Peace Rules, a multiple grade I winner and multi-millionaire, has been retired from racing following the discovery of a filling in his left front leg.
Trainer Bobby Frankel said it was nothing serious, but it would prohibit the colt from racing the remainder of the year. Peace Rules, a 4-year-old by Jules, was scheduled to contest Saturday's Jockey Club Gold Cup (gr. I) at Belmont Park.
"It was just a filling," Frankel said. "We discovered in Monday morning. He was never off, and he looks 100% this morning. It's part of this business you have to accept. He's already been sold and will stand in Florida, but the people who bought him want to make the announcement themselves. The important thing now is that he's fine and he's going home sound."
Frankel had been thinking on substituting Stronach Stable's Powerful Touch in the Jockey Club Gold Cup, but has decided to send him to Chicago for Saturday's Hawthorne Gold Cup (gr. II) instead.
Owned by Edmund Gann, Peace Rules won eight stakes, seven of which were graded. He scored grade I wins in last year's Haskell Invitational Handicap and Toyota Blue Grass Stakes and this year's Suburban Handicap, with champion Funny Cide third in both the Haskell and Suburban.
Peace Rules also scored graded wins in the Louisiana Derby (gr. II), New Orleans (gr. II) and Oaklawn (gr. II) Handicaps, and the Generous Stakes (gr. IIIT). His stakes-placings included efforts in the Kentucky Derby (gr. I, a third to winner Funny Cide) and the Travers Stakes (gr. I).
Peace Rules retired with nine wins from 19 starts and earnings of $3,084,278. Bred in Florida by Newchance Farm and produced from the Hold Your Peace mare Hold to Fashion, Peace Rules initially raced for Maggi Moss, Dale Cohen, and Gregory Dickinson before Gann bought him after the colt's third start.
No decision has been reached as to where Peace Rules will enter stud.