SUFFOLK DOWNS CLOSES OUT 2018 LIVE RACING SEASON; BERNARDINI AND BARBARAN TOP THE STANDINGS

East Boston, MA — The 2018 live racing season at Suffolk Downs concluded after eight days of live racing spread over the course of four weekends from June through September. The boutique meet, held in conjunction with food truck festivals each weekend, featured over $4 million in purses and awards including stakes races for Massachusetts-bred horses.

Trainer Jay Bernardini, a resident of Lynn, Massachusetts, topped the trainer standings with 10 victories and starters earning a total of $342,850 over the course of eight racing days. He saddled 52 horses and completed the season with a 52% in the money percentage. Local horseman Dylan Clarke finished second in the standings with 6 wins and $280,000 in earnings. Bernardini claimed the leading trainer title in 2014, the last time Suffolk Downs ran a full season.

Jockey Erik Barbaran, a familiar face in recent years in New England racing, topped the jockey standings with $325,050 in earnings and nine victories. Seven of his nine victories came aboard Bernardini-trained runners. Barbaran also claimed the top spot in the August edition of the $5,000 Jockey Challenge, an inaugural incentive for 2018 in which the riders compete for points over the course of each weekend.

Massachusetts-bred horses dominated the standings with Grady and Princess Dream getting the distinction of being the most winning horses of the meet. Grady, trained by Dylan Clarke, is an eight-year-old gelding who won three of his four local starts for earnings of $77,000. Princess Dream, a five-year-old daughter of Freud bred and owned by Mrs. Patricia Moseley of Hamilton, Massachusetts, went undefeated from three starts against stakes competition for trainer Jonathan Buckley and won on both turf and dirt.

The track remains open year-round for simulcasting and intends to request live racing dates for 2019 from the Massachusetts Gaming Commission.

HECTOR DIAZ, JR. HITS A TRIPLE ON SUNDAY AT SUFFOLK DOWNS; RUBENSILVERA WINS $5,000 JOCKEY CHALLENGE

East Boston, MA — SuffolkDowns hosted the final of four scheduled live racing and food truck festivalweekends of the year and concluded the 2018 season on Sundaywith aneleven-race card. Jockey Hector Diaz, Jr. rode three winners on the day andRuben Silvera swept the $5,000 Jockey Challenge.

“We arevery happy about the way these festival weekends have turned out and thesupport they have gotten from the local horsemen and horsewomen,” said Chip Tuttle, the Chief Operating Officer at SuffolkDowns. “As part of our ongoing partnership with the New England HBPA and theMassachusetts Thoroughbred Breeders Association, we plan to file a request fordates in 2019 with the Massachusetts Gaming Commission by the end of themonth.”

Jockey Hector Diaz,Jr. kicked off his triple in the second race with a win aboard Stormy Change($3.80) for trainer Gregory Sacco. He piloted King of New York ($10.40) tovictory in the seventh race for trainer David Donk and took the featured ninthrace with Diamond Play ($6.00) for Kelly Breen.

Suffolk Downs also concludedthe fourth $5,000 Jockey Challenge of the year in which the riders compete forpoints over the course of the weekend. Jockey Ruben Silvera took home the topprize of $2,000 and led the standings with 41 points. Erik Barbaran finishedsecond with 40 points for a prize of $1,500 while Jose Baez and PedroMonterrey, Jr. tied for third with 36 points each and each received $750.

The2018 live racing season at Suffolk Downs consisted of eight days of live racingfeaturing over $4 million in purses and awards including stakes races for Massachusetts-bred horses. The track remains openyear-round for simulcasting and intends to request live racing dates for 2019from the Massachusetts Gaming Commission.

LIVE RACING RETURNS TO SUFFOLK DOWNS SATURDAY AND SUNDAY

 

 

East Boston, MA — Suffolk Downs will host the fourth and final live racing and food truck festival weekend of the year this Saturday and Sunday, September 15-16.

 

On Saturday, the average field size is 12 horses per race and 133 total horses have been entered for the day which features eleven races, seven of which have been carded on the turf.

