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.