05/29/2008 11:00PM

Breakthrough winner for Peace Rules


Time can move slowly for a stallion manager who awaits the first winner by a freshman stallion, especially one who has had full books since being retired to stud. Declan Doyle was waiting for the first victory from one of the 89 registered 2-year-olds from the first crop of the Vinery stallion Peace Rules. He said back in early April that Peace Rules had several runners ready for the Keeneland meet. He thought one or more of them would get Peace Rules off to a quick start.

That quick start did not happen at Keeneland. In fact, the first five starters by the Florida-bred stallion did not make the winner's circle. The anxious anticipation came to an end, however, this past Sunday, when the gender-confusing Trifecta King, a Kentucky-bred filly by Peace Rules, won the $75,000 Cinderella Stakes at Hollywood Park. Trifecta King won by almost four lengths going 5 1/2 furlongs. She had finished second in her debut, a maiden special event at Hollywood Park on May 15. Trifecta King was purchased at the March Barretts auction of 2-year-olds in training for $45,000.

The co-feature on that Hollywood Park card was the Willard L. Proctor Memorial Stakes for 2-year-old males going 5 1/2 furlongs. The race was won by Backbackbackgone, a son of the Bridlewood Farm stallion Put It Back. The colt had made an impressive debut at Bay Meadows, winning by 10 lengths. The result of his second start was never in doubt as Backbackbackgone won in hand by four lengths. The chestnut colt was bred by Louis Rogers and David McKathan and was sold by McKathan's M & H consignment to the OBS March sale of 2-year-olds in training for $65,000.

Agnes Gold gets second-crop winner

The Japanese-bred Agnes Gold, a Grade 2 stakes- winning millionaire son of Sunday Silence, recently had his first winner from his second crop when LeveloX won at first asking going five furlongs on the dirt in Japan. The 10-year-old stallion entered stud in Japan, where he has two crops racing and has a final Japanese crop to come. He now stands at Lambholm in Ocala, where Angelina Palacios is the booking agent.

"He has 13 winners at last count from his first crop, and just the one starter, Level X, from his second crop," Palacios said.

Agnes Gold's first American crop arrived this year.

Lookinforthesecret: Like father, like son

Lookinforthesecret is made of the same tough stuff that typified his hard-knocking sire, Cimarron Secret. Cimarron Secret raced for Frannie McDonnell, owner of Cimarron Farm in Ocala. By Tejano out of a Crafty Prospector mare, Cimarron Secret raced through his seventh year, winning 18 times and placing 14 more, and earned $454,503. He was, as the expression goes, a Saturday horse. On many a Saturday he raced up and down the coast and from Florida to Canada. He won seven stakes and placed in nine more. His forte ranged from 1o1/16 miles to 1 3/4 miles.

Lookinforthesecret, bred by McDonnell, is as tough and consistent but not as versatile as his sire. Lookinforthesecret's niche is going short, and he is at his best on the turf. He has few peers away from the big apples. The 6-year-old speedster made his 34th start this past week at Canterbury Park and won the $50,000 Honor the Hero Stakes for the second consecutive year. This gives him a record of 18 wins, 7 seconds, and 1 third for earnings of $542,918.

* Bill and Annabel Murphy of Ocala's Elangeni Farm enjoyed a good holiday weekend as well. Their homebred 4-year-old filly Graeme Six, by the Florida resident stallion Graeme Hall, won the Grade 3 Winning Colors Stakes at Churchill Downs. It was the fifth win in 14 starts for Graeme Six, who elevated her earnings to $311,854.