12/26/2002 12:00AM

Give Peace Rules top billing


ARCADIA, Calif. - Peace Rules is certain to be favored when he tries for his second consecutive stakes win in Saturday's $75,000 Hill Rise Stakes on turf at Santa Anita.

Coming off a front-running win in the $200,000 Generous Stakes at Hollywood Park on Nov. 30, Peace Rules is a standout in the one-mile Hill Rise, in which he faces six rivals.

Trained by Bobby Frankel, Peace Rules has been outstanding since arriving in Southern California in early fall. In his local debut on Oct. 24, he finished second to Man Among Men in the restricted Pinjara Stakes over a mile on turf at Santa Anita. When he returned in the Generous Stakes, Peace Rules was left alone on the front and beat Lismore Knight by 1 1/4 lengths. Third-place finisher Outta Here returned to win the $500,000 Delta Jackpot at Delta Downs on Dec. 21.

In the Hill Rise Stakes, Peace Rules will be coupled with Bis Repetitas, who, since arriving from France earlier this year, has been unplaced in the Pinjara and Generous Stakes. If he were not coupled with Peace Rules, Bis Repetitas would be a longshot against rivals Man Among Men; Provincetown, a New York invader; Taliano, a restricted stakes winner; and recent maiden winners Puget Sound and Singletary.

Man Among Men is seeking to restore his reputation following a fourth in the Generous Stakes. Well placed at the top of the stretch in the one-mile Generous on the turf, Man Among Men was within striking range of Peace Rules in early stretch, but couldn't make up any ground.

The pace scenario of the Hill Rise Stakes could work to the advantage of Man Among Men. Peace Rules, who seems best up front early, could face early pressure from Puget Sound, a maiden winner on turf for trainer D. Wayne Lukas on Dec. 13, and Singletary, who won a maiden race on the hillside turf course at Santa Anita on Oct. 20.

Taliano is more difficult to assess. He won the Barretts Juvenile Stakes at Fairplex Park in September, but is winless in his last three starts.

Provincetown has stakes experience. He won his maiden in a one-mile turf race at Belmont Park on Oct. 5, and returned to finish fifth in the Pilgrim Stakes at Aqueduct on Oct. 27. That race was scheduled for turf but transferred to the main track because of wet weather.

The Hill Rise Stakes on turf is a better fit for Provincetown.