Live racing returns to Suffolk Downs Saturday and Sunday
Full fields, over $1 million in purses and awards highlight weekend
East Boston — Suffolk Downs will host the second of three scheduled live racing and food truck festival weekends this Saturday and Sunday, July 7-8.
On Saturday, the average field size is 11 horses per race and 150 total horses have been entered for the day which features over $500,000 in total purses and awards. The featured race is a $50,000 allowance/optional claiming race that is scheduled to be run at a mile and seventy yards on the turf. The race has drawn a full field of ten with one horse listed as an also-eligible. In addition to the featured race, there are six other turf races carded for Saturday.
Trainer Jay Bernardini, the leading trainer at Suffolk Downs in 2014, is one victory away from a career milestone of 1,000 wins. He has two horses entered at Mountaineer this evening and has entered 10 horses on Saturday at Suffolk Downs.
Over the course of the weekend, there will be three stakes races restricted to horses foaled in Massachusetts – the $50,000 Last Dance Stakes on Saturday and the $50,000 Louise Kimball Stakes and $50,000 First Episode Stakes on Sunday. The popular Massachusetts-bred Dr. Blarney will be trying to win the Last Dance Stakes for the third consecutive year for owner and breeder Joseph DiRico.
The track will also continue the $5,000 Jockey Challenge for the second weekend. The jockeys will be awarded points based on the their finish position in a race with six points for finishing 1st, five points for 2nd, four points for 3rd, three points for 4th and two points for 5th. For any finish between 6th and last place, one point will be awarded. At the end of the weekend, the three jockeys that accumulate most points will be awarded a cash bonus of $2000 for 1st, $1500 for 2nd, $1000 for 3rd and $500 for 4th. Dylan Davis took home the top prize in June.
Post time for the 13 race card is at 12:55 p.m. and gates open at 11:00 a.m. In addition to live racing, the track will be hosting a food truck festival featuring food trucks from numerous local vendors, craft beer, live music and family fun activities.
Live racing will continue on Sunday with 13 races and the track will again offer over $500,000 in purses and awards.
For more information, visit www.suffolkdowns.com
Built by 3,000 workers in just 62 days when Massachusetts authorized pari-mutuel wagering in 1935, the historic track has been a showcase for some of the most famous names in Thoroughbred racing history, including Seabiscuit, Whirlaway, John Henry, Cigar and Skip Away.