Jules, whose millionaire son Peace Rules ran third in the Kentucky Derby (gr. I), died May 8 in Brazil after colicking. The 9-year-old son of Forty Niner had contracted laminitis a couple of months earlier.
Jules, who was produced from the Devil's Bag mare Bonita Francita, had begun his stallion career in 1998 at Arthur I. Appleton's Bridlewood Farm near Ocala, Fla., before shuttling to Haras Santa Maria de Araras in Brazil for the first time that year. The farm ended up buying total interest in Jules in 2002.
Efforts were made to purchase Jules and stand him again in the U.S. around the time Peace Rules established himself as a prime Kentucky Derby contender with a victory in the Louisiana Derby (gr. II) in March. It was around that time that Jules' laminitis started. and talk of the stallion's return eventually was put on hold.
Jules had established himself as a promising stallion with his first U.S. crop. He ranked 26th on the 2001 freshman list by progeny earnings and ended 2002 with a 14th-place ranking on the second-crop list. He currently ranks 13th on this year's general sires list. In Brazil, he topped the 2-year-old list as a first-crop stallion. Last year, he covered some 70 mares in Brazil. Overall, he has sired 10 stakes winners.
A homebred for Jayeff B Stables, Jules won the Nashua Stakes (gr. III) at two in 1996 and the following year's Long Branch Stakes. He was retired with four wins from 11 starts and $293,320 in earnings for trainer Alan Goldberg.