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.