08/17/2003 11:00PM

Ellis: Cactus Ridge triples up in Juvenile

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Cactus Ridge validated his two victories against lesser company, drawing off to a 6 1/2-length victory under Eddie Martin Jr. in the $98,750 Ellis Park Juvenile in Henderson, Ky.

Cactus Ridge sped straight to the lead and never looked back. He remains unbeaten in three starts. He paid $5.40 as favorite in a field of nine 2-year-olds.

Proper Prado, a 25-1 shot, rallied for second, while Lightnin N Thunder was another 4 1/4 lengths back in third.