Updated on 05/24/2016 5:24PM

Watchmaker Watch: Weekly divisional ratings


Updated: May 23, 2016. 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 – California Chrome,
by Lucky Pulpit
His Dubai World Cup was his best race yet
2 – Effinex,
by Mineshaft
Solid; has more speed now than he ever did
3 – Melatonin,
by Kodiak Kowboy
Game effort at Oaklawn proves he's for real
4 – Frosted,
by Tapit
Certainly better than his flat DWC effort says

5- Mshawish,
by Medaglia d'Oro
8- Stanford (9),
by Malibu Moon
6- Hoppertunity (6),
by Any Given Saturday
9- Majestic Harbor (10),
by Rockport Harbor
7- Eagle (8),
by Candy Ride
10- Noble Bird (new),
by Birdstone

Older Dirt Females

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1 – Beholder,
by Henny Hughes
Return was a perfect prep, on to better now 
2 – Curalina,
by Curlin
La Troienne romp in 4-year-old debut was her best yet
3 – Stopchargingmaria,
by Tale of the Cat
Will benefit from sharp 2016 debut in Madison
4 – Sheer Drama,
by Burning Roma
No doubt she's better than she showed at CD

5- Stellar Wind,
by Curlin
8- Tara's Tango,
by Umbridled's Song
6- Forever Unbridled,
by Unbridled's Song
9- I'm A Chatterbox,
by Munnings
7- Taris,
by Flatter
10- Cavorting (new),
by Bernardini

3-Year-Old Males 

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1 – Nyquist,
by Uncle Mo
Still 4 for 5 vs. Exaggerator, stays No. 1
2 – Exaggerator,
by Curlin
ideal setup in Preakness, still, a decisive winner
3 – Mohaymen,
by Tapit
His fourth in the Derby was a good performance 
4 – Gun Runner,
by Candy Ride
Tired third in the Derby but still a fine effort

5- Mor Spirit,
by Eskendereya
8- Destin,
by Giant's Causeway
6- Creator,
by Tapit
9- Cupid,
by Tapit
7- Suddenbreakingnews,
by Mineshaft
10- Cherry Wine (new),
by Paddy O'Prado

3-Year-Old Females

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1 – Songbird,
by Medaglia d'Oro
Impacted Ky. Oaks, and she didn't even run
2 – Cathryn Sophia,
by Street Boss
Ran in Ky. Oaks in Songbird's absence and won 
3 – Carina  Mia,
by Malibu Moon
Miles the best in the Eight Belles, she's good
4 – Go Maggie Go,
by Ghostzapper
Solid Black-Eyed Susan win, talented division

5- Land Over Sea,
by Bellamy Road
8- Rachel's Valentina,
by Bernardini
6- Lewis Bay,
by Bernardini
9- Catch a Glimpse,
by City Zip
7- Weep No More,
by Mineshaft
10- Terra Promessa,
by Curlin

Turf Males

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1 – Flintshire,
by Dansili
Big man here off excellent international form
2 – Big Blue Kitten,
by Kitten's Joy
Champ gets a mulligan for unsuccessful return 
3 – Ironicus,
by English Channel
Fine win in return, poised for a big campaign
4 – The Pizza Man,
by English Channel
He's obviously better than she showed at GP

5- Flamboyant,
by Peer Gynt
8- Wake Forest,
by Sir Percy
6- Divisidero,
by Kitten's Joy
9- Bolo,
by Temple City
7- Heart to Heart,
by English Channel
10- What a View,
by Vronsky

Turf Females

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1 – Tepin,
by Bernstein
Brilliant again at CD, Royal Ascot is up next 
2 – Miss Temple City,
by Temple City
Best over good males in the Maker's 46; wow!
3 – Sea Calisi,
by Youmzain
Easy romp is U.S. debut was most impressive 
4 – Lady Eli,
by Divine Park
Fingers crossed for a storybook comeback

5- Lady Shipman,
by Midshipman
8- Weekela,
by Hurricane Run
6- Photo Call,
by Sadler's Wells
9- Dacita,
by Scat Daddy
7- Isabella Sings,
by Eskendereya
10- Olorda,
by Lord of England


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1 – Runhappy,
by Super Saver
Still no works, can't keep him here forever 
2 – Private Zone,
by Macho Uno
Getting close, sports three straight five-furlong works
3 – X Y Jet,
by Kantharos
Brutal beat in Dubai, chipped a knee, too
4 – Kobe's Back,
by Flatter
I'm skeptical of the form of the CD Stakes