 

The featured race is a $25,000 allowance optional claiming race that carries a purse of $50,000 and will be run at about a mile and seventy yards on the turf. That race has drawn a field of ten with three contenders listed as also-eligible. New England Hall of Fame trainer Ned Allard will send out Hills Pond for longtime owner Charles Matses. Tammi Piermarini, one of the most decorated riders in Suffolk Downs history, has been named to ride the three-year-old son of First Samurai. Piermarini is closing in on 2,500 career victories – she is currently at 2,495 with three mounts scheduled at Finger Lakes on Thursday and she is named on nine horses on Saturday’s overnight at Suffolk Downs.

 

Over the course of the weekend, there will be three races restricted to horses foaled in Massachusetts.

 

The track will also continue the $5,000 Jockey Challenge for the fourth 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, Pedro Monterrey, Jr. got top honors in July and Erik Barbaran led the standings in August.

 

Post time for the 11 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 numerous local vendors, craft beer, live music and family fun activities.

 

Live racing will continue on Sunday with 11 races.

SUFFOLK DOWNS TO ADD ADDITIONAL WEEKEND OF LIVE RACING IN SEPTEMBER

SUFFOLK DOWNS TO ADD ADDITIONAL WEEKEND OF LIVE RACING IN SEPTEMBER

East Boston, MA — Suffolk Downs was granted approval from the Massachusetts Gaming Commission today to add a fourth weekend of live racing to the schedule with the funding to come from the Racehorse Development Fund. The track will host the final live racing and food truck festival weekend of the year on Saturday and Sunday, September 15-16.

“These festival weekends have proven to be successful in attracting fans and wagering and for giving local horsemen a chance to compete for purse money,” said Chip Tuttle, the Chief Operating Officer at Suffolk Downs. “We’re looking forward to 2019 and to continuing to work with the MGC and the Legislature on a longer-term commitment to racing that will provide more certainty and, in turn, investment in the state.”

The track has hosted three weekends of live racing this year that have been met with an average of over 6,800 fans in attendance per day as well as a field size averaging 11 horses per race.  There was in excess of $1 million in purses and awards each weekend.  The same purse and awards structure is scheduled for the final weekend.

The track remains open year-round for simulcasting.

FIESTA ROLLS IN $100,000 JILL JELLISON MEMORIAL DASH SATURDAY AT SUFFOLK DOWNS; JOCKEY DYLAN DAVIS WINS FOUR

 

East Boston, MA — Live racing returned to Suffolk Downs on Saturday, August 4 as the track held the third weekend-long racing and food truck festival of the summer. A rain dampened crowd of 6,776 was on hand as Fiesta made every call a winning one in the $100,000 Jill Jellison Memorial Dash.

The four-year-old daughter of Speightstown broke alertly under jockey Luis Ocasio and controlled the pace. At the top of the stretch, she kicked clear to win by 2 ½ lengths and completed the distance of about five furlongs in :58.40. It was the fifth victory of her career and her first black type win. Trained by Joe Sharp and owned by Seajay Racing, LLC, Fiesta returned $13.40, 6.60 and 5.00. Orecchiette returned $5.00 and longshot Eye on Berlin paid $13.20.

Also on the card, the Massachusetts Thoroughbred breeding program was showcased in the opener with the $50,000 Massachusetts Stallion Stakes. Desert Wonder, a five-year-old son of Wild Desert, went gate to wire to win by 1 ¼ lengths as the favorite. The gelding is owned by Arlene Brown and was bred with her husband, the late George Brown, at their Briar Hill Farm in Rehoboth, Massachusetts. George Brown passed away in July.

 “I am just sure that George was pushing for us,” said an emotional Arlene Brown in the winner’s circle. “He just would have been so happy.”

Desert Wonder returned $4.40, 3.20 and 2.40. Spectacularsociano, who was also bred by George and Arlene Brown, finished second and paid $4.80 and 3.60 while Tropical Joy returned $2.80.

Also on the card, jockey Dylan Davis piloted home four winners and is sitting at the top of the standings for the third $5,000 Jockey Challenge in which the riders compete for points over the course of the weekend. Davis kicked off his four win day in the second race with Eighth Commandment ($5.60) and teamed up with Michael Stidham to win the fifth race with Fetching Fury ($3.40). He went on to win the seventh race with the Jonathan Thomas trained Escapade ($5.60) for Eclipse Thoroughbred Partners and capped off his day with Peppi the Hunter ($8.80 for Joseph Minieri). Davis won the Jockey Challenge in June and heads into Sunday’s card with 37 points, 9 ahead of Erik Barbaran in second.

