Updated on 07/06/2015 9:35AM

Watchmaker Watch: Weekly divisional ratings


Updated: July 6, 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
Out for year; still hasn't been overtaken here
2 – California Chrome,
by Lucky Pulpit
Missed Royal Ascot start; on to Arl. Million
3 – Honor Code,
by A.P. Indy
Whitney may answer if he's a one-turn horse
4 – Tonalist,
by Tapit
Moved too soon in Suburban, but lost again

5- Constitution,
by Tapit
8- Hard Aces (9),
by Hard Spun
6- Lea,
by First Samurai
9- Hoppertunity (10),
by Any Given Saturday
7- Noble Bird,
by Birdstone
10- Effinex (new),
by Mineshaft

Older Dirt Females

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1 – Beholder,
by Henny Hughes
Poised to have a dominant second half of year
2 – Warren's Veneda,
by Affirmative
Not as good as the top one, but she's still good
3 – Wedding Toast,
by Street Sense
Announced her emergence in her Phipps win
4 – Untapable,
by Tapit
Doesn't seem like the filly she was a year ago

5- Stopchargingmaria,
by Tale of the Cat
8- Judy the Beauty,
by Ghostzapper
6- Don't Tell Sophia,
by Congaree
9- Sheer Drama,
by Burning Roma
7- Molly Morgan,
by Ghostzapper
10- Gold Medal Dancer,
by Medaglia d'Oro

3-Year-Old Males

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1 – American Pharoah,
by Pioneerof the Nile
Closed Horse of the Year debate on June 6
2 – Dortmund,
by Big Brown
We know he's much better than his Preakness
3 – Firing Line,
by Line of David
Like Dortmund, I'm just ignoring his Preakness
4 – Frosted,
by Tapit
Fine efforts in both the Belmont and Ky. Derby

5- Materiality,
by Afleet Alex
8- Speightster (new),
by Speightstown
6- Carpe Diem,
by Giant's Causeway
9- Texas Red (new),
by Afleet Alex
7- Upstart,
by Flatter
10- Gimme Da Lute (new),
by Midnight Lute

3-Year-Old Females

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1 – Lady Eli,
by Divine Park
Crazy talented turf filly remains undefeated
2 – Lovely Maria,
by Majesticperfection
Kentucky Oaks winner still the top dirt filly
3 – I'm a Chatterbox,
by Munnings
Dirt fillies may take turns beating each other
4 – Stellar Wind,
by Curlin
Survived close call in the Summertime Oaks

5- Curalina,
by Curlin
8- Spanish Queen,
by Tribal Rule
6- Take Charge Brandi,
by Giant's Causeway
9- Cavorting,
by Bernardini
7- Birdatthewire,
by Summer Bird
10- Include Betty,
by Include

Turf Males

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1 – Main Sequence,
by Aldebaran
Used his pass for one bad U.S. performance
2 – Wise Dan,
by Wiseman’s Ferry
Past champ back in training; that's good news
3 – California Chrome,
by Lucky Pulpit
Missed Royal Ascot start; on to Arl. Million
4 – Big Blue Kitten (6),
by Kitten's Joy
How about this: He's earned over $2 million

5- Slumber,
by Cacique
8- Finnegans Wake (7),
by Powerscourt
6- Twilight Eclipse (8),
by Purim
9- Ashleyluvssugar,
by Game Plan
7- Imagining (4),
by Giant's Causeway
10- Talco,
by Pivotal

Turf Females

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1 – Lady Eli (new),
by Divine Park
Might only be 3, but seriously, who's better?
2 – Stepahnie's Kitten (1),
by Kitten's Joy
Have to give her a pass for dull NY Stakes try
3 – Tepin (2),
by Bernstein
Got red-hot when her division is a total mess
4 – Hard Not to Like (3),
by Hard Spun
Her Gamely win is looking better and better

