01/29/2008 12:00AM

Peace Rules looks like hot young sire


LAS VEGAS - If you're looking for young stallions that should have an immediate impact with 2-year-olds, there are many in this group, beginning with Peace Rules and Read the Footnotes.

Peace Rules was a stakes winner on dirt and turf at 2, 3 and 4, winning the Haskell Invitational, Suburban and Oaklawn handicaps, Blue Grass Stakes, and Louisiana Derby. He showed true grit running third behind Funny Cide and Empire Maker in the Kentucky Derby, and second to Ten Most Wanted in the Travers Stakes, and it's his speed that should make him a good sire of juveniles.

Read the Footnotes was a late-blooming 2-year-old whose victories in the Remsen and Nashua stakes made him among the early favorites for the Kentucky Derby. When he gutted out a narrow victory over a stubborn Second of June in one of the most exhilarating Fountain of Youth Stakes in many years, many expected him to go on to even greater glory. Physical ailments prevented Read the Footnotes from further glory, but it's likely that as a son of champion sprinter Smoke Glacken, he would have been severely tested at 1 1/4 miles. Still, his juveniles should win early and often.

Ocean Terrace (Saint Ballado-Crystal River, by Black Tie Affair). He won just one stakes, the El Camino Real Derby, defeating Ministers Wild Cat and Ten Most Wanted. Ocean Terrace is based in Oklahoma, where the speed of his sire line should help his babies perform well at 2.

Olmodavor (A.P. Indy-Corrazona, by El Gran Senor). A typical slow-maturing A.P. Indy who got better with age, he won the Native Diver and Whirlaway handicaps, and was second in the Strub Stakes, Hollywood Gold Cup, and Washington Park Handicap - all at age 4 and 5. His dam is a half-sister to Wood Memorial winner Thirty Six Red, and his classy Elmendorf female family produced classic runners such as Big Spruce, Selari, and Manta. His juveniles could develop later in the year going distances over one mile, but will be more effective at 3 and older.

Omega Code (Elusive Quality-Tin Oaks, by Deputy Minister). From the first crop of speed influence Elusive Quality, Omega Code was a stakes winner at 2 and won the six-furlong San Miguel Stakes at 3. This is exactly the type of sire that should get win-early 2-year-olds, and, like Peace Rules, he should be vying for honors as Florida's leading freshman sire.

Peace Rules (Jules-Hold to Fashion, by Hold Your Peace). He was among the best of his generation at 3 and 4, and his babies will be characterized by their speed. His sire, Jules, who descended from Northern Dancer's female family, was among the best bred of all Forty Niner's sons, and damsire Hold Your Peace is a certified speed influence. Expect Peace Rules's runners to have speed on all surfaces.

Perfect Soul (Sadler's Wells-Ball Chairman, by Secretariat). Northern Dancer's legacy as a sire of sires is well documented, but of all his great sons (which include Danzig, Nureyev, Nijinsky and Lyphard), Sadler's Wells was his most prolific turf sire - and Perfect Soul was a brilliant miler on grass. Sadler's Wells's sons have been successful as freshman sires in Europe (Montjeu, Galileo), but aside from El Prado, whose offspring have been winning on dirt as well as grass, they are at a disadvantage running on dirt. Perfect Soul's runners may benefit, however, by the proliferation of synthetic surfaces.

Pleasantly Perfect (Pleasant Colony-Regal State, by Affirmed). Winner of the Breeders' Cup Classic and Dubai World Cup as an older runner, Pleasantly Perfect's offspring will be slow to mature, and while bred for the classics, should be given an opportunity to develop into quality older runners. With Pleasant Colony on top and Affirmed on the bottom, they should also be value plays on turf.

Rainmaker (Storm Cat-Antespend, by Spend a Buck). An unnraced half-brother to Florida Derby winner Friends Lake, Rainmaker inherits speed from both sides of his pedigree, and his babies should have speed.

Read the Footnotes (Smoke Glacken-Baydon Belle, by Al Nasr). He never fulfilled all the promise he showed early in his career, but I expect his offspring will be top-class sprinter-milers on all surfaces and make excellent juveniles. A descendant of the stakes winner and top broodmare Native Street, Read the Footnotes has relatives that include Stravinsky (a champion in England and Ireland), Fire the Groom, Moscow Ballet, and Royal and Regal.

Roaring Fever (Storm Cat-Pennant Fever, by Seattle Slew). A full brother to stakes winners Stormin Fever and Raging Fever, he didn't win a stakes until age 4 (Alysheba Stakes), but was second in the Cowdin Stakes at 2. His babies should have lots of speed on dirt and turf.

Roar of the Tiger (Storm Cat-Mariah's Storm, by Rahy). A full brother to Giant's Causeway, Freud and, You'resothrilling, one of Europe's best 2-year-old last year, Roar of the Tiger won 4 of 11 starts and was staked-placed once at age 5. His babies should have speed on all surfaces, but be best on grass.

Rocking Trick (Phone Trick-Razzi Cat, by Storm Cat). Like most of Phone Trick's offspring, Rocking Trick was a sprinter-miler. He won two Group 1 stakes in Argentina. His dam, from Storm Cat's second foal crop, is a full sister to Randy Cat, a

2-year-old champion filly in Argentina. Rocking Trick's second dam is a half-sister to Vitiges, a champion 3-year-old and miler in England.