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<i>Cigar and Jerry Bailey after their historic performance in the 1996 MassCap</i>Cigar and Jerry Bailey after their historic performance in the 1996 MassCap

NAVY NURSE WINS LABOR DAY FEATURE

Navy Nurse rolled to victory in Monday's Labor Day feature, a $20,000 optional claiming race, and defeated the top fillies and mares on the grounds, completing six furlongs in 1:12 1/5.

Ridden by Tammi Piermarini and trained by George Saccardo, the six-year-old bay daughter of Service Stripe stalked the pace before launching her bid turning for home. She charged clear and fought off a late charge from Dance for Zack to earn her fourth career victory by a neck.

Bred and owned by Patricia Moseley, the Massachusetts-bred Navy Nurse returned $18.20, 7.60 7.00. Dance for Zack paid $10.80 and 7.20 while Mimi's Sugar returned $9.80.

BOBBY J'S RUSH WINS $25,000 AFRICAN PRINCE STAKES; DYN PANELL WINS THREE

Bobby J's Rush romped in the $25,000 African Prince Stakes on Saturday, completing six furlongs in 1:11 2/5.

Trained by William Sienkewicz and ridden by Dyn Panell, the sophomore son of Lycius broke sharply and contested the early lead with Pete before putting away that rival and drawing off impressively to win by 12 lengths to earn the second win of his career.

"I had the perfect trip," said Panell. "He broke sharply and that was the main thing today. He was able to contest the lead and ran great."

Bobby J's Rush returned $3.00, 2.10 and 2.10. Pete paid $3.40 and 4.10 while Sultan's Princess returned $3.20.

It was the third straight winner for Panell on the card. He also won the second race aboard King Colby ($4.40) for George Brown and the third race with Who Is Lady ($5.00) for Jay Bernardini.

Panell is currently tied in the race did leading rider with David Amiss, each with 44 victories.

SULTAN'S PRINCESS WINS THE $25,000 LOUISE KIMBALL STAKES

Sultan's Princess went from last to first to break her maiden in the $25,000 Louise Kimball Stakes, completing six furlongs in 1:13 4/5.

Trained by Tim Kirby, Sultan's Princess broke alertly and settled at the back of the back. She began her move under Gary Wales and rallied sharply to earn her first career victory by 2 1/4 lengths.

"She broke really good and I was able to just sit on her and save one run," said Wales. "She was getting tired but she dug in and got it done. I want to thank the Kirby's for keeping me on her."

The homebred filly is the only foal by local stakes winner Sultan's Prince. Sultan's Princess returned $3.80, 3.00 and 2.10. Malibu Ice paid $3.60 and 2.40 while Restless Rebel returned $2.10.

Also on the card Jay Bernardini saddled three winners and extended his lead in the trainer standings.

Bernardini started his hat trick with Rock in Bage ($7.40) with David Amiss aboard. He teamed up with Vernon Bush to win the fourth with Lindyhop ($5.00). In the eighth race, he sent out Cruises Creek ($9.60) with Taylor Hole in the irons to complete his trifecta.

THREE WINS FOR TAYLOR HOLE ON WEDNESDAY

Jockey Taylor Hole hit a hat trick on Wednesday at Suffolk Downs with three winners on the ten-race card.

Hole kicked off his three-win day in the third race with a front-running score aboard My Diamond Gal ($5.20) for Tom McCooey, Jr. He then teamed up with David Jacobson to take the fourth race with Mrs. Bean ($6.60) and the featured eighth race with Alpaca Fina ($11.80).

Hole is currently third in the jockey standings with 30 victories, three behind Dyn Panell and eleven from David Amiss.

DYN PANELL WINS THREE ON MONDAY

Dyn Panell dominated Monday's seven-race card at Suffolk Downs with three winners on the day.

Panell kicked off his hat trick in the opener with a well-timed ride aboard Joanie's Gem ($4.00) for George Brown. He teamed up with William Sienkewicz for a front-running score with Think Tank ($5.80) in the fifth race. In the sixth race, he guided Frank Bertolino's homebred Vinny's Wildcat ($4.60) to a three-length score as the favorite in the featured race for John Rigattieri.

Panell is currently second in the jockey standings with 34 victories, seven behind leading rider David Amiss.

DREAMED A DREAM WINS THE $25,000 FIRST EPISODE STAKES

Dreamed a Dream made a bold late rally to catch the front-running favorite Doublicious and win the $25,000 First Episode Stakes for the second consecutive year, completing a mile and seventy yards in 1:45 4/5.

Doublicious, the 1-5 favorite and a multiple local stakes winner, broke sharply and set the early pace. Dreamed a Dream launched her move from off the pace and ran down the front runner in deep stretch before drawing off comfortably by 6 3/4 lengths to earn the fifth stakes win of her career.

"She had speed to run at today and it really set up for her," said jockey James Vail. "She ran her race and she ran really big."

Bred by trainer Robert Raymond, the five-year-old daughter of Agnes Gold (JPN) returned $15.00, 3.80 and 2.60. Doublicious paid $2.20 and 2.10 while Shelly's Cider returned $2.40.

TWO IN A ROW FOR PROFESSOR PALMER

Professor Palmer made every call a winning one to take Saturday's featured race, completing about a mile and seventy yards in 1:43 4/5 over a firm turf course.