5- Ball Dancing (4),
by Exchange Rate
8- Discreet Marq (7),
by Discreet Cat
6- Filimbi (5),
by Mizzen Mast
9- Fanticola,
by Silent Name
7- Waltzing Matilda (6),
by Danehill Dancer
10- Coffee Clique (new),
by Medaglia d'Oro


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1 – Rock Fall (4),
by Speightstown
Smile result flattered the True North winner
2 – Masochistic (5),
by Sought After
Lost but once going one turn, that didn't count
3 – Secret Circle (2),
by Eddington
Did America proud with his Dubai victory
4 – Private Zone (7),
by Macho Uno
He just gets the job done at 6 to 7 furlongs

5- Honor Code (3),
by A.P. Indy
8- Dads Caps (9),
by Discreet Cat
6- Work All Week (1),
by City Zip
9- A. P. Indian (10),
by Indian Charlie
7- Salutos Amigos (6),
by Salute the Sarge
10- Alsvid (8),
by Officer


Gary Smith 6 days ago
After her breathtaking performance in the Gr1 Mother Goose ,joining past winners like Ruffian,Rachel Alexandra ,Davona Dale,Untapable,Close Hatches,Serenas Song,Go For Wand,etc...A bad ride in the Oaks,2nd in The Black Eyed Susan,with absolutely no pace to run at ,you think that Include Betty s the 10th best 3year old filly?
Vick Harris 7 days ago
Hey watchmaker why don't u get ur dumb buddy's at DRF+ to stop charging the racing fans for free info if it wasn't for AMERICAN PHAROAH winning thr triple crown this sport wud go down hill faster than I wud go down on their old lady it's pathetic how cheap DRF has become. For those looking for info on horses that are free go to blood horse . Com
john g 11 days ago
Watchmaker, do you know where any other top 3 and 4 yr old's are being pointed to? Dortmund, Firing Line, Frosted, Tonalist, etc.. ? It would be a great race if they, and Shared Beleif , Chrome, Pharoah all run in the BC Classic. How about an update? It's not like you guys got anything else to do.
Ann Maree 7 days ago
Unless you are a member now at DRF, I haven't seen any of Watchmaker's columns. He could be writing on the moon for all we know.
Ron DeNorscio 11 days ago
I think Frosted should be ahead of Firing Line. FL hasn't won anything higher than a grade 3!
saratogajunkie 13 days ago
My feelings for older dirt female...if there were a 1 mile dirt race (or less) next week...Judy would be the favorite
Jimmy Turano 13 days ago
Mike Watchmaker-June 23, 2015 Hi, I see that you do not have under 3 year old males, TEXAS RED. I know he was sidelined, but has been training well and scheduled to rung in 2 weeks, on 4th of July. This horse has become the Dangerfield horse, No Respect! He may depending on his return performance run in the Travers Stakes race in August at Saratoga. More than potential, and any racing fan would enjoy how he runs, or like in the Breeders Cup run down horses like FOREGO used to do years ago.
davidabel14 14 days ago
I had Honor Code last out at Belmont... very dangerous horse... gonna be interested to see where he goes next. In terms of "classic" older horses, Chrome has to be in consideration by default, but Lea is a very good horse and maybe that victory catapulted Noble Bird's confidence. Pharoah still the one to beat here, but can have some comp. I also think the 3YO filly division is very tough. All those horses can/have beat each other and this summer it will be interesting to see who (if any) can flourish
Francisco Alvarez 16 days ago
Untappable where u at? 4th on the list? Seems to be 3rd to me..
PeterGB72 18 days ago
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Michael Snyder 19 days ago
Watch for Kobes Back to run in Breeders cup sprint-Didnt fire last out against Honor code but if Stevens sees fit to retain the mount ---Beware
john g 18 days ago
And, watch out for American Pharoah vs California Chrome vs Shared Beleif in the Classic . what a race that would be.
PhillyChaffin 17 days ago
Shared Belief is out for the year!!