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Peace Rules Edges Brancusi in Slow Blue Grass Renewal

Peace Rules Edges Brancusi in Slow Blue Grass Renewal

When Harlan's Holiday won last year's Blue Grass Stakes (gr. I) in a time of 1:51.51, it was the slowest winning time in the 1 1/8-mile race since Granacus (1:52) beat Intensive Command by three lengths in 1988. On Saturday, Peace Rules creeped home slower than Harlan's Holiday, finishing the key Kentucky Derby prep race in 1:51.73 on the fast track.

Cassidy, Steelaninch Earn La Puente Nod

Trainer James Cassidy had his patience rewarded Saturday when British import Steelaninch, under jockey Victor Espinoza, won the $150,000 La Puente Stakes on the Santa Anita turf by a nose over 11-10 favorite Singletary, who was ridden by David Flores.

Claim Pays Off: No Jacket Required Takes Shakertown

No Jacket Required, claimed by trainer Tom Amoss for $40,000 in his last start, returned to the track Saturday to earn a neck-length win in the $113,700 Shakertown Stakes (gr. IIIT) at Keeneland. Under jockey Brice Blanc, the 6-year-old gelded son of Jolie's Halo completed the 5 1/2 furlongs in 1:03.25 on firm turf.

Saarland Wins Aqueduct Allowance

Cynthia Phipps' Saarland, one of last year's leading Kentucky Derby (gr. I) prospects, won his first race since November on Friday at Aqueduct Park, defeating four rivals in an allowance race as the 7-5 favorite.

Abrams Needs Stitches After Head Butt

Barry Abrams received 10 stitches to close a cut between his eyes in the emergency room at Arcadia Methodist Hospital Wednesday after 3-year-old filly The Toast of Troy head-butted him in the Santa Anita paddock prior to the fourth race.

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