Preakness-Bound Peace Rules, Kissin Saint Drill

(from Belmont track report)
Two Preakness-bound starters, Peace Rules and Kissin Saint, turned in workouts over Belmont's main track this morning. Derby Trial (gr. III) Midas Eyes, recorded his first workout since winning at Churchill Downs.

Midas Eyes is likely for either Belmont's $200,000 Peter Pan (gr. II) on May 24 or the $750,000 Metropolitan Handicap (gr. I) on May 26.

Workout times for all three colts were unavailable, however, after thick fog blanketed Belmont Park for over an hour. All three horses went to the track shortly after the 8:15 a.m. break. New York Racing Association clockers received a five-furlong work order for Kissin Saint, a half-mile order for Peace Rules and a six-furlong order for Midas Eyes.

Although unable to see both colts in their respective workouts, Hall of Fame trainer Bobby Frankel seemed pleased with Peace Rules and Midas Eyes. As of this morning, it appears Peace Rules, who was third to Funny Cide in the Kentucky Derby, will be his only Preakness starter.

Not only will Peace Rules and Funny Cide vie for favoritism in next Saturday's Preakness Stakes, but both horses share enviable traits as well. Funny Cide and Peace Rules are blessed with natural speed, have won prestigious stakes races and never back down from a stretch run without putting up a good fight.

I'm anxious to run against Funny Cide again," Frankel said this morning. "From what I saw of his work, he looked good. He'll ship to Maryland on either Wednesday or Thursday."

Midas Eyes, who like Peace Rules is owned by Edmund Gann, is undefeated in a pair of starts for Frankel. The colt by 1997 Belmont Stakes winner Touch Gold was a runaway winner of Gulfstream's Swale (gr. III) in March and most recently scored as the heavy favorite in Churchill Downs' Derby Trial.

"As of now he's not running in the Preakness," Frankel said.

Peter Karches' Kissin Saint, a distant third to Empire Maker and Funny Cide in Aqueduct's April 12 Wood Memorial, will try the big boys again in the Preakness. Trainer Lisa Lewis was originally considering the Peter Pan for the colt, but said there are a number of reasons to race in the second leg of the Triple Crown.

"The Peter Pan is a one-turn race and I think two turns is a better fit for him," Lewis said. "He's just really blossomed over the last four weeks. His coat looks great and I think he's finally figured the game out. We're going into the Preakness off five weeks rest. The Derby horses have two. Our horse should have an honest pace to run at."

Jockey Richard Migliore was aboard Kissin Saint for the colt's five-furlong workout this morning. Migliore will have the mount in the Preakness, a race he finished second in last year aboard longshot Magic Weisner.