07/02/2007 12:00AM

Senor St. Pat back off easy win

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Revenge was sweet for Senor St. Pat when he beat Disco Fox in his return to Suffolk Downs last month for the Rise Jim Stakes. But he will again have to face Disco Fox in the $45,000 African Prince Stakes for Massachusetts-breds on the Julyo4 holiday card.

The Rise Jim, with its smattering of older horses taking on the leading 3-year-olds, was a cakewalk for Senor St. Pat despite the presence of Disco Fox, who beat him in the Norman Hall Stakes last fall, and Disco Fox's entrymate Fifty Seven G, who finished third for trainer Karl Grusmark.

Senor St. Pat, accelerated away in the stretch of the six-furlong Rise Jim.

Leading trainer John Rigattieri will send out Senor St. Pat under jockey Dyn Panell, who is already looking for his third stakes win this meet.

The career track of Senor St. Pat is following a path similar to that of his full brother Senor Ladd, who was second in the 2003 Norman Hall, then went on to win three stakes in 2004, including the African Prince, en route to becoming the New England horse of the year.

Disco Fox has to prove in the African Prince that his two races this year were remnants of his long winter vacation.

Other challengers in the field of eight include Sir Billings, who will be making his first start of the year, and Kimridge, who is looking to build on a victory in his last start.

Like Senor St. Pat, Sir Billings is from an illustrious Mass.-bred family. By statebred star Second Episode out of the stakes producer Nu Wimborne, Sir Billings has three stakes-winning siblings and three other stakes-placed brothers and sisters. He hasn't raced since trailing Disco Fox in the Norman Hall last November.

Kimridge won his maiden when the track came up good in his last start, earning a Beyer Speed Figure of 67. If the natural progression of 3-year-olds at this time of year accounts for the improved figure, and not the track condition, the son of Sundance Ridge could move forward again.

o Suffolk will honor past and present members of the armed forces Wednesday with a special free buffet lunch for anyone with a military ID. All fans can also sign up to win a flat-screen HDTV.