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