On Sunday, September 4, at Suffolk Downs, an exuberant crowd of 6,333 was on hand to celebrate Labor Day weekend as the track hosted the second day of the final of three live racing and food truck festivals scheduled for the year featuring a pair of $75,000 stakes races restricted to horses bred in Massachusetts.
“We are very happy with the three festival weekends – strong attendance and excellent participation from both longtime New England horsemen and top national stables – and we are looking forward to next year,” said Chip Tuttle, the Chief Operating Officer at Suffolk Downs. “While we work through the development options for the property, it is great that we can keep people working, help the local racing industry continue and provide a safe, professional venue for local horsemen and breeders to earn purse money.”
The track hosted a pair of stakes races restricted to horses bred in Massachusetts – the $75,000 Massachusetts Stallion Stakes and the $75,000 Thomas F. Moran Stakes.
Tania, a three-year-old daughter of Zong, defeated male rivals in the $75,000 Massachusetts Stallion Stakes. Under jockey Dyn Panell, she contested the early lead and dug in gamely to win by a head, completing six furlongs in 1:11 3/5 for trainer Maureen Myers. Tania returned $10.60, 4.60 and 3.80.
In the $75,000 Thomas F. Moran Stakes, jockey David Amiss and trainer Jay Bernardini teamed up to earn their fourth victory of the weekend with Danly’s Dream. The seven-year-old gelded son of Dream Run earned the fifth victory of his career and won the seven and a half furlong turf race by 8 ¼ lengths as the favorite.
“It has been a great weekend,” said Amiss. “It is great to be home and see all the fans that came out to support racing. I’m really appreciative of Jay, Wayne Potts and all of the owners that have supported me.
Danly’s Dream returned $6.00, 3.20 and 2.80. Stakes winner Worth the Worry finished second.
Also on the card, jockey Pedro Cotto, Jr. won three races. He won the third race with Mr Lightning Boy ($6.80) for Anthony Pecoraro and took the fourth race for trainer Bobby Dibona with Disco Bill ($7.20). He capped off his triple with Maggiesfreuddnslip ($5.80) in the finale for trainer John Pimental.