09/12/2008 12:00AM

Assiniboia: One on One lone winner among nine


One on One headlines a field of nine in the $50,000 Buffalo Stakes as Manitoba-bred 2-year-olds take center stage at Assiniboia Downs on Sunday.

One on One is the only winner in the race, having won the $40,000 CTHS Sales Stakes two weeks ago. The Sales was run over six furlongs and on a sloppy track, while the Buffalo is at a mile.

A son of Prized, One on One broke a little slowly in the Sales Stakes but forced the issue early and assumed command by the quarter pole, drawing clear for a three-length victory under Tim Gardiner.

One on One, who was a distant fifth versus maidens in his only other start, will face the second- and third-place finishers from the Sales and a couple of fillies who are making their second start.

Bound to Thrill was the odds-on favorite in the Sales Stakes based on a solid second-place finish in his debut over 5 1/2 furlongs when he closed well to lose by only three-quarters of a length. Bound to Thrill broke last in the Sales but managed to close to within two lengths at the top of the lane and finished second.

A better break and the added yardage might make Bound to Thrill a major player in the Buffalo.

Maub ran evenly throughout the Sales and finished a distant third. She had been third or fourth in her three previous starts.

Glory Command ran well in her only start, losing by a neck against maiden special weight foes going five furlongs. Glory Command tracked the leader throughout. She finished 5 1/2 lengths in front of Maub, and posted a 35 Beyer Speed Figure, the highest Beyer of any horse in Sunday's race.

Adventcia also finished second in her career debut over five furlongs.

A daughter of Petionville, Adventcia was in contention early but dropped back to fourth, 7 1/2 lengths off the lead, around the turn before finishing well to trail by only 3 1/2 lengths at the wire.