08/05/2009 11:00PM

Ask Queenie returns to the throne


Just when it looked like her long reign as top Massachusetts-bred was ending, Ask Queenie finds herself back atop the local heap and should stay there after Saturday's $50,000 First Episode Stakes at Suffolk Downs.

The 8-year-old mare proves the Woody Allen adage that 80 percent of success is just showing up. She's the all-time leading statebred in Massachusetts and bounced back from her worst performance when 10th in the Rise Jim Stakes in June to win her last two stakes.

The Rise Jim winner, No More Goodbuys, appeared ready to shove the mare off the stage, but after No More Goodbuys jogged home last in the Last Dance Stakes on July 18, Ask Queenie is again all alone in the division.

This will be her fifth appearance in this mile and 70-yard race for fillies and mares. She won in 2005 and 2007, finished second in 2006, and was third last year.

The only possible competitor in the six-horse field would be Southoftheborder. It will be that mare's 11th race against Ask Queenie, and she has finished in front of her twice, both times in stakes losses to the retired Flirt for Fame. Southoftheborder finished second in the Last Dance last time out in her first start of the year.

Southoftheborder will be coupled with 12-time maiden Innocent Kip.

Lily's Goldmine, who was third behind Ask Queenie and Southoftheborder in the Isadorable Stakes on July 4, makes her first start since being claimed for $4,000 by owner/trainer Kevin Clark.