08/07/2009 11:00PM

Bridge-jumpers fall in First Episode


A huge wager in the place pool on Saturday's First Episode Stakes at Suffolk Downs made for eye-popping returns when 2-5 favorite Ask Queenie finished third, six lengths behind winner Southoftheborder.

Ask Queenie was going for her 19th career victory in a Massachusetts-bred stakes but could not sustain her rally in the mile and 70-yard race. She then lost the photo finish for second by a head to pacesetting Lily's Goldmine.

There was $101,883 in the place pool of the race - $100,000 of which was bet on Ask Queenie. Southoftheborder returned $7.60 to win and $26 to place. Lily's Goldmine returned $52 to place.

Suffolk often suspends show wagering on statebred races because of the history of the program producing dominant horses with very little competition. Massachusetts also breaks to the dime, offering larger dividends compared to other racing states.