Haskell Invitational H. (gr. I)

(gr. I , 9f ,)

PEACE RULES (CH h, 121 lb) $600,000
Jules —Hold to Fashion , by Hold Your Peace
B—Newchance Farm, FL.; O—Edmund A. Gann; T—Robert J. Frankel

Sky Mesa (B h, 118 lb) $200,000
Pulpit —Caress , by Storm Cat
B—Harbor View Farm, KY.; O—John C. Oxley; T—John T. Ward, Jr.

Funny Cide (CH g, 123 lb) $100,000
Distorted Humor —Belle's Good Cide , by Slewacide
B—WinStar Farm, LLC, NY.; O—Sackatoga Stable; T—Barclay Tagg

Margins: 1¾, 7¼, 1. Others: Wild and Wicked 118($60,000) , Max Forever 115($30,000) , Kool Humor 115($10,000) , Excessivepleasure 117 . Winning Jockey, Edgar S. Prado.

Peace Rules, who with his win in the Haskell Invitational Handicap (gr. I) helped propel himself toward the top of the 3-year-old division, started out as a turf runner. In fact, he made his first two starts on dirt, but didn’t break his maiden until his initial turf outing last September at Belmont Park. After that four-length win, Edmund Gann purchased the colt privately and transferred him to Bobby Frankel’s barn.

Even the change in trainers didn’t mean an immediate change in surface for Peace Rules. In his first start for Frankel the colt lost the Pinjara Stakes by a head to Man Among Men, while competing over Santa Anita’s turf course. In his next start he won the grade III Generous Stakes on the grass at Hollywood Park, and in his last start of 2002, Peace Rules won the Hill Rise Stakes on turf by three-quarters of a length over Singletary.

In 2003, Peace Rules has raced exclusively on the dirt, first beating Funny Cide in the Louisiana Derby (gr. II), then taking the Toyota Blue Grass Stakes (gr. I) over Brancusi. The Haskell is the first win for Peace Rules since then. He ran third in the Kentucky Derby (gr. I) and fourth in the Preakness Stakes (gr. I), both times to Funny Cide.

Ronald Chak bred Peace Rules in the name of his Newchance Farm, which is located near Summerfield, Fla. Chak entered Peace Rules in the 2000 Ocala Breeders’ Sales Company’s October mixed sale, but he failed to meet his reserve and was bought back for $11,500. The following year he entered the colt in the OBS August yearling sale, but withdrew him. Then, last year, he sold him to trainer Gary Contessa at the OBS March sale of 2-year-olds in training for $35,000. Contessa trained Peace Rules until he was purchased by Gann.

Jules, sire of 13 stakes winners, is the sire of Peace Rules and eight other stakes winners of 2003, including Brazilian group I winner Must Be Flying. Jules died of colic in May of this year at Haras Santa Maria de Araras in Brazil.—K.I.G.