5- Marking,
by Bernardini
8- Wild Dude (new),
by Wildcat Heir
6- Salutos Amigos,
by Salute the Sarge
9- Subtle Indian (8),
by Indian Charlie
7- Calculator,
by In Summation
10- Catalina Red (9),
by Munnings


Don Collet 8 days ago
RaceTote,  The Superfecta was the first four favorites,  Chalk Chalk Chalk Chalk,  not a Great Handicapping Achivement .
RaceTote 10 days ago
I think we need to acknowledge Mike Watchmaker's skill in handicapping this year's Kentucky Derby. 
 He not only picked the winner. He hit the exacta, and named the four superfecta horses, Nyquist, Exaggerator, Mohaymen and Gun Runner. Although the last two were out of order. Not bad. Not bad at all. 
WILLIE 8 days ago
You could have looked at the tote and got the same results.
Joel Firsching 8 days ago
He picked "creator".  Like how mike wont step in and correct your error
RaceTote 10 days ago
We're closing in on the Preakness Stakes. The weather forecast for Baltimore, Saturday, is for better than 60% chance of rain throughout the day, but is that alone enough to upset the Kentucky Derby champion? It will take more than a few drops of rain to knock an outstanding talent, the likes of Nyquist, off his triple crown campaign, 
 However, heavy rain, if it comes, at or before post time, will create a high degree of uncertainty. Exaggerator, unlike the hero Nyquist, previouslyproved himself on a sloppy track. The great  Nyquist has yet to meet such a challenge. 
 That's the wonderful beauty of horse racing, We can figure, pray, and sacrifice to the equine gods, until we're blue in the face, but once they depart the starting gate, it then becomes a test of horse and rider, and everything we know and believe may come to pass or go right out the window. So no mater what happens, hold all tickets until the race is declared official. Good luck to all of you. 
Vincent Palazzolo 19 days ago
when are these people going to realize bolo is not at this level.
They keep saying hes a great horse and 11 races in just medocre stuff   in fact no grade 1 yet

Nakia Towery 19 days ago
Gun Runner got moved to early dont know it wouldve mattered. But i suspect in the Dirt Mile this year he will be very tuff.
Nakia Towery 19 days ago
Ummm first start of the year he will kill them soon
Larry Kaufman 20 days ago
ironicus is by distorted humor not english channel. how do you rank big blue kitten ahead of ironicus
Editha Arca 13 days ago

Joel Firsching 21 days ago
Nothing changes.  Smith still has a broken clock with another crazy pace.  The so called experts said the pace was going to be slow with only 3 or 4 frontrunners in a 20 horse field.  But in an 8 horse it would be fast paced.  Once again, the horses in the suicide one and two posts get mangled.   The derby on a fast track is once again won by a californian who prefers to be just off the pace with a huge move at the top of the lane.  Getting rid of that synthetic surface in 2010 has paid dividends. The last four derbies on a fast track are won by california based horses.  Suddenbreakingnews trip was awful.  Hopefully no one runs in the preakness.  Dont want to see any more health problems.
Richard Cadena 20 days ago
Also, when East Coast-based horses got beat by West Coast-based horses on the synthetic, like in the  2009 Classic or others won by Zenyatta, a few of the Luddites would blame the synthetic surface; a minor positive. Maybe the pundits can upgrade their views and biases. For example, the ones that placed emphasis on royal breeding. Remember A. B.'s comment about the flawed breeding of California Chrome, or that American Pharoah was from the mare who ran in sprints. Now, Nyquist, with Uncle Mo and Seeking Gabriel, the dosage people need to come up with new theories or shake the dust off old ways of viewing current stock.
Joel Firsching 19 days ago
Zenyatta got her long stride and pounding on dirt tracks when she grew up.  The dosage index was never the same when lasix took over
Carolyn Wyatt 21 days ago
Mike's 1 2 3 ran 1st 4th 2nd. Spot on except Gunner Runner.
Carolyn Wyatt 21 days ago
My touting MMS was totally wrong. He should have stayed under the porch but other side of ex box Mohey showed up. Luckily bet lightly more due to thinking 15 had a chance than chalks. Prices were downer- like to see big tris/supers etc in Derby. PREAKNESS-110 yds shorter. Don't see a Shackleford in this bunch.