06/25/2009 11:00PM

Midst set to flaunt talent in My Dear


ETOBICOKE, Ontario - The promising Midst heads a 13-horse field Sunday at Woodbine in the 72nd running of the $150,000 My Dear Stakes.

The five-furlong dash for 2-year-old fillies is the fourth leg of a pick six that Woodbine will seed with $150,000. The inaugural such pick six last Sunday returned $203,499 to one winning ticketholder in New Hampshire.

Midst made both of her starts around a gradual turn over 4 1/2 furlongs at Keeneland in April. Her second-place finish in her debut came behind Aegean, who returned to beat the boys in the Grade 3 Kentucky Juvenile Stakes.

Trainer Mark Casse said Midst didn't have the smoothest of trips in her opener.

"She broke a touch slow, and then she rushed up," said Casse. "The filly who won was really impressive."

Midst subsequently won her maiden with ease in a quick clocking of 50.37. No Beyer Figures are given for the 4 1/2-furlong races at Keeneland.

Casse has a great deal of admiration for Midst, a daughter of freshman sire Closing Argument, who finished second to Giacomo in the 2005 Kentucky Derby.

"From Day 1 when we got her this winter, she's just been exceptional," said Casse. "Whatever you do with her, she just keeps going. I don't think that she's just fast."

Midst was entered against the boys June 14 in the Victoria Stakes, but Casse scratched her because she had just been sold to Let's Go Stable. He said this will be her last start for him, and that she is to be sent to trainer Todd Pletcher.

Casse also entered Wildcat Aly, who won her only outing in a 4 1/2-furlong maiden special on May 17.

American shippers Truth and Justice, Franny Freud, Singandprayfurrhen, Richiegirlgonewild and Letter of the Law are also in the lineup.

Truth and Justice, trained by Kelly Breen, received a 75 Beyer after leading throughout her lone start in a maiden special at Monmouth.

Franny Freud, trained by John Terranova, earned a 76 Beyer in her authoritative first-out maiden score at Belmont. Singandprayfurrhen and Richiegirlgonewild are both coming off a maiden win over Arlington's Polytrack. Letter of the Law graduated second time out at Presque Isle Downs.

First-time starter Pica Slew has been working quickly for trainer Greg de Gannes, who won the Victoria with the debuting Olredlgetcha.