Updated on 08/27/2015 9:28AM

Watchmaker Watch: Weekly divisional ratings


Updated: August 24, 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 – Honor Code,
by A.P. Indy
Can route; now the most accomplished here
2 – Shared Belief,
by Candy Ride
Out for year; was finally displaced from top
3 – California Chrome,
by Lucky Pulpit
It's great to hear he will race again in 2016
4 – Liam's Map,
by Unbridled's Song
Narrow Whitney defeat was a giant effort

5- Tonalist,
by Tapit
8- Noble Bird,
by Birdstone
6- Constitution,
by Tapit
9- Catch a Flight (10),
by Giant's Causeway
7- Lea,
by First Samurai
10- Hard Aces (9),
by Hard Spun

Older Dirt Females

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1 – Beholder,
by Henny Hughes
All but clinched here with Pac. Classic romp
2 – Stopchargingmaria,
by Tale of the Cat
Was very good in the Shuvee; strong record
3 – Untapable,
by Tapit
Her second in the Shuvee was an improvement
4 – Warren's Veneda,
by Affirmative
Had a trip in the Hirsch; no match for top one

5- Wedding Toast,
by Street Sense
8- Sheer Drama,
by Burning Roma
6- Don't Tell Sophia,
by Congaree
9- Frivolous,
by Empire Maker
7- Molly Morgan,
by Ghostzapper
10- Yahilwa,
by Medaglia d'Oro

3-Year-Old Males

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1 – American Pharoah,
by Pioneerof the Nile
Superstar now sets his sights on the Travers
2 – Dortmund,
by Big Brown
Has been unlucky from the Preakness on
3 – Texas Red,
by Afleet Alex
Predictably improved big time in Jim Dandy
4 – Frosted,
by Tapit
Fine second in the Jim Dandy; he's very solid

5- Firing Line,
by Line of David
8- Carpe Diem,
by Giant's Causeway
6- Materiality,
by Afleet Alex
9- Speightster,
by Speightstown
7- Upstart,
by Flatter
10- Gimme Da Lute,
by Midnight Lute

3-Year-Old Females

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1 – Lady Eli,
by Divine Park
Fillies she crushed are winning big races
2 – I'm a Chatterbox (4),
by Munnings
Consistent on dirt, but has not won a Gr. 1
3 – Curalina,
by Curlin
Poor time for an empty effort in the Alabama
4 – Lovely Maria (2),
by Majesticperfection
Seems far removed from her Ky. Oaks form

5- Embellish the Lace (new),
by Super Saver
8- Include Betty (6),
by Include
6- Stellar Wind (5),
by Curlin
9- Spanish Queen,
by Tribal Rule
7- Cavorting,
by Bernardini
10- Fantastic Style,
by Harlan's Holiday

2-Year-Old males

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1 – Nyquist,
by Uncle Mo
Made his Best Pal opposition look weak
2 – Blameitonthelaw,
by Blame
His first-out win at Del Mar was powerful
3 – Young Brian,
by Hard Spun
Yes, the 2yos at Del Mar are a salty bunch
4 – Exaggerator,
by Curlin
Shipped from Del Mar, won the Sar. Special

5- Saratoga Mischief,
by Into Mischief
8- Mrazek,
by Square Eddie
6- Magna Light,
by Magna Graduate
9- Uncle Vinny,
by Uncle Mo
7- Swipe,
by Birdstone
10- Sudden Surprise,
by Giant Surprise

2 Year-Old Females

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1 – Pretty N Cool,
by Scat Daddy
Now 2 for 2 after decisive Sorrento victory
2 – Songbird,
by Medaglia d'Oro
Easy debut score at DMR; will improve on it
3 – One Last Shot,
by Any Given Saturday
Yet another impressive DMR maiden winner
4 – Just Wicked,
by Tapit
Clearly bested loose pacesetter in Adirondack

5- Off the Tracks,
by Curlin
8- Constellation,
by Bellamy Road
6- Tap to It,
by Tapit
9- Tonasah (10),
by Malibu Moon
7- Rachel's Valentina,
by Bernardini
10- Miss Big Stuff (new),
by Big Drama

Turf Males

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1 – Main Sequence,
by Aldebaran
Tendon injury unfortunately forced retirement
2 – Wise Dan,
by Wiseman’s Ferry
Woodbine Mile is the target for his comeback
3 – Big Blue Kitten,
by Kitten's Joy
At least he's consistent in a hungry division
4 – The Pizza Man,
by English Channel
Want to see him validate his Arl. Million win

5- Highland Reel,
by Galileo
8- Big John B (new),
by Hard Spun
6- Slumber,
by Cacique
9- Ashleyluvssugar,
by Game Plan
7- Twlight Eclipse,
by Purim
10- Avanzare (new),
by Grand Reward

