11/22/2001 1:00AM

Unbeaten Paxtecum faces biggest test in Generous


INGLEWOOD, Calif. - Paxtecum is the only runner in the $200,000 Generous Stakes for 2-year-olds at Hollywood Park Saturday with an unbeaten record.

Following impressive wins by Paxtecum in a maiden race and an allowance race on turf at Santa Anita in October and November, his owner John Waken and trainer Mike Machowsky saw reason to supplement him to the one-mile turf stakes at a cost of $10,000.

"It's all kind of worked out," Machowsky said.

While there is no doubting Paxtecum's ability on turf, he faces a stern test against eight others in the Grade 3 Generous. Five of his foes are shippers.

Hot Trotter, Red Briar, and National Park last raced in Europe, while Miesque's Approval and Stage Call arrive from New York and Kentucky, respectively.

Stage Call may be favored. Trained by Elliott Walden, Stage Call was group stakes-placed in Ireland before winning the Hopemont Stakes by 11 1/4 lengths in his U.S. debut at Keeneland on Oct. 26. He breaks from the rail and will be ridden by Mark Guidry.

Miesque's Approval won the Pilgrim Stakes at Aqueduct on Nov. 6. Trained by Bill Mott, Miesque's Approval has already won three races on turf.

Of the Europeans, Red Briar has the best form, having won three consecutive starts. Now trained by Jenine Sahadi, Red Briar has not started since winning a minor stakes at Deauville, France at a straightaway seven furlongs on Aug. 19.

Paxtecum, with Jose Valdivia Jr. up, remains the most likely winner among the the locals, a group that includes Mountain Rage, who was second in the minor Pinjara Stakes at Santa Anita on Oct. 12.

Paxtecum wasn't in that race. He won a maiden race at a mile on turf in his debut on Oct. 3, closing from fifth to pull away by 3 1/2 lengths.

"I was a little surprised with his first start," Machowsky said. "I wanted to start him in a route. I was afraid he'd get too keyed up."

In his return, on the hillside turf course on Nov. 2, Paxtecum was the favorite. After being squeezed at the start, he was last of seven early, but closed on the outside to win by 2 1/2 lengths.

Machowsky said that the poor start might have taught the colt to rate in the middle of a field.

"He'll be more settled on Saturday," Machowsky said. "I think he'll be mid-pack. He can be inside or outside. It doesn't matter. Whatever Jose needs to do, he can do."