NITE DELITE PREVAILS IN SUNDAY’S FEATURE AT SUFFOLK DOWNS; SILENT WATERS WINS $50,000 THOMAS F. MORAN STAKES

Suffolk Downs hosted the final of four scheduled live racing and food truck festival weekends of the year and concluded the 2017 season on Sunday with a nine-race card.

The day started with the $50,000 Thomas F. Moran Stakes, a seven and a half furlong turf contest restricted to horses bred in Massachusetts. Silent Waters, a four-year-old son of Silent Name (JPN) bred by Nine Maple Farm, Inc, made every call a winning one and drew off to win by seven lengths under jockey Rosario Montanez for trainer Carlos Martin.

Silent Waters returned $3.20, 2.20 and 2.00. Danly’s Dream, the defending winner of the Thomas F. Moran Stakes, paid $3.40 and 2.20. There was no show wagering.

In the eighth and featured race, the Linda Rice-trainee Nite Delite notched the seventh victory of her career with a one-length victory. The five-year-old daughter of War Chant stalked the pace under jockey Mike Luzzi before launching a bid and battling with a resolute Maggiesfreuddnslip in the stretch. She stopped the clock in 1:00 over a yielding turf course.

Nite Delite paid $3.40, 2.40 and 2.00. Maggiesfreuddnslip returned $6.20 and 3.20 while Elandess paid $3.00.

The 2017 live racing season at Suffolk Downs consisted of eight days of live racing featuring $4 million in purses including stakes races forMassachusetts-bred horses. The track intends to operate a similar live racing schedule in 2018.

Suffolk Downs remains open for simulcasting year-round.

SUFFOLK DOWNS WRAPS UP LIVE RACING SEASON THIS WEEKEND

 

East Boston, MA — A total of 204 horses have been entered over two days as Suffolk Downs will host its fourth and final racing and food truck festival weekend of the year this Saturday and Sunday, September 30 and October 1.

 

The field of eight in Saturday’s featured race on the turf includes Fuerza, a homebred daughter of War Front for Ramona S. Bass who broke her maiden on September 2 at Suffolk Downs for trainer Michael Matz. She will be facing the Bill Mott-trained Tisbury and Larkin, the Godolphin Racing color bearer trained Michael Stidham. In addition to familiar local jockeys David Amiss and Tammi Piermarini, the featured race has also attracted journeymen riders such as Mike Luzzi and Luis Quinones.

 

On Sunday, the nine-race card will begin with the $50,000 Thomas F. Moran Stakes which is restricted to horses bred in Massachusetts. The seven and a half furlong turf race will feature the defending champion, Danly’s Dream, and multiple stakes winner Dr. Blarney who has won eleven of his fifteen career races.

 

Post time for the nine race card on both days is at 12:35 p.m. and gates open at 11:00 a.m. In addition to live racing, the track will be hosting a food truck festival, craft beers and family fun activities.

 

The 2017 live racing season at Suffolk Downs will have consisted of eight days of live racing featuring $4 million in purses including stakes races for Massachusetts-bred horses. The track intends to operate a similar live racing schedule in 2018.

 

Suffolk Downs remains open for simulcasting year-round.

JEB DELIVERS IN SUNDAY’S $50,000 MASSACHUSETTS STALLION STAKES; EDWIN GONZALEZ RIDES THREE WINNERS

 

Jeb, photo credit: Chip Bott Photography

EAST BOSTON, MA – Suffolk Downs concluded the third of four scheduled weekend long live racing and food truck festivals on Sunday, September 3 with the $50,000 Massachusetts Stallion Stakes.

 

Jeb, a five-year-old daughter of Zong bred in Massachusetts by Kenneth Posco, went to post as the favorite and delivered with a 1 ¼ length victory in the six-furlong contest. Ridden by Luis Perez and trained by Dylan Clarke, the chestnut mare contested the early lead before seizing command and drawing off to earn her seventh career victory.

 

“She is just such a nice filly,” said Dylan Clarke, who also teamed up with Perez to win the first race with Massachusetts-bred Grady. “This weekend has been great. It is so rewarding to get to come back to Suffolk Downs with my family and have this kind of success. I have a great team.”

 

Jeb returned $4.80, 3.00 and 2.20. Spectacularsociano paid $3.60 and 2.60 while Brokers Prize paid $2.20.

 

Also on the card, jockey Edwin Gonzalez piloted home three winners on the eleven-race program. Gonzalez kicked off his trifecta in the second race with Golden Story ($7.00) for trainer Michael Stidham. In the third race, he teamed up with Steve Klesaris for a victory with Escape to the Moon ($4.80). He and Stidham paired up again to win the night cap with Sophieshardtocatch ($3.60).

 

The live racing and food truck festivals will continue with the final weekend scheduled to be held on September 30 and October 1.

