Midas Eyes Breezes 5 Furlongs in 1:00 3/5
by Steve Haskin
Date Posted: 6/30/2003 2:08:36 PM
Last Updated: 7/1/2003 11:02:42 AM

Midas Eyes, in his Derby Trial victory, is expected to run in the Dwyer Stakes.
Photo: Anne M. Eberhardt
Edmund Gann's Midas Eyes, breezed 5 furlongs in a sharp 1:00 1/5 Monday morning, in preparation for next Sunday's grade II Dwyer Stakes, which is shaping up to be a classy, competitive race.

Midas Eyes has not run since his game second-place finish to Posse in the 7-furlong Riva Ridge Stakes in the slop on Belmont Stakes day. Prior to that, the son of Touch Gold captured the one-mile Derby Trial Stakes and 7-furlong Swale Stakes, which he won by 8 lengths in 1:21 flat.

Frankel also has Gann's Peace Rules ready for the Dwyer after the colt breezed a half in :45 2/5 last week, but said he likely will go with Midas Eyes, with Peace Rules waiting for the $1 million Haskell Invitational Handicap at Monmouth on Aug. 3.

The 1 1/16-mile Dwyer also is likely to attract the undefeated Sky Mesa, who would be making his first start since winning the Lane's End Breeders' Futurity at Keeneland last October. Other top names pointing for the Dwyer are Sir Barton winner Best Minister, who was withdrawn from the Belmont Stakes after coming down with a cough three days before the race; and Lone Star Derby and Aventura Stakes winner Dynever, who was highly regarded for the Belmont Stakes, but could finish no better than fourth over the sloppy track.

The Dwyer could serve as a prep for either the Haskell or the Jim Dandy Stakes at Saratoga the same day. Belmont Stakes winner Empire Maker is expected to use the Jim Dandy as his prep for the Travers Stakes on Aug. 23, while Kentucky Derby and Preakness winner Funny Cide is heading for the Haskell.

Belmont Stakes runner-up Ten Most Wanted will prep for the Travers in the Swaps Stakes at Hollywood Park on July 13.

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