10/05/2005 11:00PM

Kimball first of late-season stakes additions


EAST BOSTON, Mass. - The yearly tradition of scraping together cash from the Massachusetts breeders' fund has yielded four newly created stakes to fill out the schedule at Suffolk Downs, starting with the $40,000 Louise Kimball for 3-year-old fillies Saturday.

Annually, the statebred program budgets a certain amount of money to go to breeders and owners of Massachusetts-bred horses that win in open company. Often, there are funds left over, and the surplus is used to create new stakes for Massachusetts-breds late in the season.

This year, two of the newly created stakes are restricted to 3-year-olds, with the Kimball the filly version and the John Kirby Stakes on Oct. 22 for 3-year-olds at a mile. There is also a pair of stakes races for 2-year-olds. The Amelia Peabody showcases 2-year-old fillies at six furlongs Nov. 5, and the Norman Hall for 2-year-olds at six furlongs closes the season Nov. 19.

The Kimball brings together the winners of the last two stakes for 3-year-old statebred sprinters and tests them around two turns. Papa Dancer rolled to an eight-length win in the Mystery Jet Stakes on July 30 over favorite Stylish Sultana. When the two met in the African Prince Stakes on June 18, Stylish Sultana won and Papa Dancer faded to eighth after setting the pace in a contest open to males.

Stylish Sultana has the proper breeding to race around two turns. She is the latest stakes winner from the highly successful family of sire Sundance Ridge and the mare Sultan's Light. Stylish Sultana's older brother Sunlit Ridge and older sister Stylish Sultan both were accomplished routers. Stylish Sultana has raced around two turns twice in her career, finishing sixth in a maiden claimer at Laurel this winter and fifth on the turf July 2. Owned by Manny Roos and trained by John Rigattieri, she has been on the sidelines for 10 weeks.

Papa Dancer will have more recent form on her side, although her last effort, which came on the turf in an open allowance race, was a forgettable effort. She finished 10th and last, losing by nearly 30 lengths. Before that, she finished in the money in three straight statebred stakes races behind the reigning queen of the Massachusetts-breds, Ask Queenie. Papa Dancer was third in her only two-turn dirt race, the First Episode on Aug. 6. She is trained by George Saccardo and owned by John Yee.

Clifford Dooley, who returned to the saddle last month after missing time with an injury suffered in a mid-summer spill, takes over the mount on Papa Dancer.

Branded in Gold has a chance to upset Stylish Sultana and Papa Dancer, especially with her speed and the inside post. She went wire to wire in a $12,500 claiming race sprint last time out under Tammi Piermarini, who has a return call.

Branded in Gold was third in the Mystery Jet and ran poorly in the African Prince, but she did top several of these fillies as a 2-year-old in last year's Amelia Peabody.

Filling out the field are Dale's Desire, Overtime Xena, Sundance Shamrock, Stacey's First, and Caller Karla.