07/30/2004 12:00AM

Canterbury: Six in Timeless Prince

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SHAKOPEE, Minn. - Only six Minnesota-breds will run in the $40,000 Timeless Prince Stakes for statebred 2-year-olds, but the assembled cast suggests the outcome of this 5 1/2-furlong contest will have a major bearing on the Northern Lights Futurity and Debutante later this month at Canterbury Park.

Bigeyelittleyou looms as the probable favorite. A $30,000 yearling purchase at last year's Minnesota Thoroughbred Association yearling auction, Bigeyelittleyou won impressively in his career debut despite breaking a bit slowly in a maiden contest in June. Tried next in the Prairie Gold Juvenile, Bigeyelittleyou produced a sustained response to finish second to Departing Now last month at Prairie Meadows. Leading rider Derek Bell rejoins forces with Bigeyelittleyou in the Timeless Prince for trainer Wilson Brown.

Brown also saddles George L Brown in the Timeless Prince. A winner in his first start at Canterbury Park, George L Brown suffered a tough trip in the Prairie Gold Juvenile but might rebound with the addition of Lasix in the Timeless Prince. Mel Toro will ride.

Jolies Tom Cat poses an upset threat in the Timeless Prince. A pace-pressing winner in his second career start, Jolies Tom Cat will be ridden by Martin Escobar.