DRF.com Blogs: Mike Watchmaker http://www.drf.com/blogs/211/feed en Watchmaker: Even the best lose sometimes http://www.drf.com/blogs/watchmaker-even-best-lose-sometimes They all get beat. Secretariat got beat. Citation got beat. Man o’ War got beat. You stick around long enough and take enough chances, and you will lose eventually, no matter how great you are. Handicapping American Pharoah Keen Ice Sat, 29 Aug 2015 23:57:29 +0000 Mike Watchmaker 365261 at http://www.drf.com <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-carryover"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 0 </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-nodereference field-field-blog-author"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Mike Watchmaker </div> </div> </div> <p>They all get beat.</p> <p>Secretariat got beat. Citation got beat. Man o’ War got beat.</p> <p>You stick around long enough and take enough chances, and you will lose eventually, no matter how great you are.</p> <p>And it happened Saturday to Triple Crown winner American Pharoah in the Travers, getting run down late by Keen Ice, a colt American Pharoah humiliated just four weeks ago when he won the Haskell.</p><p><a href="http://www.drf.com/blogs/watchmaker-even-best-lose-sometimes" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Watchmaker: Unsatisfying Saturday stakes http://www.drf.com/blogs/watchmaker-unsatisfying-saturday-stakes It’s only human nature to want satisfying resolutions, but things don’t always work out that way, as we saw in Saturday’s three big stakes events. Unfortunately, there wasn’t a thoroughly satisfying result in the bunch. Opinion Columns Hard Not to Like Stephanie's Kitten Sun, 26 Jul 2015 13:34:47 +0000 Mike Watchmaker 362043 at http://www.drf.com <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-carryover"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 0 </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-nodereference field-field-blog-author"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Mike Watchmaker </div> </div> </div> <p>It’s only human nature to want satisfying resolutions, but things don’t always work out that way, as we saw in Saturday’s three big stakes events. Unfortunately, there wasn’t a thoroughly satisfying result in the bunch.</p><p><a href="http://www.drf.com/blogs/watchmaker-unsatisfying-saturday-stakes" target="_blank">read more</a></p> American Pharoah impresses in Preakness http://www.drf.com/blogs/american-pharoah-impresses-preakness I don’t know how fast American Pharoah’s Preakness score will come up on Beyer Speed Figures. As a believer and maker of my own figures for almost four decades, it surprises even me to say that I don’t care. That Preakness, for me, was the best race American Pharoah has ever run. By far. I’ve had my reservations about him, about his perfect trips and all that. But not anymore. Opinion Columns Preakness American Pharoah Sun, 17 May 2015 00:27:17 +0000 Mike Watchmaker 356160 at http://www.drf.com <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-carryover"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 0 </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-nodereference field-field-blog-author"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Mike Watchmaker </div> </div> </div> <p>BALTIMORE – I don’t know how fast American Pharoah’s Preakness score will come up on Beyer Speed Figures. As a believer and maker of my own figures for almost four decades, it surprises even me to say that I don’t care. That Preakness, for me, was the best race American Pharoah has ever run. By far. I’ve had my reservations about him, about his perfect trips and all that. But not anymore.</p><p><a href="http://www.drf.com/blogs/american-pharoah-impresses-preakness" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Watchmaker: Baffert pair reminds of all-time greats http://www.drf.com/blogs/watchmaker-baffert-pair-reminds-all-time-greats If you’re familiar with me, you know I throw plaudits around like sewer covers. I think the term “great” is grossly overused in our game. But sometimes the spirit moves you, and I said what I said in that Twitter post because I meant it. Handicapping American Pharoah Dortmund Sun, 12 Apr 2015 15:17:16 +0000 Mike Watchmaker 353037 at http://www.drf.com <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-carryover"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 0 </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-nodereference field-field-blog-author"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Mike Watchmaker </div> </div> </div> <p>On Saturday night, I posted the following on Twitter:</p> <p>“This is how I see Baffert’s hand: American Pharoah is kinda like Seattle Slew, Dortmund is kinda reminiscent of Affirmed. Powerful stuff.”</p> <p>If you’re familiar with me, you know I throw plaudits around like sewer covers. I think the term “great” is grossly overused in our game. But sometimes the spirit moves you, and I said what I said in that Twitter post because I meant it.