Trainer by William Sienkewicz and ridden by Dyn Panell, the six-year-old gelded son of Mr. Livingston broke sharply and opened up an open lead. He rolled on the front end and had enough left to hold off a late rally from Smarter Still and Perfect Joiski to earn his second consecutive victory by 1 3/4 lengths.

Professor Palmer returned $10.80, 6.20 and 3.60. Smarter Still paid $7.40 and 4.80 while Perfect Joiski returned $2.40.

SWEET SHIRLEY MAE WINS WEDNESDAY'’S FEATURE

Wesley Ward sent out Sweet Shirley Mae, third in the 2012 Breeders' Cup Juvenile Sprint, to win Wednesday's featured allowance race at Suffolk Downs.

Ridden by Edgard Zayas, the four- year-old daughter of Broken Vow broke alertly and rated well off the front-running Clara Lives Strong. She began to make her move approaching the turn and accelerated sharply in the middle of the track to out kick a fast-closing Darn Proud and prevail by 1 3/4 lengths, completing about seven and a half furlongs in 1:35 1/5.

As a juvenile, she was second in the Grade 1 Spinaway Stakes before finishing third in the Breeder' Cup Juvenile Sprint. Owned by Ice Wine Stable, she improved her record to two wins from fifteen starts.

Sweet Shirley Mae returned $3.20, 2.60 and 2.60. Clara Lives Strong paid $4.60 and 4.20 while Darn Proud paid $4.40.

VICTOR LASZLO WINS THIRD STRAIGHT LAST DANCE STAKES

Patricia Moseley's Victor Laszlo rolled to a dominant victory in the $25,000 Last Dance Stakes on Saturday at Suffolk Downs, winning the race for the third consecutive year.

Trained by George Saccardo with regular rider Tammi Piermarini in the irons, the six-year-old homebred son of Victory Gallop settled out of the gate and rated behind the front-running Grady. He set sights on that rival approaching the far turn and dueled briefly before putting him away and drawing off to win by 12 1/2 lengths, completing a mile and seventy yards in 1:43.

"I want to thank Mrs. Moseley, George Saccardo and everyone involved in his everyday care," said Piermarini, a recent inductee into the New England Hall of Fame. "He is just a really nice horse. I'm just the pilot, he has cruise control. We finished really strong to hopefully set him up for his next race against open company."

Victor Laszlo, champion New England-bred in 2013, returned $2.80, 2.80 and 2.10. I'm Kwik paid 6.20 and 4.60 while Thepresidentallion returned $14.00.

OLYMPIST NAMED NEW ENGLAND HORSE OF THE YEAR FOR 2013

Olympist, New England's champion older male in 2013, was named the recipient of the 2013 James B. Moseley Horse of the Year Award by the New England Turf Writers Association at its 72nd Annual Awards Dinner held at the Danversport Yacht Club in Danvers, MA.

Owned in partnership by Gary Snoonian and Marshall Mack and trained by Jay Bernardini, Olympist dominated the second half of the season at Suffolk Downs in 2013 with three consecutive victories over top competition, most notably with a pair of game victories over fellow New England champion Victor Laszlo.

Other divisional winners honored at the awards dinner were:

2-year-old filly – Blessed Time
2-year-old male – Duty Proper
3-year-old filly – Secret Return
Robert M. O’Malley Memorial Award – 3-year-old – How Convenient
Older female – Wildcat Appeal
James R. Bishop Memorial Award - Older male – Olympist
Joseph E. Carney Memorial Award – Turf male – Pefect Joiski
Turf female – Lapantalones Fance
Sprinter – How Convenient
Cliff Sundberg Memorial Award - New England-bred – Victor Laszlo
Special Achievement – Kevin McCarthy, Chaotic Bull, Glowing Promise
Eli Chiat Memorial Award – Outstanding Jockey – Tammi Piermarini
Gerry Sullivan Memorial Award – Outstanding Trainer – John Rigattieri
Lou Smith Memorial Award – Yearly Achievement – Kathy Ritvo
Sam McCracken Memorial Award – Lifetime Achievement – Dr. Richard Sheehan, Jr. D.V.M.

The New England Turf Writers Association also inducted its Hall of Fame Class of 2014 which consisted of jockey Tammi Piermarini, owner and breeder Arthur Cort, racehorse Charlie Boy, former Suffolk Downs president Bayard Tuckerman, Jr. and longtime publicist and historian Robert Temple. A plaque bearing the names of all of the inductees is on permanent display at the Sports Museum located in the TD Banknorth Garden.

PROFESSOR PALMER WINS THE MONDAY FEATURE

Professor Palmer controlled the pace to hold off a late charge from Perfect Joiski to win Monday's featured race, completing about seven and a half furlongs on the turf in 1:33 4/5.

Trained by William Sienkewicz and ridden by Dyn Panell, the six-year-old son of Mr. Livingston broke well and contested the early pace before assuming the lead and opening up a clear advantage. He controlled the pace and drew off in the stretch to prevail by 1 ½ lengths to earn his first local victory and sixth of his career.

Professor Palmer returned $12.00, 6.80 and 4.60. New England champion Perfect Joiski paid $3.60 and 2.80 while Commersant returned $8.80.

