Updated on 06/26/2017 11:04AM

Watchmaker Watch: Weekly divisional ratings


Updated: June 26, 2017. 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 – Arrogate,
by Unbridled's Song
Confirmed his greatness in amazing DWC victory
2 – Gun Runner,
by Candy Ride
Big stakes scores bracket loss to top one in Dubai
3 – Mor Spirit,
by Eskendereya
His Met Mile romp was a monstrous performance
4 – Shaman Ghost,
by Ghostzapper
Racking up the big wins away from the top two

5- Connect,
by Curlin
8- Cupid,
by Tapit
6- Hoppertunity,
by Any Given Saturday
9- Collected (10),
by City Zip
7- Sharp Azteca,
by Freud
10- Danzing Candy (9),
by Twirling Candy

Older Females

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1 – Songbird,
by Medaglia d'Oro
Two-time champ should improve off the Phipps
2 – Stellar Wind,
by Curlin
Two for two this year, both in Grade 1 events
3 – Vale Dori,
by Asiatic Boy
Showed a lot in narrow defeat to Stellar Wind
4 – Paulassilverlining,
by Ghostzapper
Has won two Grade 1s for her new connections

5- Forever Unbridled,
by Unbridled's Song
8- Paid Up Subscriber,
by Candy Ride
6- Finest City,
by City Zip
9- Highway Star,
by Girolamo
7- Terra Promessa,
by Curlin
10- Carina Mia,
by Malibu Moon

3-Year-Old Males

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1 – Classic Empire,
by Pioneerof the Nile
Been very unlucky, division remains wide open
2 – Always Dreaming,
by Bodemeister
Preakness was a terrible time to come up empty
3 – Cloud Computing,
by Maclean's Music
Good enough to capitalize on great Preak. setup
4 – Tapwrit,
by Tapit
Won the Belmont, that gets you a high ranking

5- Irish War Cry,
by Curlin
8- Timeline,
by Hard Spun
6- Lookin At Lee,
by Lookin At Lucky
9- McCraken,
by Ghostzapper
7- Battle of Midway,
by Smart Strike
10- Irap (new),
by Tiznow

3-Year-Old Females

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1 – Unique Bella,
by Tapit
Out of action, still seems the most talented here
2 – Abel Tasman,
by Quality Road
In the meantime, she's collecting the Gr. 1 wins
3 – Lady Aurelia (6),
by Scat Daddy
Not a typical 3yo filly, but she's a total monster
4 – Paradise Woods (3),
by Union Rags
You know she's better than she showed at CD

5- Salty (4),
by Quality Road
8- La Coronel,
by Colonel John
6- Miss Sky Warrior (5),
by First Samurai
9- Union Strike,
by Union Rags
7- Daddys Lil Darling,
by Scat Daddy
10- Farrell,
by Malibu Moon

Turf Males

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1 – Bal a Bali,
by Put It Back
Two Gr. 1 wins in 2017, division is a scramble
2 – Ascend,
by Candy Ride
Won Gr. 1 Manhattan, that puts him way up here
3 – Beach Patrol,
by Lemon Drop Kid
Remains consistent, but nibbles instead of wins
4 – Almanaar,
by Dubawi
No published works in over two months, uh oh

5- American Patriot,
by War Front
8- Sadler's Joy,
by Kitten's Joy
6- Time Test,
by Dubawi
9- World Approval,
by Northern Afleet
7- Divisidero,
by Kitten's Joy
10- Itsinthepost,
by American Post

Turf Females

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1 – Lady Eli,
by Divine Park
Pure class, as she showed winning the Gamely
2 – Miss Temple City,
by Temple City
Not holding her Royal Ascot defeat against her
3 – Zhukova,
by Fastnet Rock
Crushed males in Man o' War, but on a bog course
4 – Sea Calisi,
by Youmzain
Won't hold loss in paceless NY Stakes against her

5- Hawksmoor,
by Azamour
8- Dickinson,
by Medaglia d'Oro
6- Quidura,
by Dubawi
9- Suffused,
by Champs Elysees
7- Antonoe,
by First Defence
10- Celestine,
by Scat Daddy


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1 – Drefong,
by Gio Ponti
Male sprint champion sports steady works now
2 – Mind Your Biscuits,
by Posse
Days the best in Dubai, also working steadily
3 – Sharp Azteca,
by Freud
Fine, if soundly beaten second in the Met Mile
4 – Unified,
by Candy Ride
Didn't run his best race in narrow Carter loss

5- Roy H,
by More Than Ready
8- St. Joe Bay,
by Saint Anddan
6- Whitmore,
by Pleasantly Perfect
9- Limousine Liberal,
by Successful Appeal
7- A. P. Indian,
by Indian Charlie
10- Ransom the Moon,
by Malibu Moon