“I am having an incredible day so far,” said Davis. “I am just taking it one race at a time but I love getting to come to Boston.”

Live racing is scheduled to continue on Sunday, August 5 with a card of twelve races including two stakes races for Massachusetts-bred horses. Post time is 12:55 p.m.

LIVE RACING RETURNS TO SUFFOLK DOWNS SATURDAY AND SUNDAY

Suffolk Downs will host the third scheduled live racing and food truck festival weekend of the summer this Saturday and Sunday, August 4-5. On Saturday, the average field size is 11 horses per race and 148 total horses have been entered for the day which features over $500,000 in total purses and awards.

 

The $100,000 Jill Jellison Memorial Dash will highlight the 13-race card on Saturday. Scheduled to be run at about five furlongs on the turf, the black type event has drawn a field of ten fillies and mares including D’Boldest, the winner of the 2017 edition of the race for trainer Jose Camejo. Regular rider Abel Lezcano has the mount on the eight-year-old daughter of D’Wildcat. In addition to the stakes race race, there are six other turf races carded for Saturday.

 

Over the course of the weekend, there will be two stakes races restricted to horses foaled in Massachusetts –  the $50,000 Massachusetts Sire Stakes on Saturday and the $50,000 George Brown Memorial Turf Mile on Sunday.

 

The track will also continue the $5,000 Jockey Challenge for the third 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 and Pedro Monterrey, Jr. got top honors in July.

 

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 12 races.

 

Suffolk Downs has a request pending before the Massachusetts Gaming Commission to add another weekend of live racing to its 2018 schedule, September 15-16. It is expected the MGC will take up the request at its August meeting.

 

BLARNEY WINS $50,000 LAST DANCE STAKES FOR THIRD STRAIGHT YEAR; VETERAN KHAN OF KHANS NOTCHES 30THCAREER VICTORY

East Boston, MA — Live racing returned to Suffolk Downs on Saturday, July 7th as the track held the second of three scheduled weekend-long racing and food truck festivals. A crowd of 8,110 was on hand for the thirteen-race card.

Dr. Blarney started the day with an emphatic victory under jockey Tammi Piermarini in the $50,000 Last Dance Stakes which was contested as a non-wagering event. The five-year-old gelded son of Dublin, bred in Massachusetts by owner Joseph DiRico has won 14 of his 20 starts and has now claimed three consecutive editions of the Last Dance Stakes.

Also on the card, veteran Khan of Khans notched his 30th victory of his impressive 108 start career. Trained by Dylan Clarke and owned by his mother, Anne Clarke, the twelve-year-old gelding broke alertly and went to the lead under jockey Luis Perez. He opened up a two-length advantage as they turned for home and dug in gamely to prevail by a neck at the wire to complete about five furlongs on the turf in :59.17.

“We have had him for seven years,” said Dylan Clarke after the race. “For us, winning his 30th race here at home at Suffolk Downs is one of our most meaningful wins. He is like a family pet. I am hoping to compete with him in the Retired Racehorse Project in 2019.”

A chestnut son of Storm Boot bred in Kentucky, Khan of Khans made his debut in the fall of his juvenile year and broke his maiden the following summer. He has raced continuously since then and has compiled a record of 30-20-7 from 108 starts with $412,397 in earnings.

LIVE RACING RETURNS TO SUFFOLK DOWNS SATURDAY AND SUNDAY

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.

 

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.

PRINCESS DREAM WINS $50,000 ISADORABLE STAKES AS LIVE RACING RETURNS


East Boston, MA — Live racing returned to Suffolk Downs on Saturday, June 9 as the track kicked off the first of three scheduled weekend-long racing and food truck festivals. A crowd of 9,208 was on hand as Princess Dream won the $50,000 Isadorable Stakes for the second consecutive year.