DOUBLICIOUS WINS THE $25,000 ISADORABLE STAKES

Doublicious gave trainer Alison Hassig the first stakes win of her career with an right length romp in the $25,000 Isadorable Stakes, completing six furlongs in 1:12. Ridden by David Amiss, the four-year-old daughter of Double Honor assumed the lead early and rolled comfortably through fractions of :22 2/5, :45 3/5 and :58 1/5 before drawing off authoritatively to earn the second stakes win of her three race career.

"I was just the passenger," said David Amiss. "Alison did a great job getting this filly ready for this race and it is easy when you are on the best horse."

Doublicious returned $3.00, 2.80 and 2.20. Shelly's Cider paid $6.80 and 4.80 while Pink Present returned $7.40.

RATION ALL OUT IN HIS LOCAL DEBUT

Ration made his local debut a winning one with a well-timed move from off the pace under jockey Roimes Chirinos. He defeated a star studded field including three New England champions and completed six furlongs in 1:10 4/5.

Trained by Tom McCooey, Jr. and owned by Gregory Carlevale, the four-year-old gelded son of Arch sat well off the pace-setting Casey Key before launching a bid turning for home. At that point champion Chaotic Bull had pulled away on the rail and he caught the favorite and prevailed by a neck, holding off a late charge from Azicharmyou.

Bred in Kentucky by Claiborne Farm, Ration returned $30.60, 12.80 and 5.20. Azicharmyou paid $8.40 and 4.60 while Chaotic Bull paid $2.20.

VICTOR LASZLO WINS THE $25,000 RISE JIM STAKES

Victor Laszlo earned the third stakes victory of his career with a 1 1/4 length score in the $25,000 Rise Jim Stakes, completing six furlongs in 1:12 1/5 over a fast track.

Trained by by George Saccardo and ridden by Tammi Piermarini, the six-year-old gelded son of Victory Gallop briefly contested the pace with the front running Worth the Worry before putting away that rival and drawing away comfortably with enough left to hold off Bobby J's Rush.

"George just did such a good job with this horse," said Piermarini. "He got a prep into him and had him fit and the rest was easy, I just had to get him around."

Bred and owned by Patricia Moseley, Victor Laszlo is the reigning champion New England-bred. He returned $2.60, 2.10 and 2.10 while Bobby J's Rush paid $3.40 and 3.40. Longshot I'm Kwik returned $8.20.

GARY WALES WINS THREE ON WEDNESDAY

Jockey Gary Wales hit a trifecta on Wednesday's nine race card with three winners on the day.

Wales kicked off his winning day with a win aboard the favored Majestic Train ($4.60) in the fourth race for James Douthall. He teamed up with John Rigattieri to win the sixth race with BL's Wagon ($3.00) for owner and breeder Frank Bertolino's Monarch Stables. He capped off the day in the seventh race with New Tecnology ($7.40) in the seventh race for Arthur Duffy, Jr. Duffy also sent out Adobe Springs to win the opener with James Vail.

Wales is currently tied for fourth in the jockey standings with sixteen wins.

Also on Wednesday, jockey Vernon Bush piloted home the 3,200th winner of his career in the featured eighth race when Let’s Run ($10.20) won on the turf for trainer John Botty and owner Tanma Corporation.

DAVID AMISS WINS THREE ON SATURDAY

Jockey David Amiss extended his lead in the race for leading rider with three winners on Saturday's nine race card at Suffolk Downs.

Amiss kicked off his day in the opener with a victory aboard Dot Those Eyes ($2.40) for Jay Bernardini. He teamed up with the leading trainer again in the fourth race with Torcello ($5.20). In the fifth race, he guided My Valentino ($12.60) to a front-running score for trainer Michael Meese.

Amiss currently tops the jockey standings with 31 victories for the season.

Also on Saturday, former New England champion Hold on Smokey returned in style with a game victory over Liberty St. Outlaw on the turf.

Sent off at 1-2, the nine-year-old gelding made every call a winning one and completed about five furlongs in :58 3/5 under Augusto Marin for Joyce Kielty.

MY TEE TIME BREAKS TRACK RECORD ON MONDAY

My Tee Time remained perfect locally with a front-running victory on Monday at Suffolk Downs, defeating a quality field of six rivals by eleven lengths and shattering the track record to complete five and a half furlongs in 1:03 2/5.

Trained by Kevin McCarthy and ridden by Frank Reyes, the five-year-old daughter of El Nino broke sharply and assumed the early lead. She rolled comfortably through demanding fractions of :22 1/5, :45 1/5 and :57 before drawing away authoritatively at the top of the stretch.

It was the second consecutive victory for the mare since coming to Suffolk for the partnership of Robert Beaudoin, Dan Hallahan and Joseph Hallahan.

My Tee Time returned $3.80, 2.60 and 2.20. Kitty City paid $3.40 and 3.00 and Mimi's Sugar returned $6.40.

JORGE VARGAS, JR. WINS THREE ON MONDAY

Apprentice jockey Jorge Vargas, Jr. dominated Monday's seven race card with three winners on the day.

Vargas kicked off his day by sweeping the early double with Concert Dell ($11.80) in the opener for Donna Kutt and Delycius Lady ($21.80) for Alison Hassig in the second. He capped off his triple with a strong late rally from Visigodo ($5.80) in the fifth race for Leandro Moreno.

