NITE DELITE PREVAILS IN SUNDAY’S FEATURE AT SUFFOLK DOWNS; SILENT WATERS WINS $50,000 THOMAS F. MORAN STAKES

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.