07/11/2011 12:00PM

Video: Who's ahead in the Eclipse Awards race?

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DRF national handicapper Mike Watchmaker and correspondent David Grening discuss the Eclipse Awards picture midway through the racing season.

Mike Watchmaker's divisional rankings

Ratings for July 5, 2011. For weekly updates: Watchmaker Watch »

Older Males

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1 - First Dude (4)
Won 3 straight; that’s huge for these
2 - Twirling Candy (1)
Still a big talent; 10 furlongs an issue
3 -Tizway (2)
His Met Mile looks better with time
4 - Sidney’s Candy (3)
In new hands; better on main track?

5 - Game On Dude (new) 8 - Apart (7)
6 - Setsuko (5) 9 - Crown of Thorns (8)
7 - Mission Impazible (6) 10 - Pool Play

3-Year-Old Males

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1 - Animal Kingdom
Derby winner is out for the year
2 - Shackleford
Division is totally up for grabs now
3 - Ruler On Ice
Must prove Belmont win was legitimate
4 - Nehro
Fourth in Belmont with an ankle chip

5 - Mucho Macho Man 8 - Brilliant Speed
6 - Dialed In 9 - Stay Thirsty
7 - Toby's Corner 10 - Dominus (new)

Turf Males

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1 -Cape Blanco (new)
Euro was much the best in U.S. debut
2 -Gio Ponti (1)
Think he should now target mile events
3 -Courageous Cat (2)
Hope classy miler can stay on the track
4 -Acclamation (3)
Hot now; can he keep it going this time?

5 - Paddy O’Prado (4) 8 - Fluke (7)
6 - Mission Approved (5) 9 - Caracortado (8)
7 - Get Stormy (6) 10 - Teaks North (9)

Sprinters

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1 - Big Drama
Being freshened for late summer return
2 - Trappe Shot
Wowed in True North; a major player
3 - Smiling Tiger
Triple Bend romp was more like it
4 -Aikenite (5)
Met Mile proved he’s a closing sprinter

5 - Morning Line (6) 8 - Amazombie
6 - Noble’s Promise (4) 9 - Flashpoint
7 - Apriority 10 - Euroears

Older Females

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1 - Havre de Grace
Continued streak with nice win at Del
2 - Blind Luck
She's back! Impressed in the Vanity
3 - Awesome Maria
Stayed perfect in '11 with Phipps win
4 - Switch
This is a strong and deep division

5 - Unrivaled Belle 8 - Miss Match
6 - Sassy Image (7) 9 - Hilda's Passion
7 - Always a Princess (6) 10 - St Trinians

3-Year-Old Females

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1 - R Heat Lightning
Sidelined; Acorn result flattered her
2 - Royal Delta
Mother Goose result flattered her
3 - It's Tricky
Most impressive in her Acorn score
4 - Buster's Ready
Mother Goose winner much improved

5 - Plum Pretty 8 - Turbulent Descent
6 - Zazu 9 - Joyful Victory
7 - St. John's River 10 - May Day Rose

Turf Females

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1 - Wasted Tears
Should focus on mile races here on out
2 - Aviate
Clearly didn't handle off turf at Belmont
3 - Aruna
Holds spot with perfect-trip win at Cnl
4 - Shared Account
Dull in '11 bow; improvement likely

5 - Dubawi Heights 8 - Keertana (7)
6 - Stacelita (new) 9 - Hibaayeb (8)
7 - Fantasia (10) 10 -Giants Play (9)