05/08/2003 12:00AM

Empire Maker to pass Preakness


Kentucky Derby runner-up Empire Maker will not be pointed to the Preakness Stakes trainer Bobby Frankel said Thursday.

Frankel will decide by Monday whether to run either Peace Rules or Midas Eyes in next Saturday's Preakness. Peace Rules exits a third-place finish in the Kentucky Derby. Midas Eyes won the Derby Trial-G3. Both horses are owned by Edmund Gann.

Kentucky Derby winner Funny Cide leads a group of only six definite Preakness starters including Indian Express, Midway Road, Senor Swinger, Scrimshaw, and either Peace Rules or Midas Eyes.