</p><p><a href="http://www.drf.com/blogs/watchmaker-baffert-pair-reminds-all-time-greats" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Watchmaker: Few flaws in latest Derby prep wins http://www.drf.com/blogs/watchmaker-few-flaws-latest-derby-prep-wins If you’re looking to exploit flaws in the winning performances in Saturday’s three big Kentucky Derby preps, you’re time is probably better spent looking elsewhere. I’m as harsh a critic as anyone – a necessary trait in analytical horseplayers – and I couldn’t find anything to complain about in the dominant win by Dortmund in the Santa Anita Derby, the victory by Carpe Diem in the Blue Grass, and the score by Frosted in the Wood Memorial. Nothing of any real significance, anyway. Handicapping Kentucky Derby Carpe Diem Dortmund Frosted Sun, 05 Apr 2015 15:49:50 +0000 Mike Watchmaker 352409 at http://www.drf.com <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-carryover"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 0 </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-nodereference field-field-blog-author"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Mike Watchmaker </div> </div> </div> <p>If you’re looking to exploit flaws in the winning performances in Saturday’s three big Kentucky Derby preps, you’re time is probably better spent looking elsewhere.<p><a href="http://www.drf.com/blogs/watchmaker-few-flaws-latest-derby-prep-wins" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Watchmaker: California Chrome's move to England admirable but strange http://www.drf.com/blogs/watchmaker-california-chromes-move-england-admirable-strange So much happened on Saturday that’s it’s difficult to know where to start. But let’s start with the news Sunday morning that California Chrome, our Horse of the Year of 2014 and a fine second Saturday in the Dubai World Cup, will not come home, at least not right away. California Chrome will instead go to England, train at Newmarket, and point to a race at Royal Ascot, with the likely suspect being the Prince of Wales’s Stakes on June 17. Handicapping California Chrome Sun, 29 Mar 2015 15:11:09 +0000 Mike Watchmaker 351848 at http://www.drf.com <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-carryover"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 0 </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-nodereference field-field-blog-author"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Mike Watchmaker </div> </div> </div> <p>So much happened on Saturday that’s it’s difficult to know where to start. But let’s start with the news Sunday morning that California Chrome, our Horse of the Year of 2014 and a fine second Saturday in the Dubai World Cup, will not come home, at least not right away. California Chrome will instead go to England, train at Newmarket, and point to a race at Royal Ascot, with the likely suspect being the Prince of Wales’s Stakes on June 17.</p><p><a href="http://www.drf.com/blogs/watchmaker-california-chromes-move-england-admirable-strange" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Watchmaker: Jerkens deserves Grade 1 race named for him http://www.drf.com/blogs/watchmaker-jerkens-deserves-grade-1-race-named-him Allen Jerkens, the Hall of Fame trainer who died Wednesday, was a great man and a true racing legend. And those of us who had the highest respect for him, which are legion, know that every single accolade sent Jerkens’s way the last couple of days was thoroughly deserved. Handicapping Dubai Sky Sun, 22 Mar 2015 14:50:02 +0000 Mike Watchmaker 351206 at http://www.drf.com <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-carryover"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 0 </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-nodereference field-field-blog-author"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Mike Watchmaker </div> </div> </div> <p>Allen Jerkens, the Hall of Fame trainer who died Wednesday, was a great man and a true racing legend. And those of us who had the highest respect for him, which are legion, know that every single accolade sent Jerkens’s way the last couple of days was thoroughly deserved.</p> <p>And there has been a flood of them. In fact, the outpouring of emotion from the racing community on Jerkens’s passing has been stunning to observe. I can’t say I recall anything quite like it.</p><p><a href="http://www.drf.com/blogs/watchmaker-jerkens-deserves-grade-1-race-named-him" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Watchmaker: American Pharoah yet to face true test http://www.drf.com/blogs/watchmaker-american-pharoah-yet-face-true-test It speaks volumes to his brilliance that in this age of the Breeders’ Cup, American Pharoah managed to win the vote for last year’s champion 2-year-old male despite not having raced after Sept. 27. And it was a thrill to see American Pharoah successfully return Saturday from an injury-related absence in the Rebel Stakes at Oaklawn Park. Handicapping American Pharoah Sun, 15 Mar 2015 14:51:49 +0000 Mike Watchmaker 350661 at http://www.drf.com <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-carryover"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 0 </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-nodereference field-field-blog-author"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Mike Watchmaker </div> </div> </div> <p>It speaks volumes to his brilliance that in this age of the Breeders’ Cup, American Pharoah managed to win the vote for last year’s champion 2-year-old male despite not having raced after Sept. 27. And it was a thrill to see American Pharoah successfully return Saturday from an injury-related absence in the Rebel Stakes at Oaklawn Park.</p> <p>But I think we need a small dose of realism here.