Peace Rules in First Work Since Preakness

(From Belmont track reports)
Edmund Gann's Peace Rules, breezed a half mile over Belmont's main track in :48 Friday morning in his first workout since finishing a distant fourth behind Visa Triple Crown hopeful Funny Cide in the May 17 Preakness (gr. I). NYRA clockers caught the colt galloping out five furlongs in 1:00 4/5.

"I'm happy," Hall of Fame trainer Bobby Frankel said. "He's fine."

Jockey Edgar Prado, aboard for the move, was happy too. "He felt good," Prado said. "He went nice and easy. Plenty left."

After running a gutsy third in the Kentucky Derby, Peace Rules tired considerably when finishing more than 10 lengths behind Funny Cide in the Preakness. Prado, however, was proud of the colt's showing in the 2003 Triple Crown.

"His Derby was great, I just don't think he cared for the track at Pimlico," Prado said. "It was real slippery. He usually has more fight than that. I'm still a big fan of his."

Peace Rules is bypassing the last leg of the Triple Crown, the $1 million Belmont Stakes (gr. I) on June 7, but Frankel has not yet picked out a re-entry spot for the son of Jules. He said the Virginia Derby, run July 12 at Colonial Downs, is a potential choice. The Virginia Derby, run at 10 furlongs on the turf, would be Peace Rules' first start on the grass since winning Santa Anita's Hill Rise last December.