Turf Females

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1 – Hard Not to Like,
by Hard Spun
Earned this off her Diana, Gamely victories
2 – Tepin,
by Bernstein
Diana photo cost her the top position here
3 – Kitten's Queen,
by Kitten's Joy
A rabbit who has delivered two strong races
4 – Secret Gesture,
by Galileo
Best in Beverly D. despite the disqualification

5- Stephanie's Kitten,
by Kitten's Joy
8- Disreet Marq,
by Discreet Cat
6- Ball Dancing,
by Exchange Rate
9- Coffee Clique,
by Medaglia d'Oro
7- Filimbi,
by Mizzen Mast
10- Watsdachances,
by Diamond Green


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1 – Rock Fall,
by Speightstown
Held his spot with his game Vanderbilt win
2 – The Big Beast,
by Yes It's True
There's clearly very little between the top two
3 – Masochistic,
by Sought After
He's much bettter than his Crosby suggests
4 – Secret Circle,
by Eddington
Did America proud with his Dubai victory

5- Private Zone,
by Macho Uno
8- Wild Dude,
by Wildcat Heir
6- Honor Code,
by A.P. Indy
9- Appealing Tale (new),
by Tale of the Cat
7- Work All Week,
by City Zip
10- Holy Boss,
by Street Boss


Billy Ray 19 hours ago
Am Pharoah and Texas Red upset in theTravers
David Rapp 3 days ago
Beholder and American Pharoah meet in the Breeders Cup Classic... Would that be a good match. Just think if the lady would beat the superstar. What would that say for her ? Wow ! ! ! She could do it. When she runs her best she is AWESOME ! ! !
David Rapp 3 days ago
Hard Not To Like. May I just say, well named ! ! !
Joel Firsching 4 days ago
So why didnt zenyatta take on the boys in the pacific classic, hollywood gold cup or the big cap ? Once again the older division looks very weak. I am still more impressed with beholders kentucky oaks performance. Thank goodness mandella shortened beholders work schedule. More than 50 furlongs in a two month period got her sick twice in a row.
Marc Estrich 3 days ago
So what is your opinion of Princess Of Sylmar who BEAT Beholder in the KY Oaks?? You thought a second behind POS was a better effort than the Pacific Classic??? You are entitled to your opinion of course.
Joel Firsching 3 days ago
Sylmar realed off four straight grade 1 victories. Beholder was washed out and then acted up badly , while dumping go go before the race. Mandella has little success shipping dirt horses. All seven of his BC wins were at santa anita. No triple crown wins. Does his best work when there is smoke in the air.
Carolyn Wyatt 6 days ago
Will bet Red Vine across the board in Pacific Classic 8/22. Morning line 6-1 should rise to post time 9-1 with other big names in the race. He will pick up the pieces as others are burned up by lightning pace.
tommy 9 days ago
I believe stop charging Maria and sheer drama will be ranked higher than beholder! Also in the sprint division, I would rank private zone and holy boss in the top 3 ! I think rock fall deserves to be in the top 2! Also I believe shared belief should be ranked higher than honor code! Honor code does not make my top 5 !!
PhillyChaffin 9 days ago
Umm? Who is in your top 5 for older horses? Believe it or not Honor Code has defeat Private Zone twice this year.http://www.drf.com/news/watchmaker-watch-weekly-divisional-ratings#
Vick Harris 10 days ago
Jerry Backman 10 days ago
What happened to MADE FROM LUCKY?
tommy 9 days ago
He won the West Virginia derby!!!
James P 24 days ago
Horrible list Mike. Keen Ice not in the TOP 10 3yo colts? Were you drinking Bookers when you posted this?
JIM TURANO 30 days ago
Hi. Can anyone including Watchmaker explain to me why Javier Castelano has only 5 wins to date at the meet? Is this just bad luck, or the Agents fault, or combination of both.
Frank Reach 28 days ago
Since know one else has answered your question, I can't help myself but simply say.....you're kidding right? First off....it's horse racing. Meaning it's always the horse that does the running. Yes, in my opinion Javier is the best Jock in the land....but, he can't outrun anybody. All he can do is the best he can to get his mounts home.......and, in my opinion he is the best......however...it's always the horse. Some would say...he wins at 23% for example......well....that means he loses 77%....in the long run of course. Because folks who can't handicap very well.....tend to overbet him....so, mostly it's best to bet the horse. I can tell you this...if you worry less about Javier himself winning races and look at more of what's going to happen in TODAYS race in present time, you'll increase your ROI. Having said all that....I'm sure Javier and his agent will get on a roll soon. However, I can tell you....if you get caught betting on him too much your ROI for sure will go down. He's like Russell Baze up in NoCal.....if he find you are betting him too much....that is a sure way to the poor house.
Clocker_RDW 25 days ago
It's very simple. 1.) Races are a lot deeper at Saratoga than every meet in US. 2.) Jockey colony is very competitive and shippers come in with great jockeys too. Wins will come...