Peace Rules Wins the Louisiana Derby

2003 – Edmund A. Gann’s Florida-bred Peace Rules and jockey Edgar Prado a length-and-half behind frontrunning Funny Cide and jockey Jose Santos through the early stages of the $750,000 Louisiana Derby (Grade 2) at Fair Grounds before taking over in the stretch to win by two-and-a-quarter lengths. Kafwain and jockey Victor Espinoza finished second with Funny Cide third at odds of 9-1.

“He definitely surprised me,” trainer Bobby Frankel told the press. “I thought if

The Louisiana Derby was the third consecutive stakes victory but his first on dirt after winningthe Grade 3 Generous and Hill Rise on Turf in Southern California.

Peace Rules, who would win the Grade 2 Toyota Blue Grass at Keeneland in his next start before finishing third in Funny Cide’s Grade 1 Kentucky Derby.

Peace Rules was fourth in the Grade 1 Preakness won by Funny Cide then skipped the Belmont to target the Haskell Invitational, which he won in August in his next start. Peace Rules then finished second to Ten Most Wanted in the Grade 1 Travers before completing his sophomore year with an off-the-board performance in the Grade 1 NetJets Breeders’ Cup Mile at Santa Anita.

The next year, Peace Rules would return to Fair Grounds to win the Grade 2 New Orleans Handicap before taking the Grade 2 Oaklawn Handicap and the Grade 1 Suburban in six starts as a 4-year-old.

By Jules out of Hold to Fashion, by Hold Your Peace, Peace Rules was bred in Florida by Newchance Farm. He retired with nine wins, two seconds and two thirds in 19 races with earnings of $3,084,278 to rank 12th on the all-time list of Florida-bred money earners.

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