Lancaster farming. (Lancaster, Pa., etc.) 1955-current, May 31, 2003, Image 19

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    Florida Horse Moves Into Spotlight,
Warms Annville Farmer’s Cold Winter
Peace Rules 9 Success Radiates Rays All The Way To Pa.
Lancaster Farming Staff
ANNVILLE (Lebanon Co.)
Blair Minnich’s words, “I just fell
into this,” may be the most suc
cinct way of describing his life for
the past several months.
Minnich, who has boarded
horses at his farm in Annville for
18 years, has watched a financial
ly-stressed winter warm into a
prosperous spring.
With the recent horseracing
success of Florida-bom Peace
Rules, owners and breeders in the
Thoroughbred world began
searching for the foal’s parents
and found the mare on Minnich’s
farm in Annville.
His mare. Hold To Fashion, a
horse that had previously been a
part of Minnich’s fiscal problems,
suddenly skyrocketed in worth.
Peace Rules
Peace Rules proved he could
run, said Minnich, by winning
stakes races in California, then
coming east to win the Louisiana
Derby (beating Derby and Preak
ness winner Funny Cide in the
process) and the Bluegrass
A horse qualifies to be in the
Kentucky Derby by the amount
of money winnings, “which is
why they (owners and trainers)
want to win the prep races,” he
said. Only the top 18 or so colts
or fillies run in the Derby.
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Three-year-old Peace Rules
and his stablemate. Empire
Maker, were the only two horses
that earned more than $1 million
this year and thus qualified the
colts for the Derby.
Peace Rules has been among
the top contenders in the first two
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of the triple crown races. He was
edged out to finish third in the
Kentucky Derby and nosed out
to finish fourth in the Preakness.
The colt checked in with victo
ries on both turf and track and
caught the attention of trainer
Bobby Frankel and Edmund and
Bernice Gann, who bought the
colt as a 2-year-old at a Saratoga
Peace Rules’ sire, “Jules,” died
of colic eight days before the
Preakness. The stallion was the
leading stud in Argentina at the
time, and with the dawning suc
cess of his son, his owners were
planning to bring him back to the
U.S., said Minnich.
Jules’ stud fee of $6,000 is
modest in comparison to the
$500,000 commanded by stallion
Storm Cat, for example.
Lifetime Farmer
Bom into a family that operat
ed an Ayrshire dairy in Lehigh
County, Minnich found his way
to the racetrack because his
brother was a trainer at Penn Na
tional Race Course.
Minnich has also retired from
Pennsylvania Power and Light,
but in addition to working for
PP&L, he operated his own crop
and horse farm in Lehigh Coun
Eighteen years ago he moved
to his Lebanon County farm,
where he boards horses and
keeps several Thoroughbreds to
race at Penn National, Philadel
phia, Delaware, and Maryland.
The operation includes 25
acres and approximately 16 of
Minnich’s own horses. He boards
15-20 horses at one time, however
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