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Mar 05, 2004

Peace Rules garners New Orleans Handicap

By: Sports Network

New Orleans, LA (Sports Network) - Peace Rules overcame a stewards" inquiry and

a jockey"s objection to win the $500,000 New Orleans Handicap at the Fair

Grounds. The victory allowed Peace Rules to become just the second horse to win

the racetrack"s feature stakes races in consecutive years.

Last year, Peace Rules captured the Louisiana Derby at the Fair Grounds to join

Master Derby as the only horses to claim the derby and New Orleans Handicap in two

straight years.

Peace Rules, ridden by Jerry Bailey, took the lead shortly after the start, but caused

all kinds of problems heading into the clubhouse turn. Entering the turn he moved to

the rail even though he was not clear of Saint Liam, who was running second. This

caused Saint Liam to move to the outside, which in turn forced Sir Cherokee to push

Ten Most Wanted to the middle of the track.

Peace Rules and Saint Liam ran one-two up the backstretch with Funny Cide running

third. Around the final turn Peace Rules and Saint Liam hooked up in a stretch

battle. It appeared that the two four-year-olds bumped several times down the stretch.

Peace Rules prevailed by a nose over Saint Liam. Funny Cide finished third and Seattle

Fitz was fourth. The time for the 1 1/8 miles was 1:48.61.

Immediately after the finish the stewards lodged an inquiry and jockey Edgar Prado

filed an objection. It took about 15 minutes for the judges to determine that no

change in the order of finish was warranted.

Peace Rules returned $9.20, $4.60 and $3.60. Saint Liam paid $6.20 and $5.00, and

Funny Cide paid $4.60 for show.

Peace Rules is owned by Edmund Gann and trained by Bobby Frankel. The victory, worth

$300,000, was the colt"s first win of the year. He now has earned more than $2.4 million

with seven wins in 15 starts.

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