11/30/2002 1:00AM

Peace Rules in Generous


INGLEWOOD, Calif. - Peace Rules on Saturday gave trainer Bobby Frankel his first win in the $200,000 Generous Stakes at Hollywood Park, one of the few Southern California turf stakes the Hall of Fame trainer had yet to conquer.

Racing on the lead throughout under jockey Victor Espinoza, Peace Rules ($7.20) won by 1 1/4 lengths over Lismore Knight, finishing the mile on turf in 1:35.49.

The course was rated firm despite some overnight rain.

Outta Here, a 28-1 longshot, finished third, followed by Man Among Men (the 2-1 favorite), Imitation, Apalachian Thunder, Bis Repetitas, Victory Song, and Manhattan Express.

Peace Rules dueled with Imitation for the lead until the field reached the backstretch and then took over through a half-mile in 46.86 seconds. He was closely followed by Imitation and Apalachian Thunder on the backstretch but was not threatened.

Turning for home after six furlongs in 1:10.94, Peace Rules was challenged by Man Among Men, but quickly pulled clear in deep stretch.

Lismore Knight raced along the rail on the backstretch, and made up some ground in the final furlong to run second. Trained by Todd Pletcher, Lismore Knight had won the Grade 2 Summer Stakes at Woodbine in September.

Man Among Men was a disappointment. He appeared to be well-positioned on the final turn but could not make up any ground in the final furlong.

The Grade 3 Generous Stakes was the first stakes win for Peace Rules, who races for owner Edmund Gann. After winning a maiden race at Belmont Park on Sept. 25 in his third start, Peace Rules ran a game second in the restricted Pinjara Stakes.

By Jules, Peace Rules was purchased for $35,000 at a 2-year-olds in training sale last March. He has won two of five starts and $164,180.