 

PUCA WINS $75,000 STEVE PINI MEMORIAL STAKES SATURDAY AT SUFFOLK DOWNS; JAY BERNARDINI AND ERIK BARBARAN TEAM UP FOR A HAT TRICK

 

Photo credit: Chip Bott Photography

EAST BOSTON, MA – Live racing returned to Suffolk Downs on Saturday, September 2 as the track kicked off the third of four scheduled weekend-long racing and food truck festivals. An enthusiastic crowd of 7,552 was on hand to cheer on Donegal Racing’s Puca to victory in the $75,000 Steve Pini Memorial Stakes.

 

Trained by Hall of Fame conditioner Bill Mott, the five-year-old daughter of Big Brown settled off of the pace and launched a bold move as they turned for home. She drew off to win convincingly under Abel Lezcano and stopped the clock in 1:43 3/5 in the mile and seventy yard turf contest.

 

“I didn’t have a mount in this race and was happy to get a chance to ride such a nice filly,” said Lezcano. “I knew she had one move and when I asked her, I thought to myself that we had it. I want to thank Bill Mott and her owners, she is a classy horse.”

 

Puca notched her first black-type victory and returned $7.40, 4.40 and 3.00. Queen Caroline paid $5.20 and 3.20 while Princess of Gibralter (GB) returned $3.00.

 

Mott also sent out Mr. Meister ($6.80) to victory in the ninth race with Wilmer Garcia in the irons.

 

Also on the card, trainer Jay Bernardini and jockey Erik Barbaran teamed up for three winners on the eleven race card. The pair started the day in the opener with So Miesque ($5.40) and swept the early double with Dero D ($7.20). They closed out the card with a front-running victory with Boppin Anda Weavin ($7.40) in the final race of the day.

 

Bernardini took home leading training honors at Suffolk Downs in 2014.

 

The live racing and food truck festival will continue on Sunday, September 3 and again on September 30 and October 1.

 

LIVE RACING RESUMES SATURDAY AND SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 2-3

East Boston, MA — Suffolk Downs will host the third live racing and food truck festival weekend of the summer this Saturday and Sunday, September 2-3. The $75,000 Steve Pini Memorial Stakes will highlight the eleven-race card on Saturday.

Also on Saturday, local racing fans will have the opportunity to purchase a commemorative racing program and receive a limited edition Suffolk Downs baseball cap while supplies last. All proceeds will go to the Permanently Disabled Jockeys Fund.

Longtime Suffolk Downs-based trainers Jay Bernardini, Karl Grusmark and Brenda McCarthy as well as prominent national outfits including Christophe Clement, Bill Mott and Nick Zito have entered for the weekend’s races.

The $75,000 Steve Pini Memorial Stakes is restricted to fillies and mares and is scheduled to be run at a mile and seventy yards on the turf. The black-type race has drawn a field of ten with an additional contender listed as also-eligible. The field includes Puca, a four-year-old daughter of Big Brown who competed in both the 2014 Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies (G1) and the 2013 Kentucky Oaks (G1).
In addition to the Steve Pini Memorial Stakes, Saturday’s card will include six turf races.

Over the course of the weekend, there will be two stakes races restricted to either horses foaled in Massachusetts or sired by a Massachusetts-based stallion. Each offers a purse of $50,000 and is a showcase for the Massachusetts Thoroughbred breeding industry.

There will be many familiar faces taking part in the opening card including popular local jockeys David Amiss, the leading rider at Suffolk Downs in 2014, and Tammi Piermarini, the third most winning female jockey in history.

Post time for the eleven race card is at 12:35 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 a variety of local vendors, craft beer, live music and family fun activities for the whole family.

Live racing will continue on Sunday with twelve races. The $50,000 John Kirby Stakes will be run as a non-wagering event with a post time of 11:55 a.m.

An additional weekend of live racing has been added to the schedule. Live Thoroughbred racing, food trucks and family entertainment will continue on Saturday and Sunday, September 30-October 1.

TAMMI PIERMARINI WINS SIX RACES AND SWEEPS SUFFOLK DOWNS STAKES RACES ON SUNDAY

 

EAST BOSTON, MA – Jockey Tammi Piermarini notched six winners on Sunday’s fourteen race card at Suffolk Downs and swept the three stakes races on tap for the afternoon.

 

Piermarini kicked off her day in the $50,000 Louise Kimball Stakes which was run as an exhibition race at the beginning of the day with a victory aboard Frosty Nurse for trainer Karl Grusmark. The three-year-old daughter of Freud is owned and bred by Joseph DiRico and was moved up to first via disqualification to earn her first victory.

 

As the remainder of the card got underway, Piermarini continued her success with a win in the first race aboard Charlie Riffic ($7.60) for longtime local trainer Bobby Raymond. She returned to the winner’s circle after Mr. Grey ($18.00) prevailed by a nose for trainer Antonio Arriaga.