</p><p><a href="http://www.drf.com/blogs/watchmaker-american-pharoah-yet-face-true-test" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Watchmaker: Shared Belief turns in another distinguished performance http://www.drf.com/blogs/watchmaker-shared-belief-turns-another-distinguished-performance When a horse catches a field over which he owns a massive edge, he is supposed to look good when he wins. Even though an amazing 12 lined up to face him, Shared Belief absolutely towered over his field in the Santa Anita Handicap in ways that words fall short of expressing, and he was supposed to crush that group. But what distinguished Shared Belief’s performance Saturday was the way he did what he was supposed to do. Handicapping Shared Belief Sun, 08 Mar 2015 16:04:02 +0000 Mike Watchmaker 350053 at http://www.drf.com <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-carryover"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 0 </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-nodereference field-field-blog-author"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Mike Watchmaker </div> </div> </div> <p>When a horse catches a field over which he owns a massive edge, he is supposed to look good when he wins. Even though an amazing 12 lined up to face him, Shared Belief absolutely towered over his field in the Santa Anita Handicap in ways that words fall short of expressing, and he was supposed to crush that group. But what distinguished Shared Belief’s performance Saturday was the way he did what he was supposed to do.</p><p><a href="http://www.drf.com/blogs/watchmaker-shared-belief-turns-another-distinguished-performance" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Watchmaker: Real accountability needed for stewards http://www.drf.com/blogs/watchmaker-real-accountability-needed-stewards It is often said in baseball, and in varying degrees other sports, that you know the umpires are doing a good job when you don’t even know they are there. The same should be true for stewards in our game. Handicapping Frosted I'm a Chatterbox Imperia Itsaknockout Upstart Sun, 22 Feb 2015 17:16:56 +0000 Mike Watchmaker 348965 at http://www.drf.com <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-carryover"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 0 </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-nodereference field-field-blog-author"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Mike Watchmaker </div> </div> </div> <p>It is often said in baseball, and in varying degrees other sports, that you know the umpires are doing a good job when you don’t even know they are there. The same should be true for stewards in our game.</p><p><a href="http://www.drf.com/blogs/watchmaker-real-accountability-needed-stewards" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Watchmaker: California Chrome's 2014 record speaks for itself http://www.drf.com/blogs/watchmaker-california-chromes-2014-record-speaks-itself One thing I noticed in the aftermath of last week’s decisive score by Shared Belief over California Chrome in the San Antonio is there is a segment of the racing public that took the outcome of the San Antonio as proof that the Eclipse Award electorate got it wrong last December and that Shared Belief should have been Horse of the Year of 2014, not California Chrome. Handicapping California Chrome Shared Belief Sun, 15 Feb 2015 15:56:18 +0000 Mike Watchmaker 348446 at http://www.drf.com <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-carryover"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 0 </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-nodereference field-field-blog-author"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Mike Watchmaker </div> </div> </div> <p>One thing I noticed in the aftermath of last week’s decisive score by Shared Belief over California Chrome in the San Antonio is there is a segment of the racing public that took the outcome of the San Antonio as proof that the Eclipse Award electorate got it wrong last December and that Shared Belief should have been Horse of the Year of 2014, not California Chrome.</p><p><a href="http://www.drf.com/blogs/watchmaker-california-chromes-2014-record-speaks-itself" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Watchmaker: Action-packed Saturday leaves a lot to ponder http://www.drf.com/blogs/watchmaker-action-packed-saturday-leaves-lot-ponder The only downside to fantastic racing days like Saturday is you wish there were more of them. Many more. But Saturday’s stakes action was so good that it left us with plenty to savor for a while. Here are a few morning-after thoughts on the big day. Handicapping Shared Belief Sun, 08 Feb 2015 15:44:19 +0000 Mike Watchmaker 347886 at http://www.drf.com <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-carryover"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 0 </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-nodereference field-field-blog-author"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Mike Watchmaker </div> </div> </div> <p>The only downside to fantastic racing days like Saturday is you wish there were more of them. Many more. But Saturday’s stakes action was so good that it left us with plenty to savor for a while. Here are a few morning-after thoughts on the big day:</p><p><a href="http://www.drf.com/blogs/watchmaker-action-packed-saturday-leaves-lot-ponder" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Watchmaker: Ocean Knight, The Great War score early wins on Derby trail http://www.drf.com/blogs/watchmaker-ocean-knight-great-war-score-early-wins-derby-trail Talking Kentucky Derby the last weekend of January is not dissimilar from putting up Christmas decorations before