do this year? Win an allowance at Gulf, then the Donn? That's all it takes to be #2 on this list?
Pagani Zonda 4 days ago