Grade I winner Midas Eyes, stretching out to nine furlongs in Saturday's $1 million Ocala Breeders' Sales Classic at Gulfstream Park, is the 3-1 morning line favorite in a full field for the featured event on the Sunshine Millions card.
There's $3.6 million on the line for Florida and California breds in the Sunshine Millions, with four races each contested at Gulfstream and Santa Anita Park. The eight stakes drew 92 entries. Fourteen horses were entered for the Classic, with a maximum of 12 to enter the starting gate.
The 5-year-old Midas Eyes, trained by Bobby Frankel, has gone the 1 1/8-mile distance only once before, running fourth in the Strub Stakes (gr. II) for 4-year-olds at Santa Anita last year. He won the Forego Handicap (gr. I) in September before finishing 10th as the favorite in the Breeders' Cup Sprint (gr. I) on Oct. 30 at Lone Star Park.
In his last start at Gulfstream, the Florida-bred son of Touch Gold
won the seven-furlong Swale in stakes-record time of 1:21.
A pair of Florida-breds, Limehouse (6-1) and Second of June (8-1) were stakes winners at Gulfstream last year. Limehouse took the Hutcheson Stakes (gr. II) while Second of June tallied in the Holy Bull (gr. III).
The 4-year-old Second of June was also a participant in possibly the most sensational race of the Gulfstream meeting last year, losing a heartbreaker to Read the Footnotes in the Fountain of Youth (gr. II) in February. Injured in the race, Second of June returned with a second-place finish by a neck in a local optional allowance/claiming event Dec. 27 for trainer Bill Cesare.
Limehouse, who ran fourth in the Kentucky Derby (gr. I) last year, also returned from an injury with a runner-up finish in his comeback race for Eclipse Award-winning trainer Todd Pletcher, losing to Saratoga County in the Mr. Prospector (gr. III) Jan. 8 at Gulfstream.
Patrick Valenzuela, the troubled superstar rider, returns to Gulfstream to ride Florida-bred Classic Endeavor (8-1), who brings a five-race winning streak with him from New York. The run began in claiming races but grew to include two grade III stakes, the Stuyvesant and Queens County handicaps at Aqueduct.
Cozy Guy, the California Cup Classic winner in October, leads the Cal-bred contingent.$1 million Sunshine Millions Classic (Race 10, 5:45 p.m., ET), 4 & up, California and Florida breds, 1 1/8 miles
PP. Horse, Jockey, Weight
1. Cozy Guy, Jose Santos, 120
2. Royal Place, Jose Valdivia Jr., 122
3. Musique Toujours, Jorge Chavez, 122
4. Zakocity, Eibar Coa, 120
5. Second of June, Cornelio Velasquez, 120
6. Classic Endeavor, Patrick Valenzuela, 122
7. Lava Man, Jon Court, 120
8. Stockholder, Pat Day, 122
9. El Don, Russell Baze, 120
10. Limehouse, John Velazquez, 120
11. Midas Eyes, Edgar Prado, 122
12. Supah Blitz, Rafael Bejarano, 122 Also Eligible
13. Hear No Evil, Eddie Castro, 122
14. Mister Fotis, Jorge Chavez, 120