Vargas, the son of New England veteran rider Jorge Vargas, has nine wins so far this season and is riding in his second year at Suffolk Downs after earning his first career victory locally last year.

DUTY PROPER BACK ON TOP IN SATURDAY'S FEATURE

Duty Proper, New England's champion juvenile in 2013, earned his first victory of the year with a five length score in Saturday's featured allowance race, completing six furlongs in 1:11 2/5.

Ridden by James Vail and trained by Bobby Raymond for owner Touchdown Stables, the three-year-old son of Exclusive Quality broke sharply, briefly contested the pace before taking the lead and drawing off with enough left to hold off Bellamy Storm.

Duty Proper returned $9.40, 4.00 and 3.60. Bellamy Storm paid $3.20 and 3.00 while Amaicing Gerry returned $2.60.

PERFECT JOISKI RETURNS IN STYLE ON WEDNESDAY

Perfect Joiski made his first start of the season a winning one with a half-length triumph in Wednesday's featured turf race, completing about a mile and seventy yards in 1:45 over a good turf course.

Ridden by Roimes Chirinos and trained by Kevin McCarthy for Jimikevin, LLC., the six-year-old son of Perfect Soul settled off of the front-running Professor Palmer before making his move approaching the turn and launching a bold rally in the middle of the track before drawing even with his rival and powering past to earn his eighth career victory.

A two-time New England champion turf horse, Perfect Joiski returned $6.00, 3.40 and 2.40. Professor Palmer paid $4.20 and 2.80 while Rock in Bage (BRZ) returned $2.80.

CHRISTOPHE CLEMENT SENDS SIMPLE LOVE TO WIN MONDAY'S FEATURE

Two days after saddling Tonalist to win the Belmont Stakes, Christophe Clement sent Simple Love to win her first United States start in Monday's featured turf allowance race at Suffolk Downs, completing about a mile in 1:42 4/5 over a firm turf course.

Ridden by Tammi Piermarini for owner Moyglare Stud Farm, LTD., the three-year-old daughter of Proud Citizen broke alertly and settled off of the pace before launching her bid around the turn and seizing command at the top of the stretch. She drew off comfortably with enough left to hold off Souparion by 2 ¼ lengths.

Simple Love returned $3.60, 2.60 an 2.10. Souparion paid $3.20 and 2.60 while Emily's Spirit returned 2.80.

DAVID AMISS WINS THREE ON BELMONT STAKES DAY

Jockey David Amiss extended his lead in the race for leading rider with three winners on Saturday’s nine-race card before an enthusiastic crowd on hand to watch the Belmont Stakes.

Amiss started his trifecta a maiden win aboard Desert Ruler ($2.80) in the third race for trainer Alison Hassig. He teamed up with Jay Bernardini to win the fourth race with Play ($5.40) and guided Slinger ($9.00) to an allowance victory in the seventh for trainer Wayne Marcoux.

Amiss currently tops the jockey standings with 21 victories for the season.

AZICHARMYOU PREVAILS ON MONDAY

Azicharmyou wore down a resolute Casey Key to prevail by a neck in the shadow of the wire, completing six furlongs in 1:11 2/5 to take Monday's featured race.

Trained by Jay Bernardini and ridden to victory by David Amiss for Tonicki Stables, LLC, the right-year-old son of Flatter was making his first start of the year. Casey Key broke sharply and went straight to the lead, rolling through demanding fractions of :22 3/5, :45 4/5 and :58 2/5 before battling gamely with Azicharmyou.

Azicharmyou returned $6.00, 4.00 and 2.40. Casey Key paid $5.00 and 3.00 while the favored Master of Humor returned $2.10.

BL'S WAGON WINS THE MEMORIAL DAY FEATURE

BL's Wagon led every step of the way to win Monday's Memorial Day feature, completing the mile starter allowance in 1:41 3/5.

Trained by John Rigattieri and ridden to victory by Gary Wales for Frank Bertolino's Monarch Stables, the four-year-old daughter of BL's Appeal broke sharply and took command early. She drew off comfortably to earn her second consecutive local victory after winning her seasonal debut by 24 lengths on May 12.

BL's Wagon returned $3.20 and 2.10 while Holiday Candy paid $3.40. There was no show wagering.

MY TEE TIME SCORES ON WEDNESDAY

My Tee Time made her local debut a winning one with a 8 3/4 length score in Monday's featured allowance race, completing five and a half furlongs in 1:04 1/5.

Trained by Kevin McCarthy and ridden to victory by Joe Buchanan, the five-year-old daughter of El Niño rated behind the front running favorite Talent N Passion before drawing even with her rival and pulling away to win authoritatively. It was the second win of the day for the jockey and trainer combination who also teamed up with B E Boston Strong ($4.80) in the third race.

Owned in partnership by Robert Beaudoin, Dan Hallahan and Joseph Hallahan, My Tee Time returned $6.80, 2.80 and 2.80. Talent N Passion paid $2.40 and 2.10 while Live the Forth returned $3.80.

GALAXY KAT ROMPS IN THE PREAKNESS DAY FEATURE AT SUFFOLK DOWNS

Galaxy Kat earned his first victory of the season with an 8 1/2 length score in Saturday's featured race, completing five and a half furlongs in 1:04 4/5 before an enthusiastic crowd on hand for the Preakness Stakes.

