06/26/2006 11:00PM

Peaceful Love getting back to form


INGLEWOOD, Calif. - In the past year, Peaceful Love has undergone surgery to have bone chips removed from a knee, survived a bout of colic, and survived a battle with pneumonia.

To the delight of trainer Jeff Mullins and owner Michael House, Peaceful Love is back to being a racehorse this summer. Thursday at Hollywood Park, she makes her second start of 2006 in a $55,000 allowance race at a mile on turf. If she runs well Thursday, she could end up in stakes later this summer.

"We didn't expect her to be back," said Mullins. "She hasn't had a problem since she's come back."

A 4-year-old filly, finished ninth in her 2006 debut, the Grade 3 WinStar Distaff Handicap at Lone Star Park on May 29. The race was run on a yielding course and did not suit Peaceful Love. She broke well, was wide throughout, and faded in the final quarter-mile.

"We probably didn't have her tight enough," Mullins said. "When she broke like she did, I knew we were in trouble. She broke really good. Running on a yielding track in your first race back isn't the best thing."

A German-bred, Peaceful Love was a Group 3 stakes winner in Germany last year. She has made only two starts in the United States, finishing seventh in the Grade 1 Del Mar Oaks in her first start in the U.S. She underwent surgery following that race.

Peaceful Love starts from post 2 in Thursday's seventh race, which has drawn 10 fillies and mares. She faces a strong group in the allowance race, although not many of the fillies have stakes experience.

Private Banking placed in two stakes last year, but has not been effective in three starts this season.

, who was third in the E.B. Johnston Stakes at Fairplex Park last summer, is coming off an upset win in an allowance race at a mile on turf here May 20. Bend is a closer who should have ample speed to follow.

, trained by A.C. Avila, and Sunny Disposition, trained by John Glenney, are likely to dispute the pace.

River Savage was stakes-placed in Brazil last year. She has not started since finishing third in an allowance race on dirt at Santa Anita in March.

Sunny Disposition, who was unplaced in the Valley View and Pucker Up stakes last fall, has had one start this year, finishing 10th in an allowance race at Keeneland. She won twice on turf at Del Mar last summer.