Halloween. Premature is the word that comes to mind. It’s so early that it’s hard to believe much of what you’re seeing now will have any real meaning come the first Saturday in May. But this is the way of American racing. And at least on Saturday, we saw two Derby aspirants in Ocean Knight and The Great War who are perfectly likable, even at this very early stage. Handicapping Ocean Knight Sun, 01 Feb 2015 15:37:46 +0000 Mike Watchmaker 347363 at http://www.drf.com <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-carryover"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 0 </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-nodereference field-field-blog-author"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Mike Watchmaker </div> </div> </div> <p>Talking Kentucky Derby the last weekend of January is not dissimilar from putting up Christmas decorations before Halloween. Premature is the word that comes to mind. It’s so early that it’s hard to believe much of what you’re seeing now will have any real meaning come the first Saturday in May. But this is the way of American racing. And at least on Saturday, we saw two Derby aspirants in Ocean Knight and The Great War who are perfectly likable, even at this very early stage.</p><p><a href="http://www.drf.com/blogs/watchmaker-ocean-knight-great-war-score-early-wins-derby-trail" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Watchmaker: Few surprises in Eclipse voting http://www.drf.com/blogs/watchmaker-few-surprises-eclipse-voting Given the finalists, I don’t think anyone could say there was even one mildly surprising winner in the 17 equine and human Eclipse Awards announced Saturday night. In a 2014 racing season that had some controversy – the running of the Breeders’ Cup Classic and PETA’s unfounded allegations against Steve Asmussen, to name two matters that immediately come to mind – it is almost a relief there were no controversial outcomes in these Eclipse Awards. Handicapping California Chrome Sun, 18 Jan 2015 15:30:41 +0000 Mike Watchmaker 346355 at http://www.drf.com <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-carryover"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 0 </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-nodereference field-field-blog-author"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Mike Watchmaker </div> </div> </div> <p>Given the finalists, I don’t think anyone could say there was even one mildly surprising winner in the 17 equine and human Eclipse Awards announced Saturday night. In a 2014 racing season that had some controversy – the running of the Breeders’ Cup Classic and PETA’s unfounded allegations against Steve Asmussen, to name two matters that immediately come to mind – it is almost a relief there were no controversial outcomes in these Eclipse Awards.</p><p><a href="http://www.drf.com/blogs/watchmaker-few-surprises-eclipse-voting" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Watchmaker: Two big wins point to 2015 potential http://www.drf.com/blogs/watchmaker-two-big-wins-point-2015-potential A good way to start a new year is with optimism, and two stakes performances Saturday – Lea winning the Hal’s Hope at Gulfstream and Calculator dominating the Sham at Santa Anita – gave us plenty of reason to look forward to the potential of the 2015 racing season. Opinion Columns Calculator Sun, 11 Jan 2015 17:47:33 +0000 Mike Watchmaker 345832 at http://www.drf.com <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-carryover"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 0 </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-nodereference field-field-blog-author"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Mike Watchmaker </div> </div> </div> <p>A good way to start a new year is with optimism, and two stakes performances Saturday – Lea winning the Hal’s Hope at Gulfstream and Calculator dominating the Sham at Santa Anita – gave us plenty of reason to look forward to the potential of the 2015 racing season.</p><p><a href="http://www.drf.com/blogs/watchmaker-two-big-wins-point-2015-potential" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Watchmaker: Sure things and tough calls for Eclipse Awards http://www.drf.com/blogs/watchmaker-sure-things-and-tough-calls-eclipse-awards This year’s 10 equine Eclipse Award divisions on the flat, as always, can be carved up into three categories: the slam dunks, the divisions you have to think about for more than five seconds but don’t really agonize over, and the tough calls. With the understanding that there are still four more Grade 1 events to be run before the end of the calendar year (the Starlet, Los Alamitos Futurity, Le Brea, and Malibu), it now seems safe to assign 2014’s flat equine divisions into our three categories. Opinion Columns California Chrome Sun, 07 Dec 2014 16:03:31 +0000 Mike Watchmaker 343737 at http://www.drf.com <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-carryover"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 0 </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-nodereference field-field-blog-author"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Mike Watchmaker </div> </div> </div> <p>This year’s 10 equine Eclipse Award divisions on the flat, as always, can be carved up into three categories: the slam dunks, the divisions you have to think about for more than five seconds but don’t really agonize over, and the tough calls. With the understanding that there are still four more Grade 1 events to be run before the end of the calendar year (the Starlet, Los Alamitos Futurity, Le Brea, and Malibu), it now seems safe to assign 2014’s flat equine divisions into our three categories.