A1A Racing announced April 12 it will pay a $250,000 bonus to the breeder of first-year Pennsylvania sire Peace and Justice 's first non-restricted, black-type stakes winner.
"We are excited about the potential Peace and Justice has to become the next top sire in Pennsylvania," said Steve Young, owner of A1A Racing, which stands the 7-year-old son of War Front —Strike the Sky, by Smart Strike. "He has all the attributes you could want in a son of War Front. We hope this bonus will help attract the best possible mares, giving him every chance to become a dominant force in this region."
Peace and Justice stands for $3,500 at Glenn and Becky Brok's Diamond B Farm near Mohrsville, Pa. He is a three-time winning miler on both coasts who agent David Ingordo purchased for $425,000 at the 2011 Keeneland September yearling sale.
"He was a gorgeous yearling," Ingordo said. "Strong, athletic walk. A really well-balanced War Front colt with a lot of scope. From the first day we put tack on him at Mayberry Farm we always felt he was special."
On the racetrack, Peace and Justice ran three 95+ Beyer Speed Figures. He captured a Santa Anita Park allowance contest by 5 1/4 lengths, and another one-mile race wire-to-wire in a swift 1:32.36, in which he beat grade 1 winner Drill .
"I thought he was brilliant (on the racetrack)," trainer John Shirreffs said. "He was very focused and he had a lot of speed. Physically, he is well-balanced and very muscular."
Peace and Justice is a half brother to grade 2 winner Hudson Steele and to Lauren Byrd, who is the dam of grade 1-placed dirt runner My Man Sam. He is bred on the same cross as Peace and War, winner of the Darley Alcibiades Stakes (G1) and placed in the Cotillion Stakes (G1).
The bonus will be paid to the official breeder of record as reported to The Jockey Club. To be eligible, the winner must capture a non-restricted black-type stakes between Jan. 1, 2020, and Dec. 31, 2021, and not be subsequently disqualified as the winner.