Edmund A. Gann's Peace Rules, with Victor Espinoza aboard, scored an easy front-running victory in Hollywood Park's Generous Stakes (gr. IIIT) for 2-year-olds at a mile on the turf Saturday.
Trained by Bobby Frankel, who added $120,000 to his 2002 purse earnings total, the son of Jules, turned the tables on 2-1 favorite Man Among Men. The latter caught Peace Rules from behind by a head in Oct. 24 Pinjara Stakes at Santa Anita, but tired in the stretch Saturday and finished fourth.
The final time on a firm turf dulled by overnight rain was 1:35.49. It was the third stakes win of the weekend for Frankel and his nation-leading 57th of the year. Frankel, pursuing D. Wayne Lukas' 1988 earnings record of $17,842,358, moved to within $601,130 of the mark Saturday.
Peace Rules wrestled the lead from Imitation after an opening quarter mile of :23.69, and maintained a clear advantage through a :46.86 half. Peace Rules opened up when the field hit the stretch and repelled the wide stretch runs of Man Among Men, Lismore Knight and Outta Here to win by 1 1/4 length.
"This is a very, very strong horse," Espinoza said. "Bobby called me before the race and told me to just let him do whatever he wanted to do. 'Don't bother him,' Bobby said. 'If he's going to the lead, don't worry about it. He's fit. Don't be afraid to let him run.' That's exactly what I did. That other horse (Imitation) kind of put some pressure on him for the first half-mile. But when I turned for home, my horse really kicked on. He finished very strong."
Man Among Men moved into contention on the turn for home, but faded.
"He never really felt comfortable," jockey Alex Solis said. "Around the three-sixteenth, I had some horse, but not like last time. I cut him loose at the eighth pole, but he really didn't give me anything. He just quit."
Bred in Florida by Newchance Farm, Peace Rules was a $35,000 Ocala Breeders' Sale March purchase. He won for the second time in five career starts. She is two-for-three since switching to the turf and breaking her maiden on the grass at Belmont Sept. 25. He was previously trained by Gary Contessa and was making his second start for Frankel. His career earnings now stand at $164,180.
Frankel, who was in New York, has a big opportunity to gain on Lukas' record Sunday at Hollywood. He returns to saddle Banks Hill and Tates Creek in The Matriarch (gr. IT) and Royal Gem and Inesperado in the Hollywood Derby (gr. IT) as the 12th annual Turf Festival concludes with the two $500,000 races.
The 5-2 second choice in the field of eight, Peace Rules paid $7.20, $3.80 and $3. Lismore Knight won the photo for place and returned $4.80 and $3.40. Outta Here paid $6.60.