10/21/2004 12:00AM

Four more statebred stakes


EAST BOSTON, Mass. - The Massachusetts state breeding program has scratched together $120,000 for four statebred races to help make the Saturdays in November at Suffolk Downs a little more interesting.

Starting Nov. 6, there will be a $40,000 stakes race added to each Saturday card over the final four weeks of the 2004 season, which ends Nov. 27. Two will be for 3-year-olds and the other two will be for 2-year-olds, with both age groups getting a race just for fillies and another open to colts, geldings, and fillies.

First up is the return of the Louise Kimball Stakes for 3-year-old fillies at a mile and 70 yards. Two-year-old fillies get their chance in the Amelia Peabody Stakes a week later at six furlongs. Three-year-old colts follow on Nov. 20 in the John Kirby Stakes, which like the filly race is a mile and 70 yards. The Mass.-bred juvenile championship could be on the line on Nov. 27 in the Norman Hall Stakes at six furlongs.

The track's stakes program ran out last month in a move that kept several important events, such as the Massachusetts Handicap, on the calendar earlier in the season. Suffolk has been feeling the financial pinch of being the lone remaining Thoroughbred track on the New England circuit and didn't have enough to fund guaranteed stakes through the fall.

While there haven't been many 2-year-old races run this year, there figures to be enough babies bred in Massachusetts whose owners are willing to take a shot at the two lucrative races added to the schedule.

Lozano gets 10 days

The Suffolk stewards handed jockey Jose Lozano the harshest suspension of the season - a 10-day ban for his actions aboard Luvwillkeepusalive that resulted in the spill of jockey Willie Belmonte off Violets for You on Oct. 9.

Both jockeys and their mounts escaped serious injury and Belmonte found enough strength to get into a scuffle with Lozano back in the jockeys' room. According to witnesses, Belmonte landed a punch, and that cost him a $250 fine from the stewards.

* Jockey Vernon Bush, who won four races last Saturday, is moving to Charles Town in West Virginia to ride first-call for former New England trainer Kevin Joy. Bush won five riding titles at Suffolk in the 1980's. Joy won the training title in 1998 and 2003.