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Watchmaker Watch: Weekly divisional ratings


Updated: January 16, 2018. 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 – Gun Runner,
by Candy Ride
Certain Horse of the Year ends career in Pegasus
2 – West Coast,
by Flatter
Probable 3yo male champ is also Pegasus-bound
3 – Sharp Azteca,
by Freud
Miler at heart, but a Pegasus try does make sense
4 – Collected,
by City Zip
That's a clean sweep, he's also pointing to Pegasus

5- Mor Spirit,
by Eskendereya
8- Good Samaritan,
by Harlan's Holiday
6- Diversify,
by Bellamy Road
9- Hoppertunity,
by Any Given Saturday
7- Always Dreaming,
by Bodemeister
10- Tapwrit,
by Tapit

Older Dirt Females

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1 – Forever Unbridled,
by Unbridled's Song
Still unclear if top-class mare will race or retire
2 – Stellar Wind,
by Curlin
Apparently will face males in the Pegasus Cup
3 – Abel Tasman,
by Quality Road
Likely 3yo filly champ narrowly missed in Distaff
4 – Vale Dori,
by Asiatic Boy
Don't forget about her, she's right in the mix here

5- Unique Bella,
by Tapit
8- It Tiz Well,
by Arch
6- Paradise Woods,
by Union Rags
9- Salty (10),
by Quality Road
7- Elate,
by Medaglia d'Oro
10- Mopotism (new),
by Uncle Mo

3-Year-Old Males

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1 – Good Magic,
by Curlin
BC Juvenile winner figures to only get better
2 – Bolt d'Oro,
by Medaglia d'Oro
Big talent, but his 3yo debut has been delayed
3 – Solomini (4),
by Curlin
His LRC Futurity form has since been flattered
4 – McKinzie (5),
by Street Sense
A key member in the strong SoCal contingent

5- Instilled Regard (6),
by Arch
8- Mask (9),
by Tapit
6- Principe Guilherme (3),
by Tapit
9- Mourinho (new),
by Super Saver
7- Catholic Boy,
by More Than Ready
10- Firenze Fire (8),
by Poseidon's Warrior

3-Year-Old Females

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1 – Caledonia Road,
by Quality Road
Romped in Juvy Fillies, but this division is open
2 – Road to Victory,
by Quality Road
Won a strongly run Golden Rod in her dirt debut
3 – Monomoy Girl,
by Tapizar
Close second in the Golden Rod in first defeat
4 – Rushing Fall,
by More Than Ready
Turf specialist was an impressive 3 for 3 at 2

5- Alluring Star,
by Exchange Rate
8- Dream Tree,
by Uncle Mo
6- Moonshine Memories,
by Malibu Moon
9- Midnight Bisou,
by Midnight Lute
7- Separationofpowers,
by Candy Ride
10- Wonder Gadot (new),
by Medaglia d'Oro

Turf Males

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1 – World Approval,
by Northern Afleet
Probable champ ranks here until proven otherwise
2 – Beach Patrol,
by Lemon Drop Kid
Was already good, but became a force last year
3 – Oscar Performance,
by Kitten's Joy
Had a lucrative 3yo season, can be better now at 4
4 – Sadler's Joy,
by Kitten's Joy
Was a steady player at the highest levels in 2017

5- Annals of Time,
by Temple City
8- Mo Town,
by Uncle Mo
6- Bigger Picture,
by Badge of Silver
9- Ascend,
by Candy Ride
7- Itsinthepost,
by American Post
10- Bullards Alley,
by Flower Alley

Turf Females

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1 – Lady Eli,
by Divine Park
Retired, star will drop off this list next week 
2 – Antonoe,
by First Defence
Had some lousy luck last year, she is very good
3 – Off Limits,
by Mastercraftsman
Emerged late in a nearly perfect 2017 campaign
4 – Grand Jete,
by Dansili
Geez, the top four are all trained by Chad Brown

5- Hawksmoor,
by Azamour
8- Roca Rojo,
by Strategic Prince
6- War Flag,
by War Front
9- La Coronel,
by Colonel John
7- Cambodia,
by War Front
10- Daddy's Lil Darling,
by Scat Daddy


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1 – Roy H,
by More Than Ready
Likely male sprint champ has hold on the top spot
2 – Imperial Hint,
by Imperialism
Proved he's for real in excellent 2017 campaign
3 – Sharp Azteca,
by Freud
May be routing, but he's also a one-turn demon
4 – Mind Your Biscuits,
by Posse
Very talented, but slipped a bit latter half of 2017

5- Ransom the Moon,
by Malibu Moon
8- Coal Front,
by Stay Thirsty
6- Takaful,
by Bernardini
9- American Pastime,
by Tapizar
7- American Anthem,
by Bodemeister
10- Whitmore,
by Pleasantly Perfect