Suffolk Downs hosted the final of four scheduled live racing and food truck festival weekends of the year and concluded the 2017 season on Sunday with a nine-race card.
The day started with the $50,000 Thomas F. Moran Stakes, a seven and a half furlong turf contest restricted to horses bred in Massachusetts. Silent Waters, a four-year-old son of Silent Name (JPN) bred by Nine Maple Farm, Inc, made every call a winning one and drew off to win by seven lengths under jockey Rosario Montanez for trainer Carlos Martin.
Silent Waters returned $3.20, 2.20 and 2.00. Danly’s Dream, the defending winner of the Thomas F. Moran Stakes, paid $3.40 and 2.20. There was no show wagering.
In the eighth and featured race, the Linda Rice-trainee Nite Delite notched the seventh victory of her career with a one-length victory. The five-year-old daughter of War Chant stalked the pace under jockey Mike Luzzi before launching a bid and battling with a resolute Maggiesfreuddnslip in the stretch. She stopped the clock in 1:00 over a yielding turf course.
Nite Delite paid $3.40, 2.40 and 2.00. Maggiesfreuddnslip returned $6.20 and 3.20 while Elandess paid $3.00.
The 2017 live racing season at Suffolk Downs consisted of eight days of live racing featuring $4 million in purses including stakes races forMassachusetts-bred horses. The track intends to operate a similar live racing schedule in 2018.
Suffolk Downs remains open for simulcasting year-round.