01/18/2002 1:00AM

Ransome Road looks to repeat

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PORTLAND - Ransome Road will attempt to build upon his impressive last-out victory in the OTBA Stallion Stakes when he takes on seven other 3-year-olds in Sunday's Beaver State Stakes at Portland Meadows.

The 5 1/2-furlong Beaver State is an open event, and therein lies the challenge for Ransome Road, an Oregon-bred son of Cisco Road who has been meeting restricted company since winning his debut here on Nov. 11.

Ransome Road, who races for trainer L.A. Williams and is owned by his four grandchildren, Kelsy and Dayton Skinner and Remington and Ashley Williams, scored a resounding five-length win in the Stallion Stakes on Jan. 5, going six furlongs in a rapid 1:12.88.

Ransome Road has held the early advantage in all four of his outings and is likely to employ his catch-me-if-you-can tactic again on Sunday. Shawna Barber will ride.

Ransome Road figures to be challenged early and late, as Roux Then Gumbo and Shoppers Shuttle, the lone filly in the field, have keen speed, while Fit to Bet and Brass Halo can close strongly.

Shoppers Shuttle will be meeting males for the first time, but she has been dominant in two starts against her own kind, defeating maiden special weight company by eight lengths in November and allowance types by five lengths

last month. She gets in under

113 pounds with her filly allowance on Sunday. Clark Jones rides.

Fit to Bet, who rallied from far back to win the mile Oregon Futurity by more than eight lengths, will benefit the most if the leaders tire. Felipe Valdez will ride the stretch-runner at 118 pounds.

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