10/15/2003 11:00PM

Pedigree can be difference Hall Stakes


East Boston, Mass. - Strongestsovereign appears ready to live up to his breeding in Saturday's $35,000 Norman Hall Stakes for 2-year-old Massachusetts-breds.

Strongestsovereign is a son of Sundance Ridge and the dam Sultan's Light. Owner Manny Roos has already seen Strongestsovereign's brother Stylish Sultan and sister Sunlit Ridge rack up multiple championships and numerous stakes races.

Strongestsovereign debuted Sept. 16 with a wire-to-wire victory on a sloppy track in a field of 12. He was flattered this week when runner-up Convertible Bond came back to dominate a similar maiden field. trained by Arthur Duffy Jr., Strongestsovereign followed up the victory with three strong workouts, including a bullet move Sept. 27.

Lori Lockhart will saddle the filly Ask Queenie, searching for her third straight win in Saturday's six-furlong race. She won the Amelia Peabody Stakes for juvenile fillies Oct. 4. Lockhart won this race last year with Mr. Meso.

Lockhart will also send out maidens Senor Gator and Bertie's Dream. Each has had four starts, and neither has finished within 15 lengths of a winner.

Senor Ladd used speed to win his debut. He earned a strong final time and has since been flattered by a subsequent victory by his runner-up. Senor Ladd won on Aug. 6 and hasn't raced since. He is trained by John Rigattieri.

First-time starter Kid Cum Laude is the first starter for trainer Diane Manocchia, who also co-owns and bred him. Kid Cum Laude is a son of 1995 Norman Hall winner, Choper.

Tap into Fame ran third behind Ask Queenie in the Peabody. That race was Tap Into Fame's debut.

Petesamassbred, Otter, and Sergeant Lefty complete the field.

Show contest on Breeders' Cup

Suffolk will offer a show pick eight contest next Saturday. The $20 contest asks fans to pick a horse to finish in the top three in each of the World Thoroughbred Championship Breeders' Cup races from Santa Anita.

The contest takes place in the Topside Room and includes lunch and a free Daily Racing Form. The winner will have the most first-, second-, or third-place finishes, with tiebreakers based on pari-mutuel returns. Players are allowed up to five entries and must submit all picks before the start of the first Breeders' Cup race.

There will be seven live races on Cup Day starting at 11 am. Advance wagering into the national pools begins Friday.

Two make up entire Cup contingent

Evening Attire and his owners, Joseph and Mary Grant and Forest Music, and owner Michael Gill will be the only New England representatives in the Breeders' Cup this year.

Evening Attire and Sprint hopeful Shake You Down are the only Breeders' Cup pre-entrants to have traveled through the region with Evening Attire having finished second in the 2002 Massachusetts Handicap and Shake You Down breaking his maiden at Suffolk in January 2001.

The Grants live in Quincy, Mass., and race primarily in New York while Gill resides in Salem, N.H., while racing mostly in the mid-Atlantic.