EAST BOSTON, MA – Jockey Tammi Piermarini notched six winners on Sunday’s fourteen race card at Suffolk Downs and swept the three stakes races on tap for the afternoon.
Piermarini kicked off her day in the $50,000 Louise Kimball Stakes which was run as an exhibition race at the beginning of the day with a victory aboard Frosty Nurse for trainer Karl Grusmark. The three-year-old daughter of Freud is owned and bred by Joseph DiRico and was moved up to first via disqualification to earn her first victory.
As the remainder of the card got underway, Piermarini continued her success with a win in the first race aboard Charlie Riffic ($7.60) for longtime local trainer Bobby Raymond. She returned to the winner’s circle after Mr. Grey ($18.00) prevailed by a nose for trainer Antonio Arriaga.
In the $50,000 Last Dance Stakes, Piermarini was aboard Dr. Blarney ($2.10) remained undefeated at Suffolk Downs with an 8 ¾ length romp for trainer Karl Grusmark and owner Joseph DiRico. The chestnut son of Dublin is out of the mare Dr. Capote and is a half-brother to Louise Kimball Stakes winner Frosty Nurse.
“He is just such a cool horse,” said Piermarini. “Knowing we were going a little longer today, I tried to save him for the stretch. He is a very classy horse.”
Piermarini continued her clean sweep of the stakes races on the day and teamed up again with Antonio Arriaga to win the $50,000 First Episode Stakes with Miss Wilby ($6.20). The four-year-old daughter of Imperialism won by seven-lengths and earned her fourth state-bred stakes victory.
“I have had just an awesome day,” said Piermarini, who ranks as the third all-time leading female rider. “Miss Wilby felt like a different horse today. The trainer has done a great job with her. It feels even sweeter to have such a big day at home.”
She capped off her day with a victory aboard Simply Classic ($17.80) in the final race on the card for trainer Brenda McCarthy.
The third and final of the three live racing and food truck festival weekends is scheduled to be held on September 2-3.
Also on Sunday, the track hosted a handicapping tournament which yielded two qualifiers for the National Handicapping Championship which is scheduled to be held in Las Vegas in February. Adam Aiken of Springfield, Massachusetts finished first with a bankroll of $2290.95 while Christopher Ahl of Hingham, Massachusetts finished second with $1672.40.