Updated on 03/30/2015 10:19AM

Watchmaker Watch: Weekly divisional ratings


Updated: March 30, 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 Males

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1 – Shared Belief,
by Candy Ride
Could not have won the Big Cap any easier
2 – California Chrome,
by Lucky Pulpit
Very nice effort in Dubai; now off to England
3 – Bayern,
by Offlee Wild
BC Classic winner's 4yo bow is getting close
4 – Constitution,
by Tapit
Missed the Dubai Cup due to shin soreness

5- Lea,
by First Samurai
8- Tonalist,
by Tapit
6- Honor Code,
by A.P. Indy
9- Wicked Strong,
by Hard Spun
7- Palace Malice,
by Curlin
10- V. E. Day (new),
by English Channel

Older Females

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1 – Untapable,
by Tapit
Earned a pass for her uninspiring 4yo debut
2 – Beholder,
by Henny Hughes
Two-time champ will be on a mission this year
3 – Don't Tell Sophia,
by Congaree
Tough, consistent, and has never been better
4 – Warren's Veneda,
by Affirmative
Current boss in SoCal is freaky sharp now

5- Stopchargingmaria,
by Tale of the Cat
8- Artemis Agrotera,
by Roman Ruler
6- Judy the Beauty,
by Ghostzapper
9- Sheer Drama,
by Burning Roma
7- Sweet Reason,
by Street Sense
10- Gold Medal Dancer,
by Medaglia d'Oro

3-Year-Old Males

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1 – Dortmund,
by Big Brown
Toyed with San Felipe field; he's battle-tested
2 – American Pharoah,
by Pioneerof the Nile
Expect champ to improve on easy Rebel score
3 – Firing Line,
by Line of David
Romped when he escaped Dortmund's shadow
4 – Carpe Diem,
by Giant's Causeway
Huge Tampa win; he is surely one of the ones

5- Materiality (new),
by Afleet Alex
8- Prospect Park (6),
by Tapit
6- Upstart (5),
by Flatter
9- One Lucky Dane,
by Lookin At Lucky
7- Competitive Edge (new),
by Super Saver
10- International Star (new),
by Fusaichi Pegasus

3-Year-Old Females

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1 – I'm a Chatterbox (2),
by Munnings
Earned her role as the clear Ky. Oaks favorite
2 – Take Charge Brandi (1),
by Giant's Causeway
Champ is out until summer with knee injury
3 – Lady Eli,
by Divine Park
This turfer is among the most talented here
4 – Condo Commando,
by Tiz Wonderful
Has some big wins, but they were bias-aided

5- Peace and War,
by War Front
8- Eskenformoney (new),
by Eskendereya
6- Sunset Glow (7),
by Exchange Rate
9- Shook Up (new),
by Tapit
7- Birdatthewire (9),
by Summer Bird
10- Stellar Wind (8),
by Curlin

Turf Males

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1 – Main Sequence,
by Aldebaran
His Dubai outing is best completely ignored
2 – Wise Dan,
by Wiseman’s Ferry
Rooting for past champ to come back strong
3 – California Chrome,
by Lucky Pulpit
He'll use his turf option, and at Royal Ascot
4 – Imagining (new),
by Giant's Causeway
Nice, predictable rebound in Pan American

5- Twilight Eclipse (4),
by Purim
8- Hardest Core (6),
by Hard Spun
6- Finnegans Wake (5),
by Powerscourt
9- Obviously (7),
by Choisir
7- Mshawish (8),
by Medaglia d'Oro
10- Tourist (9),
by Tiznow

Turf Females

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1 – Stephanie's Kitten,
by Kitten's Joy
Was just all class in her comeback in Tampa
2 – Ball Dancing,
by Exchange Rate
Gave top one a nice challenge in her 4yo bow
3 – Euro Charline,
by Myboycharlie
We would welcome this top-notcher back here
4 – Crown Queen,
by Smart Strike
Perfect at 3; her best races are in front of her

5- Lady Lara (new),
by Excellent Art
8- Riposte (5),
by Dansili
6- Coffee Clique (new),
by Medaglia d'Oro
9- Beauty Parlor (new),
by Elusive Quality
7- Sandiva (new),
by Footstepsinthesand
10- Irish Mission (6),
by Giant's Causeway


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1 – Palace,
by City Zip
Won two Gr. 1s last year; division is open
2 – Work All Week,
by City Zip
Reigning champ is 10 for 10 on dirt tracks
3 – Secret Circle (5),
by Eddington
Did America proud with his Dubai victory
4 – Private Zone,
by Macho Uno
Fine second in GP Hcp, best going shorter

5- Salutos Amigos (3),
by Salute the Sarge
8- Kobe's Back,
by Flatter
6- Wild Dude,
by Wildcat Heir
9- Gentlemen's Bet,
by Half Ours
7- Conquest Two Step,
by Two Step Salsa
10- The Big Beast,
by Yes It's True


M 1 days ago
I guess Mike slept in Saturday morning and didn't see the UAE Derby.
Debbie Gardner 1 days ago
Mr. Watchmaker, which of your top 3 year olds do you believe has the pedigree to get the Ky. Derby 1 1/4 miles?
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Joel Firsching 2 days ago
How good is social inclusion going to be ? If he stays calm before the rave and in the gate loading process ?
Ann Maree 2 days ago
I'm hoping that Mr. Martin reconsiders his decision, and at least send along Chrome's groom and Alan Sherman, who have lived with this horse night and day. Horses are herd animals, and I'm concerned for Chrome's sense of well being, which could affect his performance. It's asking a lot of the horse and frankly strains credibility. Yes, the sport is a business, but your heart should have equal sway in decisions about these living, breathing creatures, What fun it would have been to bring him back here, run him in some of the top turf races, and allow him to see if he can follow in the footsteps of a John Henry or a Round Table, who both lost a ton of races but were heroes and horses of the year on both turf and dirt. Once John Henry got in the care of a trainer who put his welfare first, he thrived. Chrome's durability will be stretched to the extreme in the campaign they have outlined for him. I do hope Mr. Martin will reconsider and send over Chrome's groom and Alan Sherman. It's the least he should do if he wants to try this experiment, which, it seems, no one thinks is a good idea anyway.
Mike M 5 days ago
My Top 10 - March 27th 1, American Pharoah 2, Dortmund 3, Carpe Deim 4, Firing Line 5, Prospect Park 6, Upstart 7, Far from Over 8, Mr Z 9, Bolo 10, Itsaknockout
Blaine MacMillan 5 days ago
Only a dunce would leave Spiral winner from an outside gate Dubai Sky out of the top-10 3yo's. That is a very nice horse.
Ronnie Malo Rodriguez 7 days ago
what happened to calculator he should be in the top ten. Is he off the derby trail?
Ann 6 days ago
Injured, not pointing for Derby. Happened not long after his big win.
Ryan Moseley 8 days ago
My top 8 three year olds are exactly the same, just a different order!
Carolyn Wyatt 8 days ago
7 on Top Ten list Far From Over not getting much talk and Withers run seems to be forgotten. Is he real deal and what does Withers say about a possible closer going by 6-8 horses late to win Derby?
Mike 8 days ago
dortmund is actually a monster. look at his eyes when he's about to race.