After breaking sharply and contesting the early lead with Classic Speed, the six-year-old son of Empire Maker away that rival and drew off comfortably under jockey Ivan Sabol. It was the sixth victory of his career.

Trained by Mark Savastano, Galaxy Kat returned $16.00, 6.80 and 3.40. Black Belt paid $4.20 and 2.60 while Classic Speed returned $2.40.

SUNNY FOREST SHINES ON WEDNESDAY

Sunny Forest rallied to take Wednesday's featured allowance/optional claiming race, completing the 5 1/2 furlongs in 1:07 1/5.

Ridden by apprentice Jorge Vargas, Jr., the son of Suffolk Downs veteran rider Jorge Vargas, the six-year-old mare rated off the front running Mizz Martha and after getting shuffled to last made a bold rally up the middle of the track to prevail by 1 1/2 lengths for owner and trainer Joseph Minieri.

Sunny Forest returned $12.20, 4.40 and 2.20. Lindyhop paid $3.20 and 2.10 while Kitty City returned $2.10.

MR. ROESSINK WINS MONDAY'S FEATURE

Mr. Roessink delivered as the favorite for the red hot Jay Bernardini barn in Monday's featured allowance race, winning by 3/4 of a length completing a mile in 1:42.

After Ward Three Art G broke sharply and opened up an expansive lead, David Amiss and Mr. Roessink bided their time in second and closed the gap, drawing even with that rival at the top of the stretch and pulling away with enough left to hold off a furious late charge from Ant Hill and Taylor Hole.

Mr. Roessink returned $2.60, 2.10 and 2.10 while Ant Hill paid $3.40 and 3.00. The Iron Furnace returned $3.60.

JAY BERNARDINI AND DAVID AMISS HIT A HAT TRICK

The combination of trainer Jay Bernardini and David Amiss continued their dominance with three winners on Saturday's nine-race card.

Bernardini and Amiss kicked off their triple with a win in the opener with Odlum ($4.20). In the seventh race, Charles River Racing's Peter's Creek ($3.60) prevailed in a hard fought stretch duel to earn his thirteenth career victory. The pair swept the late double in the ninth and final race with a maiden win with Play ($8.40).

Bernardini tops the trainer standings with eight wins on the season and David Amiss is currently leading the race for leading jockey with six victories.

LINDYHOP WINS WEDNESDAY'S FEATURE

Lindyhop and David Amiss rolled to a 3 3/4 length victory in Wednesday's allowance race, completing five furlongs in 1:00 3/5

After an awkward beginning, the five-year-old daughter of Rockport Harbor quickly rallied for position and began to make her move, drawing away from the front runners and holding off a late rally from the heavily favored Guyana Star to earn her second local and sixth career victory.

It was the second victory of the day for the Bernardini barn who also sent out Stormin Margaret ($6.80) to win the fourth with apprentice Chelsey Keiser aboard.

Lindyhop returned $7.60, 2.80 and 2.80. Guyana Star paid $2.80 and 2.40 while La Condesa returned $4.80.

JAY BERNARDINI SADDLES THREE WINNERS ON OPENING DAY AT SUFFOLK DOWNS

Trainer Jay Bernardini got his 2014 season at Suffolk Downs off to a sharp start with three-wins on the nine race card before an enthusiastic crowd of 14,612 on hand to celebrate the Kentucky Derby. The crowd was the largest in attendance since 2009. The total wagering on the Suffolk Downs live card was $441,507 and track officials estimated the total on-site handle would be in excess of $1.5 million.

"The combination of Opening Day, the Kentucky Derby and Wicked Strong with all of the local rooting interest really helped us create a spectacular day," said Suffolk Downs COO Chip Tuttle. "It was the biggest crowd we have had in five years."

Bernardini, a resident of Lynn, got his day started in the second race when Thisonesforruthie ($9.60) rolled to an 81/2 front-running victory under jockey Erik Barbaran. In the sixth race, Bernardini teamed up with longtime Suffolk Downs rider David Amiss to win with Summer of Summers ($5.80) and the pair wheeled back in the seventh to score with Funky Country ($6.40).

Also on the card, Glowing Promise ($9.40) earned his seventeenth local victory for owner and trainer John Nassi. The eight-year-old son of Straight Man led every step of the way and held off a game charge from the favored Classic Speed. It was the second win of the day for veteran jockey Vernon Bush who also won the opener aboard Chasing Greg ($13.00).

After the seventh race, the Suffolk Downs jockeys and horsemen and women gathered in the winner’s circle for a presentation to the Revere Fire Department in a show of gratitude for their efforts to extinguish a fire in the track kitchen area on Tuesday.

Suffolk Downs continued to honor individuals and groups who have made a positive impact in the local community through their "Community Winner's Circle" program.

Today, the track recognized the Beachmont Improvement Committee, the East Boston YMCA, CAPIC, Inc., Girls, Inc. and the Krystle Campbell Memorial Scholarship Fund for outstanding contributions to the local community.

After Opening Day, racing will be conducted on Wednesday and Saturday the first week, then Monday, Wednesday and Saturday (Preakness Stakes Day) the following week. Beginning Monday, May 19, four-day race weeks (Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Saturday) will be scheduled until the conclusion of the meet. Following Opening Day, regular first post time will be 12:45 p.m.