</p> <p>Here’s how I see it:</p> <p><strong>The slam dunks</strong></p><p><a href="http://www.drf.com/blogs/watchmaker-sure-things-and-tough-calls-eclipse-awards" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Watchmaker: Where the Eclipse Award races stand now http://www.drf.com/blogs/watchmaker-where-eclipse-award-races-stand-now Obviously, the Breeders’ Cup has a profound effect on Eclipse Award voting. And unfortunately, that will include this year’s controversial and terribly unsatisfying Breeders’ Cup Classic. Keeping in mind that no one should make his Eclipse decisions just a couple of hours after the Breeders’ Cup is over, let’s take a look at how things appear to stand as of now in each Eclipse Award division. Opinion Columns Breeders' Cup Sun, 02 Nov 2014 03:39:24 +0000 Mike Watchmaker 341057 at http://www.drf.com <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-carryover"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 0 </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-nodereference field-field-blog-author"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Mike Watchmaker </div> </div> </div> <p>Obviously, the Breeders’ Cup has a profound effect on Eclipse Award voting. And unfortunately, that will include this year’s controversial and terribly unsatisfying Breeders’ Cup Classic. Keeping in mind that no one should make his Eclipse decisions just a couple of hours after the Breeders’ Cup is over, let’s take a look at how things appear to stand as of now in each Eclipse Award division.</p><p><a href="http://www.drf.com/blogs/watchmaker-where-eclipse-award-races-stand-now" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Watchmaker: Time to start thinking about Breeders' Cup track bias http://www.drf.com/blogs/watchmaker-time-start-thinking-about-breeders-cup-track-bias Breeders’ Cup pre-entries will be taken tomorrow (Monday) and will be announced Wednesday. And then, the serious Breeders’ Cup handicapping begins. But how can you handicap the Breeders’ Cup if you don’t know how the main track at Santa Anita will be playing? Opinion Columns Bayern Sun, 19 Oct 2014 16:18:12 +0000 Mike Watchmaker 339538 at http://www.drf.com <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-carryover"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 0 </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-nodereference field-field-blog-author"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Mike Watchmaker </div> </div> </div> <p>Breeders’ Cup pre-entries will be taken tomorrow (Monday) and will be announced Wednesday. And then, the serious Breeders’ Cup handicapping begins.</p> <p>But how can you handicap the Breeders’ Cup if you don’t know how the main track at Santa Anita will be playing?</p><p><a href="http://www.drf.com/blogs/watchmaker-time-start-thinking-about-breeders-cup-track-bias" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Watchmaker: Put Wise Dan's latest win in proper perspective http://www.drf.com/blogs/watchmaker-put-wise-dans-latest-win-proper-perspective The reaction following Wise Dan’s win Saturday in the Shadwell Turf Mile, which in some quarters seemed to border on hysterical, mystifies me. Handicapping Columns Wise Dan Sun, 05 Oct 2014 17:04:28 +0000 Mike Watchmaker 338302 at http://www.drf.com <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-carryover"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 0 </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-nodereference field-field-blog-author"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Mike Watchmaker </div> </div> </div> <p>I have said it before, and at the rate he’s going, I will say it again, probably a few times. Although greatness is very much in the eye of the beholder, what is indisputably great about Wise Dan is how he has operated at a very high level for an extended period of time.</p><p><a href="http://www.drf.com/blogs/watchmaker-put-wise-dans-latest-win-proper-perspective" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Watchmaker: Shared Belief forced to show a new side in Awesome Again http://www.drf.com/blogs/watchmaker-shared-belief-forced-show-new-side-awesome-again Unless you are Victor Espinoza himself, it is impossible to know for certain if his tactics on Sky Kingdom in Saturday’s Awesome Again at Santa Anita, carrying heavily favored Shared Belief ridiculously wide on the first turn and down the backstretch, were 100 percent intentional. But there was motive for intent. Handicapping Columns Shared Belief Sun, 28 Sep 2014 15:30:27 +0000 Mike Watchmaker 337575 at http://www.drf.com <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-carryover"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 0 </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-nodereference field-field-blog-author"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Mike Watchmaker </div> </div> </div> <p>Unless you are Victor Espinoza himself, it is impossible to know for certain if his tactics on Sky Kingdom in Saturday’s Awesome Again at Santa Anita, carrying heavily favored Shared Belief ridiculously wide on the first turn and down the backstretch, were 100 percent intentional. But there was motive for intent.</p><p><a href="http://www.drf.com/blogs/watchmaker-shared-belief-forced-show-new-side-awesome-again" target="_blank">read more</a></p>