 

In the $50,000 Last Dance Stakes, Piermarini was aboard Dr. Blarney ($2.10) remained undefeated at Suffolk Downs with an 8 ¾ length romp for trainer Karl Grusmark and owner Joseph DiRico. The chestnut son of Dublin is out of the mare Dr. Capote and is a half-brother to Louise Kimball Stakes winner Frosty Nurse.

 

“He is just such a cool horse,” said Piermarini. “Knowing we were going a little longer today, I tried to save him for the stretch. He is a very classy horse.”

 

Piermarini continued her clean sweep of the stakes races on the day and teamed up again with Antonio Arriaga to win the $50,000 First Episode Stakes with Miss Wilby ($6.20). The four-year-old daughter of Imperialism won by seven-lengths and earned her fourth state-bred stakes victory.

 

“I have had just an awesome day,” said Piermarini, who ranks as the third all-time leading female rider. “Miss Wilby felt like a different horse today. The trainer has done a great job with her. It feels even sweeter to have such a big day at home.”

 

She capped off her day with a victory aboard Simply Classic ($17.80) in the final race on the card for trainer Brenda McCarthy.

 

The third and final of the three live racing and food truck festival weekends is scheduled to be held on September 2-3.

 

Also on Sunday, the track hosted a handicapping tournament which yielded two qualifiers for the National Handicapping Championship which is scheduled to be held in Las Vegas in February. Adam Aiken of Springfield, Massachusetts finished first with a bankroll of $2290.95 while Christopher Ahl of Hingham, Massachusetts finished second with $1672.40.

BELLAVAIS WINS $75,000 DRUMPTOP STAKES; BRIAN PEDROZA NOTCHES FOUR WINNERS

 

EAST BOSTON, MA – Live racing returned to Suffolk Downs on Saturday, August 5 as the track kicked off the second of three scheduled weekend-long racing and food truck festivals. Despite early rain, an exuberant crowd of 6,929 was on hand as Bellavais rallied to win the $75,000 Drumptop Stakes.

Trained by James Toner and ridden to victory by Michael Luzzi, the three-year-old daughter of Tapit stalked the pace and launched a strong bid on the turn. She hit the lead and drew off to win by 2 3/4 lengths to complete the mile in 1:42 4/5. Toner also won the Drumptop Stakes in 1997 with Gastronomical.

“I had been only on this filly once before,” said Luzzi. “I got on her in the morning to get a feel for her because she can be a little tricky – she can be mouthy and wants things her way. The pace slowed down a little bit and I knew we were in a good position and she finished really strong.”

Bellavais returned $6.80, 4.00 and 3.20. Notapradaprice paid $14.20 and 5.80 while Cool returned $5.80.

Also on the card, jockey Brian Pedroza rode four winners, three of which came for trainer Michael Stidham. The jockey and trainer combination started their successful day in the third race with Great Captain ($4.40) and continued in the seventh race with Golden Story ($8.40). They capped off their day in the eighth race with Charged ($9.20).

Pedroza also won the sixth race with Adversary ($7.60) for trainer Rodolfo Sanchez-Salomon.

The live racing and food truck festival will continue on Sunday, August 6 and again on September 2-3.

LIVE RACING CONTINUES AT SUFFOLK DOWNS SATURDAY AND SUNDAY

 

East Boston, MA — Suffolk Downs will host the second of three scheduled live racing and food truck festival weekends this Saturday and Sunday, August 5-6. The $75,000 Drumtop Stakes will highlight the supersized fifteen-race card on Saturday.

 

Longtime Suffolk Downs-based trainers Jay Bernardini, William Sienkewicz and Bobby Raymond as well as prominent national outfits including Christophe Clement, Ken McPeek and Steve Klesaris entered for the weekend’s races.

 

The $75,000 Drumtop Stakes is a one-mile turf race restricted to three-year-old fillies. The black-type race has drawn a field of seven including multiple stakes winner Dynatail for trainer Michael Dini. The Drumtop Stakes is race thirteen.
In addition to the Drumtop Stakes, Saturday’s card will include seven turf races.

 

“We appreciate the support of the Massachusetts Legislature and its leadership for the recent extension of the racing and simulcast laws in the Commonwealth,” said Chip Tuttle, the Chief Operating Officer at Suffolk Downs. “Tom Creel and our racing department did a spectacular job filling the races and putting together such a competitive weekend of racing and we are looking forward to putting on a good show for the local racing fans.”

 

On Sunday, there will be three stakes races restricted to horses foaled in Massachusetts – the Louise Kimball Stakes, the Last Dance Stakes and the First Episode Stakes. Each offers a purse of $50,000 and is a showcase for the Massachusetts Thoroughbred breeding industry. The Last Dance Stakes will feature a matchup between Dr. Blarney, undefeated in five local stakes races, and numerous state-bred stakes winner Worth the Worry who won the 2015 edition of the Last Dance Stakes.

