Progeny of versatile, precocious sire * The Racing Biz
To paraphrase the old ad, Steve Young isn’t just the owner of Peace and Justice. He is also the stallion’s best client.
Young owns 20 mares. He sends 18 to the son of War Front, which represents $3,500 and nurses at Blackstone Farm in Pennsylvania.
“They run like two-year-olds. They clean reach. They can run on any surface,” Young said of the Peace and Justice offspring. “I think he’s a very solid horse. We are very proud of what happened. »
While the stallion trade is most often about the new and the present, Peace and Justice has the allure of a horse gaining momentum. This year will mark his third race-age crop, and in 2021 he led all Pennsylvania bulls with 10 two-year-old winners.
Young also has high expectations for Peace and Justice’s two-year anniversary this year.
“I think this year’s two-year-old crop is the best he’s had,” Young said. “He had the most two-year-old horses of any horse in the PA last year, and I think there’s a good chance that will happen again this year. If her two-year-olds stay healthy, they’ll hit hard enough.
Like a Saltshaker, from the first generation of Peace and Justice, is the standard bearer for the stallion to this day. As a juvenile, he won the Fitz Dixon, Jr. Memorial Juvenile Stakes on the synthetic at Près Isle, then ran second at the Awad on the turf at Belmont Park. Last year he raced second in the Crowd Pleaser for PA-breds at the main Parx Racing track, then led the grassy freshman Bruce D. Stakes at Arlington Park for six furlongs before tiring in fifth.
He now has another Stakes horse in Cuneo, who finished second in the Rittenhouse Square Stakes for sophomores in March at Parx. Cuneo followed that up with a win in the Optional Claim Company.
Peace and Justice put a horse in the ring this year, and this one, a Pennsylvania bred out of an Arch mare, won West Point Thoroughbreds top bid of $150,000.
The filly, now named Dontlookbackatall, is a half-sister to Grade 2 ranked En Wye Cee. She covered a quarter mile in 20 ⅗ seconds before passing through the sales ring. Only one horse ran the distance faster.
Like a Saltshaker’s career highlights one element of Peace and Justice’s appeal: its versatility. Like a Saltshaker won or placed in stakes on all three running surfaces: synthetic, grass and dirt. Most of the Peace and Justice descendants did their best on the main track.
Peace and Justice only raced on turf, winning three of eight starts with multiple Beyer speed figures in the mid-90s. But Young said he was still confident the horse would thrive on dirt.
“He’s a horse that’s had 15 or 18 black letter jobs on the dirt, but he’s never raced [a race] on earth,” Young pointed out.
Then there is his conformation and his ability to cast the right foals.
“He is like a lot of good warfronts in that he has more legs under him than a lot of Northern Dancer bloodline bulls. That’s one of the reasons we went this route,” Young said. “He seems to correct some mares that maybe aren’t as correct as you would like. He can take mares with bad conformation, and you get a baby that’s pretty close to what you want.
Pennsylvania’s generous breeding program adds to the appeal, and that program is about to get more attractive.
This year, for the first time, several races reserved for horses bred in Pennsylvania and sired by Pennsylvania stallions are offered. On August 22, Parx Racing will hold two such races, a pair of $100,000 bets for juveniles, one for fillies and one open. A month later, on September 24, the same track will host two more, both $200,000 stakes for juveniles, once again one for fillies and one open.
“It’s a situation where it’s going to make those horses worth more money, and they’re going to have a chance to race. [for big purses]”, Young said. “Next year, I think it might be even bigger. It’s a hit in the arm for the region, and it’s definitely a hit in the arm if you have a horse by a PA stallion.
Overall, Young is confident he offers an attractive package and is excited about what the future holds for Peace and Justice.
“I think he can be a good match for a lot of mares,” the stallion owner said. “There are already a bunch of beautiful horses there, and more are on the way.”