Three Rules has been beating up on his fellow Florida-sired brethren, and others, since he first set foot on the racetrack. The freshman son of Gone Astray sports a perfect five-for-five record and has won those five races by a combined 31 lengths.
The Grade 1 Breeders’ Cup Juvenile will be his first start anywhere other than Gulfstream, and his first attempt in graded company.
He broke his maiden at first asking June 10 going five furlongs, then annexed the Birdonthewire Stakes July 2, notching a five-length score at five and a half furlongs on the Summit of Speed card at Gulfstream.
He then swept the Florida Sire Stakes Series — first the Dr. Fager, then the Affirmed going seven furlongs, and lastly, the $500,000 In Reality, with a flourish, romping by 10 lengths at his first attempt around two turns. The Dr. Fager was run at a mile and a sixteenth.
Three Rules will be looking to emulate Awesome Feather, who swept the Florida stallion series in 2010 before winning the Grade 1 Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies.
“It looks like he did it pretty easy, He truly deserves a shot,” said owner Bert Pilcher of Shade Tree Thoroughbreds following his undefeated colt’s romp in the In Reality. “He runs well — always has. It’s always been the goal if he runs the way he ran here today that we’d give it a shot. I’d like a Florida-bred to win the Breeders’ Cup [Juvenile].”