05/31/2006 11:00PM

Paxton Ridge set to win first stakes

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WINNIPEG, Manitoba - One of the eight 3-year-olds in the field will become a stakes winner Saturday in the $40,000 Golden Boy at six furlongs here at Assiniboia Downs.

Paxton Ridge was claimed from his debut victory last May for $35,000 by trainer Sid Martin for owners Whieldon Thoroughbreds. Paxton Ridge finished fourth in the Ladnesian Stakes, also at Hastings, in his only other start at 2.

In his only start this season, Paxton Ridge defeated first-level allowance company here May 12, earning a respectable Beyer Speed Figure of 69.

Thunderacchi, Pass the Bar, and Flying Nine Oh finished behind Paxton Ridge May 12. It was the first start of the year for each.

Thunderacchi fared the best of the three, finishing second, four lengths back of Paxton Ridge. Trained by Emile Corbel, Thunderacchi won his second start as 2-year-old and then finished second in the Winnipeg Futurity before ending his juvenile year with a pair of fifth-place finishes on turf at Canterbury Park.

Pass the Bar finished third, 6 1/4 lengths behind Paxton Ridge. His lone win came in his third and final start as a 2-year-old.

Flying Nine Oh finished fifth, 6 3/4 lengths from the winner. Trained by Ardell Sayler, Flying Nine Oh scored his lone win in his second start last season and will run on Lasix for the first time in the Golden Boy.

Quick Witted was an impressive winner over maiden special weight company in his local debut here May 7.

Dakota Long Legs finished second behind Quick Witted on May 7, then returned to beat maiden special weight company in his next start on May 22.

Only Royal won his debut on May 13, but earned a moderate Beyer Speed Figure of 49.

The field rounds out with I Am That Is, a well-bred son of King of Kings who finished last of seven in the race won by Quick Witted. Trained by Don Senebald, I Am That Is will wear blinkers for the first time in the Golden Boy.