Midway Road to Breeze Monday; Howard Waits

William S. Farish's Midway Road is scheduled for a Monday breeze at Churchill Downs that could help trainer Neil Howard to decide whether the colt will be a definite starter in the Preakness (gr. I) May 17.

"We're doing like a few other people are doing," Howard said, "just kind of staying focused on what our horse is doing but also watching how things are developing."

Howard said Midway Road, a homebred son of Jade Hunter who is coming off an easy victory in a Keeneland allowance race, would have a four-furlong breeze on Monday. If the decision is to go on to the Preakness, Midway Road would travel to Baltimore on Tuesday with stablemate Mineshaft, the winner of the New Orleans Handicap (gr. II) and Ben Ali (gr. III) who will run in the Pimlico Special (gr. I) on May 16.

Midway Road last worked on Wednesday, when he covered six furlongs over a sloppy track in 1:13.60.

"He breezed well and he's doing good, but it's a big jump," Howard said. "You have to be careful with a horse that wins like that at Keeneland -- it could be a little misleading. He ran a good race. Don't get me wrong. It was a race that you would make you very confident about going to the next level, whether that's another allowance race or going into a grade III somewhere. But going to a grade I, much less a classic, that's still a little bit of a gray area."

Howard won the Preakness in his only attempt with Dogwood Stable's Summer Squall in 1990.

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