07/27/2005 11:00PM

Filly extends family dynasty


With her place in the royal family of Massachusetts-breds secured, Stylish Sultana will look to add to her laurels when she goes for her second career stakes victory in Saturday's $40,000 Mystery Jet at Suffolk Downs.

When she won the African Prince against males last month, Stylish Sultana became the fourth straight runner out of the coupling of sire Sundance Ridge and dam Sultan's Light to win a statebred stakes. It has been an amazing strike rate for owner-breeder Manny Roos. The only year he has been without a runner from the family was 2000, when Sultan's Light failed to conceive.

But it was looking like the 3-year-old Stylish Sultana was going to be the rebellious member of the family, going nine races in maiden claiming company in Maryland over the winter before breaking through in her return to Suffolk in May. After checking in fourth against older foes in the Isadorable, she charged past 12 rivals in the African Prince.

With her legacy secured by joining sister Sunlit Ridge and brothers Stylish Sultan and Strongestsovereign as stakes winners, Stylish Sultana now appears ready to dominate on Saturday, much as her family members have done in other stakes races since they first hit the track in 2000.

Since returning to a sprint distance in February, Stylish Sultana has hit the board in every dirt start and has won twice. Among her opponents in the six-furlong Mystery Jet, only Branded in Gold has more than one win. Papa Dancer is 1 for 7, while the remaining five entrants are all maidens.

Branded in Gold won the Amelia Peabody for 2-year-old statebred fillies last November but has been badly beaten in her two starts this year, including a last-place finish in the African Prince. Trainer Suzanne Kelly will add blinkers on Branded in Gold for Saturday's race.

Jenni's Tourific will make her career debut for trainer Bobby Raymond. Like Stylish Sultana's, her breeding is regal by New England standards. Jenni's Tourific's sire, Tour d'Or, was third in the 1987 Massachusetts Handicap, while her dam, Lambana, won the Spicy Living Stakes at Rockingham and was New England horse of the year in 1999.

Francisco breaks hip

Jockey David Francisco broke his hip when he and Clifford Dooley fell from their mounts in a spill in Monday's fifth race.

Dooley was unseated when his mount, Causin' Trouble, clipped heels near the half-mile pole and fell. Francisco and his mount, Cassidy's Rumrunner, couldn't avoid them.

Francisco is out of action indefinitely. Dooley was banged up, but returned to win races Tuesday and Wednesday. The two horses each appeared to gallop away unhurt.

Loose horse gets close to railbirds

When last Saturday's sixth race was delayed because there was no ambulance on the grounds, the filly Its in the Name got loose behind the gate and managed to find her way along the grassy area adjacent to the clubhouse turn. She got all the way to the apron and scattered fans as she jogged into the public seating area.

No one was hurt, and Its in the Name was cornered and caught near the paddock fence. Track stewards ordered her scratched.