09/02/2010 3:12PM

All fillies except for one colt in African Prince


The girls have taken over the playground as five Massachusetts-bred fillies gang up on one colt in the $50,000 African Prince Stakes at Suffolk Downs.

Leading the band of fillies is Out of Goodbyes. She turned an authoritative stretch run to win the Louise Kimball Stakes on Aug. 21 her first victory in four career starts.
Out of Goodbyes is a younger half-sister to No More Goodbyes, who flashed to a huge 10-length win in the Rise Jim Stakes last year and seemed poised to change the hierarchy among the Massachusetts-breds. Unfortunately, she was injured in her next start and has struggled to regain her form this year. Out of Goodbyes could fulfill that promise for owner-breeders Teresa Horky and Keith Shelansky.

The three fillies who followed Out of Goodbyes home in the Kimball – Never Know, Impatience, and Merrimack Lee – follow her again into Saturday’s six-furlong sprint. Never Know was a 3-5 favorite in the last go-round on the strength of her victory the Norman Hall Stakes last fall – another statebred contest open to males but dominated by fillies.

Never Know and Out of Goodbyes are the only two winners in the stakes for 3 year olds.

Impatience finished more than 11 lengths behind Out of Goodbyes in the Kimball, but she is coupled with the lone colt, Kismet’s Boy. He has lost in all but one of his nine starts by double-digits, but he did finish second in the Norman Hall last November.

Dreamin Dixie has been working bullets as she makes her first career start.