the temporary rail set at 30 feet, Peace and Justice erupted on the
front end around the Club House turn and despite staying on his left
lead in deep stretch, held on to take a hard-earned head victory in
Friday’s $65,000 Quasar Purse under Brice Blanc, getting one mile on
turf in 1:32.36.
Photo: Benoit Photo
Trained by John Shirreffs, the 4-year-old War Front colt appeared to be
in deep water a furlong out, as favored Di Giorgio, with Gary Stevens
up, had a full head of steam but Peace and Justice fought gamely to the
wire to just prevail.
The narrow 9-5 second choice in the seven-horse Quasar, a third
condition allowance for older horses, Peace and Justice paid $5.80,
$3.40 and $2.60.
“I was hoping he would relax a little more,” said Blanc, who registered
his third win in two days. “He’s really aggressive, he’s a raw
diamond. He’s got a lot of speed, a lot of natural speed and he’s very
stubborn. You can’t force him to do anything.”
Owned by Justice Family Racing, LLC, Peace and Justice was a first-out
maiden winner going a mile over a yielding turf on June 12 at Belmont
Park and he came off a big gate to wire allowance win going a mile on
the Santa Anita lawn Jan. 5.
“He never switched leads, the whole way around,” said Shirreffs.
“Brice said he was so keen he never took time to switch leads. On the
gallop out, Brice relaxed a bit and he just switched on over to his
right lead, so he’s got a long way to go.”
With the winner’s share of $39,000, Peace and Justice hiked his
earnings to $125,728. He now has three wins from five starts.
The actual favorite at 9-5, Argentine-bred Di Giorgio sat a comfortable
second the entire trip and at one point was 10 lengths behind the
winner after the first half mile—and looked to many to be a winner
turning for home.
Di Giorgio paid $3.20 and $2.40.
A distant fifth early, Outside Nashville, the third choice at 9-2 with
Rafael Bejarano, finished 1 ½ lengths behind Di Giorgio and paid $2.60
Fractions on the race were 22.47, 44.55, 1:08.05 and 1:20.20.