07/07/2009 11:00PM

Dirt the unknown factor in Prince of Wales


FORT ERIE, Ontario - Eye of the Leopard, winner of the 1 1/4-mile Queen's Plate at Woodbine on June 21, has been made the 9-5 favorite to take down the 1 3/16-mile Prince of Wales Stakes here at Fort Erie on Sunday.

A field of six was announced Wednesday for the $500,000 Prince of Wales, which is the second leg of the Triple Crown for Canadian-bred 3-year-olds.

Joining Eye of the Leopard will be Queen's Plate returnees Mr. Foricos Two U, Milwaukee Appeal, Flip for the Coin, and Keino West, plus recent Woodbine maiden winner Gallant.

All will be making their first starts on dirt in the Prince of Wales, which is the showpiece of the Fort Erie meeting.

Eye of the Leopard, a neck winner of the Queen's Plate for trainer Mark Frostad and jockey Eurico Rosa da Silva, drew post 5 for the Prince of Wales.

"Perfect," Frostad said. "We've got the speed inside of us. We'll be able to sit and see what happens."

Mr. Foricos Two U and Milwaukee Appeal, the two-three finishers in the Queen's Plate with the filly Milwaukee Appeal being beaten a head for second money, drew posts 4 and 2, respectively.

Mike Smith will return from California for the mount on Mr. Foricos Two U, an Ontario-sired gelding who is trained by Catherine Day Phillips and is the 2-1 second choice in the morning line set by Fort Erie oddsmaker Jerry Davis.

Milwaukee Appeal, who came into the Queen's Plate off an emphatic 3o3/4-length score in the 1 1/8-mile Woodbine Oaks on June 7, is the third choice at 5-2 and again will have import rider Stewart Elliot in the irons.

"I'd rather be outside but I think we'll be okay," trainer Scott Fairlie said. "We'll be running out of there this time."

Flip for the Coin and Keino West closed ground to finish fifth and sixth, respectively in the Queen's Plate but will be considered longshots for the Prince of Wales.

Steven Bahen takes over aboard the 8-1 Flip for the Coin while Gerry Olguin retains the mount on 12-1 Keino West.

Gallant, winner of a 1 1/8-mile maiden race at Woodbine on May 31, also has been pegged at 12-1 and will have a new rider in Corey Fraser.