Peace Rules Breezes Half in :45 2/5; Plans Still Up in the Air
Updated: Thursday, June 26, 2003 1:24 PM
Posted: Wednesday, June 25, 2003 2:57 PM
Photo: Anne M. Eberhardt
Peace Rules, at Keeneland this past spring.
Edmund Gann's Peace Rules showed his sharpness Wednesday morning, breezing a half in a bullet :45 2/5 over a fast Belmont track. It was the fastest of 68 works at the distance, with the next fastest work being :47.
Peace Rules has not started since finishing fourth in the Preakness Stakes over a track he apparently did not like. Trainer Bobby Frankel said he won't decide whether to run Peace Rules or Gann's Midas Eyes in the July 6 Dwyer Stakes until the week of the race. Peace Rules' main objective is the $1 million Haskell Invitational on Aug. 3, while Midas Eyes may point for the grade I King's Bishop Stakes at Saratoga.
"It was a fast work, but he's a fast worker," Frankel said later in the afternoon. "In the last race, $17,500 claimers went 6 furlongs in 1:09 1/5."
Also working this morning was Dwyer possible Dynever, who is coming off a well-beaten fourth in the Belmont Stakes. The son of Dynaformer breezed a half in :50 3/5 for trainer Chris Clement.
"I was happy with the work," Clement said. "I will work him back either Monday or Tuesday. As long as he works well next week, he'll go to the Dwyer."
Other Dwyer possibles are the undefeated Sky Mesa and Sir Barton winner Best Minister, who was withdrawn from the Belmont Stakes due to a cough.
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