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Three Rules Boasts Pedigree for Improvement

Three Rules Boasts Pedigree for Improvement by Casey Laughter: If you want to see a horse win easily, look back to the replay of the Florida Sire In Reality Stakes. A colt named Three Rules looked like poetry in motion, winning the race by a stated 10 lengths. The colt has an undefeated record as a two-year-old, winning five races in a row, and will take the record to the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile to face other colts, one being the undefeated Gormley.

Three Rules Horse

Undefeated Three Rules exited his thoroughly dominating 10-length triumph in Saturday’s $500,000 In Reality at Gulfstream Park in good order, likely to parlay his sweep of the 2016 Florida Sire Stakes (FSS) series into a trip to Santa Anita for the $2 million Breeders’ Cup Juvenile (G1) Nov. 5.
Photo: Kenny Martin, Coglianese

Three Rules is one of the most raced colts that will head to the Breeders’ Cup, but shows no signs of slowing down. He is bred to improve as he matures. His sire, Gone Astray won a few graded stakes events later in his three-year-old year.

Gone Atray, a stallion by Dixie Union, stands in Florida for a fee of $4,500, which seems like a bargain when horses like Three Rules show up on the track. Gone Astray entered stud in 2012 and is shaking up the Florida tracks. His top earner is Three Rules, but also has winners all over. He even has a Grade/Group I winner in Venezuela, named Pregonera. From a pedigree standpoint, Gone Astray is top notch and could easily find his way to Kentucky if he continues to improve his mares. He is out of Illicit, a daughter of Mr. Prospector and Inside Information.

As a racehorse, Gone Astray won multiple graded stakes events, including the Grade Three Salvator Mile, and the Grade Two Pennsylvania and Ohio Derby. He won races from age two to four and from distances of 6-9 furlongs.

Three Rules is out of a one time winner named Joy Rules. Joy Rules may not have been much of a racehorse but she is proving her productivity in the breeding shed. She is a 100% producer, as all her foals to start have won at least one time. Three Rules is her only stakes winner.

Joy Rules is a daughter of Full Mandate, who was a minor stakes winner but was able to win at distances ranging from 7-9 furlongs. In 2013, Full Mandate was sold and now stands stud in Saudi Arabia. As a stallion, Full Mandate sired runners such as Ron the Greek, who won the Santa Anita Handicap, Stephen Foster, and the Sunshine Millions Classic.

Three Rules looks like a horse who will not only improve with age but also as he gets some added distances. He easily excelled at 8.5 furlongs and will be on track toward the Breeders’ Cup and possibly the Road to the Kentucky Derby. The question remains, how will he perform outside of Gulfstream Park? If he does go to the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile, the answer might be found sooner rather than later.