Westrock Stables' Den's Legacy sat chilly behind the leading trio for more than six furlongs, dove through a gap along the inside at the top of the stretch, and charged home a half-length winner of the Grade 3, $100,000 Generous at Hollywood Park on Saturday. The son of Medaglia d'Oro safely held off a late bid from Rising Legend and completed one mile on firm turf in 1:36 1/5.
"I knew this horse would go through wherever I pointed him. He's pretty handy that way," winning jockey Garrett Gomez said. "He was hitting the hole that wasn't there yet. When the hole opened up, I told him, 'Let's go.' I just didn't want to go from zero to 100 as fast as I could. I kind of pushed the gas pedal down and he kicked on. I didn't want to get into him any more than needed. I didn't think (Rising Legend) could get to me."
Bettors were on the money as Den's Legacy, the 6-5 favorite, returned $4.60, $3 and $2.40. The respective second and third choices, Rising Legend and Shining Copper, completed the top three while separated by 1 1/4 lengths at the wire. Rounding out the order of finish were One Firm Cat, Tree of Life, Under Review, Counting Days, Christopher Street, Dancin Upside Down and Ekahi.
Dancin Upside Down set the Generous fractions of :23 3/5, :47 4/5 and 1:12 2/5 before exiting contention at the top of the stretch.
Sixth and second in his first two starts, Den's Legacy finally broke his maiden by a neck at Del Mar on August 26 going six furlongs on Polytrack. A distant fifth to stablemate Power Broker in the Grade 1 FrontRunner next out, he was the runner-up in two grass stakes at Santa Anita -- the Zuma Beach and the Breeders' Cup Juvenile Turf Sprint Preview -- heading into the Generous. His record now stands at 7-2-3-0, $161,350.
Bred in Florida by Gaye Swartz, Den's Legacy is trained by Bob Baffert.
"I would guess Bob will keep him on grass," assistant trainer Mike Marlow said. "That's his best, I think. I think today was his most impressive race."
Den's Legacy was produced by the unraced War Chant mare Sunshine Song, a half-sister to Grade 1 queen C. S. Silk, Grade 3 winner Remember Sheikh and multiple stakes winner Memory Tap. All were produced by stakes vixen Remember the Day, who is also the second dam of Grade 3 winner Victorina.