Midas Eyes, winning the Swale Stakes with Jerry Bailey aboard.

Midas Eyes, winning the Swale Stakes with Jerry Bailey aboard.

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Midas Eyes Being Pointed for Lexington Stakes

Edmund Gann's Midas Eyes, impressive winner of the Swale Stakes in his 3-year-old debut, will make his next start in the Lexington Stakes at Keeneland on April 19, trainer Bobby Frankel said.

Frankel said the lightly raced son of Touch Gold is not being considered for the Kentucky Derby. Midas Eyes' victory in the 7-furlong Swale was a remarkable achievement, winning by 9 1/4 lengths in a blazing 1:21 off a seven-month layoff.

He came out of the race great," Frankel said. "He got a "1 3/4" on the speed sheets. The Lexington is a good spot for him, and stretching out to two turns, I like having the finish at the sixteenth pole. I haven't thought about where he'll go after the Lexington. I want to see what happens in the Derby first, but I may look at the Met Mile. He should get in pretty light."

Frankel had become aware of Midas Eyes when bloodstock agent Mark Reid recommended Super Fuse for purchase after that colt's brilliant.victory in a maiden race at Calder on Aug. 3. When the deal didn't pan out, Frankel asked Reid, "What about the horse who finishedsecond to him?" That turned out to be Midas Eyes. But his owners refused to sell until the colt ran again. After he came back and broke his maiden by 8 lengths, the deal was made.

Frankel said his main Kentucky Derby hope, Florida Derby winner Empire Maker, came out of the race in excellent shape and will have his first workout this Saturday when he works in company with Medaglia d'Oro. "I'm going to take it easy with him and give him only two breezes before the Wood Memorial," Frankel said. "I want his peak performance to be on Derby Day."

Frankel's other Derby contender Peace Rules has been doing great, according to the trainer, who is expecting another big performance in the Blue Grass Stakes. As for having only two starts this year, Frankel said, "Sunny's Halo won the Derby off only two starts and this horse has a solid 2-year-old foundation under him."