07/01/2010 12:00AM

Winners return in Rise Jim


Like sequels to successful summer movie franchises, the familiar faces of the Massachusetts-bred racing program are back at Suffolk Downs Saturday for the $50,000 Rise Jim Stakes.

With the winners of the last two editions back for another season, you could call this Rise Jim III. No More Goodbyes, the 2009 winner, and Petesamassbred, the 2008 winner, face Ask Queenie, who has been a dominant force for years.

No More Goodbyes signaled he might become a star among the statebreds with his

7 1/4-length victory last year over several horses who return for Saturday's renewal. He suffered an injury in his next start and went on the shelf until this spring. He has finished last in two starts this year, both against open competition, a far cry from the two-race winning streak he carried to this spot last summer.

Petesamassbred has lost 16 straight on dirt and turf since upsetting Ask Queenie in 2008. This year's Rise Jim will be his 79th career start. A 9-year-old, he was also second in the 2007 Rise Jim.

Ask Queenie just keeps chugging along. Now 9, she bounced back from a career-worst performance in this race last year to win two more statebred stakes, pushing her career victory total to 25. This is her first start of 2010.

Sundance Richie and Southoftheborder finished one-two in the Mass. Stallion Stakes last fall. Both posted speed figures that would make them top contenders if they emerge from their winter layoffs in the same form.

The Mass.-bred program has been incredibly lucrative for this field. Seven of the 13 entrants have earned six figures in their career, led by Ask Queenie's record $697,045.