 

The Louise Kimball Stakes will be run as an exhibition race as an addition to the program at 11:30 a.m.

 

There will be many familiar faces taking part in the opening card including popular local jockeys David Amiss, the leading rider at Suffolk Downs in 2014, and Tammi Piermarini, the third most winning female jockey in history.

 

The first live racing and food truck festival weekend of the year was held in July and drew an average of over 9,000 fans to the track each day.

Post time for the 15 race card is at 12:35 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 a variety of local vendors, craft beer, live music and family fun activities for the whole family.

 

Live racing will continue on Sunday with fourteen races.

 

Also on Sunday, Suffolk Downs will be hosting a National Horseplayers Championship qualifying handicapping tournament which will offer two guaranteed seats to the National Horseplayers Championship in Las Vegas in February.

BLARNEY, PRINCESS DREAM WIN STAKES RACES ON SUNDAY AT SUFFOLK DOWNS

The Massachusetts breeding industry was the highlight of Sunday’s ten-race card at Suffolk Downs with a pair of $50,000 stakes races restricted to horses bred in state as the track concluded the final day of the first of three food truck and live racing festival weekends scheduled this summer.

Dr. Blarney, a homebred for prominent local owner and breeder Joseph DiRico, romped by nine-lengths as the heavy favorite in the six-furlong $50,000 Rise Jim Stakes to earn the ninth win and fifth stakes victory of his career. Trained by Karl Grusmark, the four-year-old son of Dublin was ridden by Tammi Piermarini who went on to win a total of three races on the day.

“It always feels so nice to win at home,” said Piermarini. “The minute you get into Massachusetts, nothing beats the feeling of being at home.

Piermarini also won the second race with Smokin Red Hot ($8.00) for trainer William Downing and teamed up with Antonio Arriaga to win the seventh race with Banner Bill ($8.00).

In the ninth race, the $50,000 Isadorable Stakes for fillies and mares, Jonathan Buckley saddled Princess Dream to an 11 ½ length romp in the six furlong contest under jockey Joel Sone. The four-year-old daughter of Freud carried the colors of owner and breeder Mrs. Patricia Moseley who won the Isadorable Stakes in 2013, 2015 and 2016 with local champion mare Navy Nurse.
“It is just wonderful to win this race,” said Moseley. “We did not even know if we would get a chance to be here. This horse is special to us – she was kind of like our pet. We brought her up ourselves on the farm and you just never know how they will turn out.”

Also on the card, apprentice rider Jenn Miller notched two victories and lit up the toteboard with Redeem Me ($88.60) in the fourth race. She closed out the card with a two-length score aboard Likeagirl ($4.40). Miller began her career as a jockey this past fall after previously competing successfully as a Grand Prix dressage rider.

The live racing and food truck festivals will continue on August 5-6 and September 2-3 and will feature Thoroughbred racing, food trucks and family fun entertainment

D’BOLDEST WINS $75,000 JILL JELLISON MEMORIAL DASH AS LIVE RACING RETURNS TO SUFFOLK DOWNS

 

EAST BOSTON, MA – Live racing returned to Suffolk Downs on Saturday, July 8 as the track kicked off the first of three scheduled weekend-long racing and food truck festivals. An enthusiastic crowd of 10,219 was on hand as D’Boldest went gate to wire to win the $75,000 Jill Jellison Memorial Dash.

“It is gratifying to get such a great turnout from local fans and such solid support from horsemen shipping in for the weekend,” said Chip Tuttle, the Chief Operating Officer at Suffolk Downs. “We’re appreciative of the dedicated staff here who put in a ton of work over the last few weeks to make these days happen. Congratulations to Antonia Noonan and the connections of D’Boldest.”

Trained by Jose Camejo and owned by Antonia Noonan, the seven-year-old daughter of D’Wildcat broke sharply and secured the early lead. From there, she made every call a winning one under jockey Abel Lezcano and drew off to win by 4 1/4 lengths to earn the tenth victory of her career.

“I have won stakes races all across the country,” said Lezcano. “But, I have never won one at Suffolk Downs and it was great to win this one. She ran a fantastic race. Even though my saddle slipped, she went right to the front and just kept going.”

Also on the card, the entry of Saint Alfred and Frosty Nurse finished one-two for prominent longtime local owner and breeder Joseph DiRico in the $50,000 African Prince Stakes. Saint Alfred, ridden by Tammi Piermarini, prevailed by ¾ of a length over his entry mate to earn the second stakes victory of his career.

The live racing and food truck festival will continue on Sunday, July 9 and again on both August 5-6 and September 2-3.