The five-year-old daughter of Freud, bred in Massachusetts by owner Patricia Moseley, rated off of the pace under jockey Joel Sone and took control at the top of the stretch. She drew clear to win by 2 ¾ lengths and completed the six furlong contest in 1.11.19. Trained by Jonathan Buckley, she earned her fifth career victory and returned $4.20, 2.60 and 2.20.

It was the second winner of the day at Suffolk Downs for owner and breeder Patricia Moseley of Hamilton, Massachusetts. Dream Doctor, a seven-year-old son of Freud, won the ninth race for trainer Tim Wooley. Edwin Gonzalez was aboard for the victory in the $52,500 optional claiming race run at seven and a half furlongs on the turf.

In addition to the success at Suffolk Downs, Moseley also saw La Moneda, a five-year-old full sister to Dream Doctor, win the opening race at Belmont Park. Her multiple graded stakes winner, Proctor’s Ledge, finished second in the $700,000 Just a Game Stakes (G1) at Belmont Park as part of the Belmont Stakes undercard to cap off the day.

“It is great to welcome everyone back and we had a strong crowd in and a very solid program,” said Chip Tuttle, the Chief Operating Officer at Suffolk Downs. “We want to congratulate Patricia Moseley on an outstanding day both here and at Belmont Park.”

Live racing is scheduled to continue on Sunday, June 10 with a card of twelve races including two stakes races for Massachusetts-bred horses. Post time is 12:55 p.m.

Sunday will also mark to the conclusion of the inaugural $5,000 Jockey Challenge in which the riders compete for points over the course of the weekend. Heading into Sunday’s card, jockey Dylan Davis tops the standings with 37 points, 11 ahead of Erik Barbaran in second.

LIVE RACING RETURNS TO SUFFOLK DOWNS SATURDAY AND SUNDAY

LIVE RACING RETURNS TO SUFFOLK DOWNS SATURDAY AND SUNDAY

Over $1 Million In Purses and Awards For Festival Weekend  

 

East Boston, MA — Live Thoroughbred racing will return to Suffolk Downs this weekend with 13 races carded on Saturday and a 12 race card on Sunday.  In addition to live racing, the track will have food trucks, live music, family fun activities and will be simulcasting the Belmont Stakes as Justify tries to sweep the Triple Crown.

 

On Saturday, the average field size is 11 horses per race and 144 total horses have been entered on the card which features $500,000 in total purses for the day. The featured race is a $52,500 optional claiming race for fillies and mares going one mile on the turf. That race has attracted horses from the barns of top national trainers including Michael Matz, Jason Servis and Jonathan Sheppard in the field of ten. In addition to the featured race, six other races have been carded on the turf.

 

“Our racing office has put together two strong cards for our opening weekend and we look forward to welcoming back the horses, horsemen and women and local racing fans to Suffolk Downs on what is sure to be a big weekend of racing both with our opening day and the hope of a Triple Crown on the line in the Belmont Stakes,” said Chip Tuttle, the Chief Operating Officer at Suffolk Downs.

 

Longtime Suffolk Downs-based trainers Jay Bernardini, Dylan Clarke and George Saccardo as well as prominent national outfits including Steve Asmussen and Michael Stidham have entered for the weekend’s races.

 

Over the course of the weekend, there will be three stakes races restricted to horses foaled in Massachusetts as well as a competitive allowance race on Saturday. The $50,000 Isadorable Stakes will be run on Saturday and will feature Princess Dream, a homebred for Hamilton, Massachusetts-resident Mrs. Patricia Moseley, who will be trying to defend her title in the race after winning the 2017 renewal.

 

There will be many familiar faces taking part in the opening card including local jockeys Dyn Panell, and Tammi Piermarini, the third most winning female jockey in history. Also on Saturday’s card, popular jockey Robbie Davis will be continuing his comeback aboard Alva T Soup, who he also trains. Davis resumed riding this year after a five year hiatus. His son, Dylan Davis, won his first career race at Suffolk Downs in 2012 and is also named on mounts for the weekend.

 

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 over a dozen vendors, craft beer, live music and family fun activities.

 

Live racing will continue on Sunday with 12 races including the $50,000 Rise Jim Stakes for Massachusetts-breds which will feature the return of Dr. Blarney, the winner of last year’s running.