Peace Rules was honored as 2003 Florida-bred Horse of the Year Monday night during the Florida Thoroughbred Breeders and Owners Association's annual awards dinner in Ocala. Last year, the 4-year-old son of Jules earned more than $1.8 million and captured the Haskell Invitational Handicap (gr. I), Blue Grass Stakes (gr. I), and Louisiana Derby (gr. II). He also was second in the Travers Stakes (gr. I) and third in the Kentucky Derby (gr. I).
It previously had been announced that Peace Rules was the 2003 champion Florida-bred 3-year-old colt.
Bred by Ron Chak's Newchance Farm, Peace Rules is owned by Edmund Gann and trained by Bobby Frankel. The colt is a graded winner this year.
Other honorees Monday included the following:
John Franks, Florida Breeder of the Year and leading owner by Florida-bred earnings.
Montbrook, Florida Stallion of the Year.
Hold to Fashion, dam of Peace Rules, Florida Broodmare of the Year.
Drs. Kalarikkal K. and Vilasini D. Jayaraman, and Casey Seaman, Needles Award.
Harold J. Plumley, Bruce Campbell Award.
Newchance Farm, Joe O'Farrell Memorial Award.Halo's Image
, leading Florida juvenile sire.Family Calling
, leading Florida freshman sire.
Boston Fox, Florida-bred Claiming Horse of the Year.
Call Me Mr. Vain, special recognition award.
Enrique Alonso and Edward Plesa Jr., leading Florida trainers of Florida-breds by stakes wins.
Edward Plesa Jr., leading Florida trainer of Florida-breds by earnings.
Kathleen O'Connell, leading Florida trainer of Florida-breds by wins.