PEACE AND JUSTICE (c, 4, War Front--Strike the Sky, by Smart Strike)
won like a good thing when justifying 3-1 favoritism first up over yielding Belmont sod in June, but disappointed in his next two allowance tries, finishing eighth both at the Spa Aug. 10 and back in Elmont Oct. 2 while displaying some signs of mental immaturity. He had turned in a series of sharp five-furlong breezes over the Hollywood all-weather in the interim, and put it all back together here. Emerging with the lead as expected heading into the first turn, the 9-1 shot threw down the gauntlet through swift opening splits of :22.77 and :45.62 and started to get away a bit. He was still doing well when he hit the head of the lane, and though he made some erratic moves in the stretch, the dark bay had already given himself room to spare and cruised under the wire 6 1/4 lengths clear in 1:33.27. Favorite Brother Pete (Broken Vow) completed the exacta. The winner, a $425,000 KEESEP yearling, is a half to Hudson Steele (Johannesburg), MSW & MGSP, $513,824. Lifetime Record: 4-2-0-0. Click for the brisnet.com chart, VIDEO or the free brisnet.com catalogue-style pedigree.
O-Justice Family Racing LLC. B-Jay W Bligh (Ky). T-John Shirreffs.
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