SUFFOLK DOWNS' 2014 LIVE RACING SEASON TO BEGIN SATURDAY, MAY 3

The 2014 live racing season at Suffolk Downs will begin on Saturday, May 3, the same day as the 140th Kentucky Derby, the track announced today.

In addition to live racing, the track will host its fifth annual "Boston's Biggest and Best Kentucky Derby Party" with wagering on the Kentucky Derby simulcast and an outdoor party on the Grandstand apron featuring music, family fun activities and a variety of food and beverage options. Fans onsite will be able to enter to win a $1,000 wager on the Kentucky Derby.

While excited for the start of the new season, track officials expressed concern that this may be the last call for racing at the 79-year-old track pending the outcome of the award later this year of gaming licenses in Massachusetts.

"The start of the live race meet here always brings with it a sense of optimism and renewal, although this year that is tempered with concern for our workforce and the future here," said Chip Tuttle, Suffolk Downs' Chief Operating Officer. "Our plan is to invest in racing, create a better experience for customers and horsemen, bring back special events and return racing here to the major league stature this market deserves."

"We believe that Mohegan Sun has an approach for resort-style gaming here that is far better for the Commonwealth than its competitor's and that Mohegan Sun's success has the added advantage of preserving 800 jobs and a longstanding tradition here while enhancing the state's agricultural resources and saving family farms and small businesses."

The last remaining Thoroughbred racing venue in New England, Suffolk Downs has committed to continue racing for at least another 15 years if Mohegan Sun earns a license and develops a resort casino on a portion of the Suffolk Downs property in Revere. The track's owners unveiled a $40 million racing improvement plan in the fall.

A study last year conducted by Christiansen Capital Advisors and Salem State University’s Center for Economic Development and Sustainability estimated that Thoroughbred racing in Massachusetts generates $116 million in economic activity and supports 1,486 jobs, many in the state’s struggling agricultural sector. The study projected both economic impact and jobs would grow significantly and that the amount of farmland in the state dedicated to breeding would more than double if the track were to realize benefits of expanded gaming similar to other racing states. While the Mohegan Sun operation in Revere would be a separate entity from Suffolk Downs, the track's owners have committed to investing proceeds from Suffolk Downs ground lease into the racing operation.

Suffolk Downs has struggled to attract horses for the last several years as daily purse levels have remained stagnant compared to other racing jurisdictions on the east coast where purse growth has been fueled by revenue from expanded gaming.

Suffolk Downs is starting its racing season one month sooner than last year in an effort to accommodate as many racing days as possible before there is a decision by the Massachusetts Gaming Commission on the award of a Category 1 gaming license in eastern Massachusetts. Suffolk Downs and the New England HBPA have an agreement that live racing will be conducted through at least September 1.

Post time for Opening Day is 2:15 p.m.

After Opening Day, racing will be conducted on Wednesday and Saturday the first week, then Monday, Wednesday and Saturday (Preakness Stakes Day) the following week. Beginning Monday, May 19, four-day race weeks (Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Saturday) will be scheduled until the conclusion of the meet. Following Opening Day, regular first post time will be 12:45 p.m.

The stable area opened on Sunday, March 23 and training is underway.

Suffolk Downs Commits to Continuing Racing in Letter to Massachusetts Gaming Commission

Gaming license for Mohegan Sun would preserve racing jobs at Suffolk Downs, create additional jobs in thoroughbred industry and expand breeding, related agribusiness and farm space statewide

(January 9, 2014) - Suffolk Downs is committed to continuing racing through at least the initial 15-year duration of Mohegan Sun Massachusetts's gaming license should Mohegan Sun Massachusetts earn a Category 1 license and develop and open a gaming facility on the Suffolk Downs property in Revere, the historic racetrack expressed this week in a letter to the Massachusetts Gaming Commission.

The continuation of racing at Suffolk Downs would secure the jobs of the approximately 1,000 people who currently work on the property at the height of the racing season and preserve and enhance the livelihoods of the hundreds of people whose small businesses depend on the racing operation at Suffolk Downs and the unique agribusiness that supports thousands of acres of working open space and family farms in the Commonwealth.

"We take very seriously our role as the stewards of a 79-year tradition in the Commonwealth and our responsibility to our loyal workforce and horsemen. We have worked hard and invested much over the last several years to ensure the legacy of New England's last active Thoroughbred racing venue and to protect the family of workers who make their living here," said Richard Fields, principal owner of Suffolk Downs.

A successful gaming operation on the property adjacent to the racing facility would provide the opportunity for Suffolk Downs to market and promote racing to millions of new visitors to the region. Suffolk Downs is committed to creating special events and re-establishing a stakes program that includes the Massachusetts Handicap, the historic racetrack's flagship event which dates back to the track's inaugural season in 1935 and includes victories by racing legends Seabiscuit, Whirlaway and Cigar.

Thoroughbred racing, breeding and related business in Massachusetts currently support 1,486 jobs, utilize 6,650 acres of farmland, and have a total annual economic impact of $116.3 million according to an October report authored by Christiansen Capital Advisors (CCA) that includes data gathered by Salem State University's Center for Economic Development and Sustainability and that was commissioned by Suffolk Downs in cooperation with the New England HBPA and the Massachusetts Thoroughbred Breeders Association.

