10/03/2004 11:00PM

Cliff's Edge retired to Vinery


LEXINGTON, Ky. - Vinery in Lexington has added 2004 Blue Grass winner The Cliff's Edge to its Kentucky stallion roster, and will also stand three-time Grade 1 winner Peace Rules at a new Vinery facility near Ocala, Fla.

The Cliff's Edge retired from racing on Sunday after trainer Nick Zito discovered that the 3-year-old Gulch colt had fractured his right front ankle in Saturday's . The Cliff's Edge finished third in that race, which was won by Funny Cide. The Cliff's Edge underwent surgery Monday at the New Jersey Equine Clinic and is expected to arrive at Vinery within a month, assuming his recovery goes well. He will stand for $20,000 as the property of Vinery and Robert LaPenta, who campaigned the colt.

The Cliff's Edge retires with wins in the Blue Grass, the Grade 2 Kentucky Jockey Club, and the Grade 3 Iroquois. A son of the Danzig mare Zigember, he has a lifetime record of 13-4-5-2 and $1,265,258 in earnings.

Peace Rules, a 4-year-old Jules colt that Bobby Frankel trained for Edmund Gann, will stand at Vinery's new Florida division for a $15,000 fee in 2005. Peace Rules, winner of the Haskell and Blue Grass in 2003 and the Suburban this year, has a career record of 19-9-2-2, including eight stakes victories, and $3,084,278 in winnings. Peace Rules is out of the Hold Your Peace mare Hold to Fashion, who also produced the stakes winner Wild Fashion.

"He will be our marquee horse at the new facility," said Vinery general manager Bates Newton, who described the farm as 220 acres of a former cattle property south of Ocala. "We'll stand stallions there, and eventually we'll have a training center where we can break and train our babies and keep them under our management. This year we're starting with about half our yearling crop that we're breaking ourselves."

Newton said that until the training center is completed, likely by 2006, the Vinery yearlings will be broken in Lexington and then sent to Palm Beach Downs.