The CCA report was conducted with the assumption that Suffolk Downs was an applicant for a gaming license. It concluded that with the development of a resort casino on the property, the number of jobs supported by the Thoroughbred industry in Massachusetts is expected to grow from 1,486 to 3,631 as a result the projected expansion of the Massachusetts breeding industry and the net positive impact of the Thoroughbred industry in the state will increase from $116.3 million annually to $183 million - a 57 percent climb. The expansion of existing breeding farms and the establishment of new breeding farms due to the significant purse incentives for horses bred in Massachusetts could result in as many as 7,825 additional acres of agricultural land in the Commonwealth, a 118 percent increase from the current 6,650 acres of farmland.

The commitment to continue racing at Suffolk Downs is provided that the current revenue formulas for the Racehorse Development Fund remain unchanged. Created in the Gaming Act in recognition of the need for additional funding for purses, the Racehorse Development Fund could grow purses from their current levels of approximately $9 million annually to about $26 million over the next five to six years, according to projections by both Suffolk Downs and CCA.

"While no direct revenue from the Racehorse Development Fund goes to track owners or operators and there are no provisions in the Gaming Act for capital investment in racing facilities that are not part of gaming establishments, the revenue that Suffolk Downs will receive as a result of its lease with Mohegan Sun Massachusetts will allow the track, in turn, to make the substantial investment required to fulfill our longstanding commitment and give racing its best chance to succeed in the Commonwealth," said Tuttle.

"When revenue from gaming proceeds is flowing to the Racehorse Development fund, Suffolk Downs is committed to working with the Gaming Commission, the NEHBPA and the MTBA on ensuring a minimum number of racing days and racing performances to support local owners, trainers and breeders while balancing their goals with the realities of the market and the interests of bettors."

If Mohegan Sun Massachusetts earns a gaming license, Suffolk Downs has committed to the NEHBPA and MTBA that it will use its best efforts to relocate the barn area and backstretch facilities to the Boston side of the property, which will require the cooperation and necessary permitting from the City of Boston, and, if it is not successful in obtaining permits to allow the relocation in Boston, that Suffolk Downs will provide off-site stabling and training facilities within a reasonable distance of the venue.

Suffolk Downs has done a preliminary analysis of both options, either of which is expected to require initial capital investments of $30-35 million. This includes adequate stabling, EPA-compliant drainage systems and related "backstretch" facilities. Off-site stabling and training is a customary practice in other jurisdictions.

Independent of their investment in gaming development, Suffolk Downs has invested over $50 million on racing operations since 2007 to continue racing, including more than $5 million in improvements to the barn area. Additionally, during that time frame, Suffolk Downs has paid $68.7 million in purses, including $13.96 million in purse payments above the levels required by statute.

PIERMARINI, RIGATTIERI, MONARCH STABLES TOP STANDINGS AGAIN

A trio of New England stalwarts topped the 2013 standings as jockey Tammi Piermarini, trainer John Rigattieri and owner Monarch Stables once again took home year-end honors at Suffolk Downs as the track concluded its live racing season on Saturday, November 2.

Piermarini amassed 101 wins during the 80-day meet to capture her fourth straight riding title and the fifth of her career at Suffolk Downs. The 46-year-old mother of three won with 24% of her mounts for earnings of $1.1 million. Dyn Panell was second with 77 wins. With 2,293 victories, Piermarini is third on the list of all-time winningest female jockeys, trailing only Julie Krone and Rosemary Homeister.

Rigattieri continued his reign atop the trainer standings, earning his tenth consecutive title at the East Boston oval. Rigattieri saddled 57 winners from 199 starters (29%). Bill Sienkewicz was second with 41 wins.

Frank Bertolino's Monarch Stables earned its third consecutive leading owner title with 31 trips to the winner's circle. Touchdown Stable was second with 17 wins.

CHAOTIC BULL PREVAILS ON MONDAY; JACQUELINE DAVIS AND JAMES VAIL EACH WIN THREE

Chaotic Bull showed his heart on Monday at Suffolk Downs with a hard-fought victory on the front end, completing a mile and seventh yards in 1:44 2/5.

Trained by William Spathanas and ridden to victory by Jacqueline Davis for her third win of the day, the five-year-old son of Holy Bull broke sharply and hooked up with the Last Laugh Now. Those two battled out front until Chaotic Bull edged away and held off the late charge of Master of Humor and Olympist to prevail by half a length.

Davis began her hat trick in the third race with My Nicky ($8.00) for Kevin Clark and also guided Wildcat Honey ($4.60) to win the sixth for James Douthall.

James Vail also piloted home three winners on Monday.

Vail kicked off his trifecta in the second race aboard the Brenda McCarthy trained Gimmeadrink ($3.80). He teamed up with Charles Assimakopoulous to take the fourth race with Symphonic Hero ($7.80) and finished his day with a win in the ninth race aboard Moon Scamper ($8.00) for George Brown.

PETE WINS $30,000 NORMAN HALL STAKES; TAMMI PIERMARINI HITS 100

The New England Stallion Station's homebred Pete delivered as the even-money favorite to break his maiden in the $30,000 Norman Hall Stakes on Saturday, October 26 at Suffolk Downs, completing six furlongs in 1:15.

Trained by Wayne Marcoux and ridden to victory by Jacqueline Davis, the juvenile gelded son of Lightning N Thunder broke sharply and briefly contested the lead before drawing off handily to win by 6 1/2 lengths.

"He came into this race really well," said Davis. "But even though he is so big, he's really a girl's horse. He needs to be handled with kid gloves. We are a great combination."

Pete, a half brother to 2009 Norman Hall Stakes winner Never Know, returned $4.00, 2.40 and 2.10. Simply Mas paid $2.40 and 2.60 while Sweet C Rockett returned $3.80.

Also on the card, jockey Tammi Piermarini celebrated a milestone win on Saturday, October 26 at Suffolk Downs when she notched her 100th win of the season on the 78th day of racing.

Piermarini won her first race of the day aboard the Robert Raymond-trained To It and From It ($15.20) in the sixth race. She teamed up with William Sienkewicz for the milestone win in the eighth race with Oxford Street ($6.80).

"I just want to thank everyone. The owners, trainers, grooms, the racing office, everyone. Getting here has been a team effort," said Piermarini. "If you had asked me two weeks ago, I wasn't sure I was going to make it to 100."

Piermarini is en route to her fourth consecutive and fifth overall leading rider title. She currently ranks as the third all-time winningest female jockey in history.

Suffolk Downs Unveils Racing Improvement Plan for its Gaming Resort

Plan includes improvements to clubhouse, grandstand, outdoor viewing areas, barn area and racing surfaces

October 24 - Clubhouse and grandstand renovations, state-of-the-art technology, enhancements to outdoor viewing areas, construction of new dormitories and additional upgrades to the barn area, and new racing surfaces are all part of Suffolk Downs' $40 million racing improvement plan unveiled today at Indian Rock Stables, a Thoroughbred breeding farm located in Saugus, MA. The racing improvement plan is part of its overall proposal to develop a $1 billion world-class resort at the historic 78-year-old racetrack.

"We have been steadfast in our commitment to Thoroughbred racing and this plan illustrates the broad range of racing-related improvements that will greatly enhance the experience of our customers while also appealing to our horsemen and women who work and compete here," said Richard Fields, principal owner of Suffolk Downs, the lone remaining Thoroughbred racetrack in New England.

The existing clubhouse and grandstand, including the current dining areas, will be modernized to create an enhanced consumer experience for both live racing and simulcasting. The clubhouse, grandstand and upgraded box seating areas will all offer spectators prime views of the racetrack. The simulcast viewing areas of the clubhouse will be redesigned and feature the latest audio/visual and wagering technologies. The facility will also include a dedicated horsemen's lounge for owners and trainers.

Technological improvements will include the replacement of the existing infield toteboard, installation of a jumbo-sized outdoor television screen, an upgraded sound system and a computerized global positioning system to chart race results.

In addition to some of the technological improvements, the outdoor racing experience will be enhanced with an expanded grass picnic area, amphitheater seating and upgrades to the paddock and winner’s circle.

"If we are successful in earning a gaming license, we will be looking to schedule more special events and enhance our racing program with the return of the Massachusetts Handicap and an open stakes program and these improvements to our facility would allow us to do so in a way that would best serve our customers and our horsemen and women," said Chip Tuttle, Chief Operating Officer of Suffolk Downs.

Improvements to the barn area include new dormitories, a new track kitchen and recreation hall and new bathrooms and showers. Renovations to existing barns will include the replacement of roofs and sprinkler systems and upgraded water service. The plan features the resurfacing of the one-mile main track and installation of a new turf course, along with the replacement of rails and improved grading and drainage for both courses.

"We are very excited about this improvement plan and the many benefits it will provide for our members," said Anthony Spadea, President of the New England Horsemen's Benevolent and Protective Association. "We are pleased that Suffolk Downs has included us in their discussions and incorporated our feedback in developing their plan."

Thoroughbred Industry in Massachusetts to Get Boost with Thousands of Jobs, Agri-Business Growth, Farm Acreage Expansion, Increased Purses

More than 2,000 new Thoroughbred equine industry jobs will be generated in Massachusetts and the net positive impact of the Thoroughbred industry in the state will increase from $116.3 million to $183 million - a 57 percent climb - should Suffolk Downs earn a resort casino license, according to a report released today by Christiansen Capital Advisors, LLC, which includes data gathered by Salem State University's Center for Economic Development and Sustainability.

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ACADIAN CONNECTION GETS THREE IN A ROW ON MONDAY

Acadian Connection remained undefeated at Suffolk Downs with a two-length score to take Monday's featured allowance race, completing a mile and seventy yards in 1:46 3/5.

Trained by John Rigattieri and ridden to victory by Dyn Panell, the three- year-old gelded son of Purge carried the colors of Frank Bertolino's Monarch Stables to the winner's circle for the third straight time in front running fashion. He broke sharply, secured the lead and kept longshot rival He Ain't Bluffing at bay to hold on for the win.

Acadian Connection returned. $2.80, 2.60 and 2.20. He Ain't Bluffing resolutely held on for second and paid. $9.00 and 5.60 while Dontbothermenow returned $3.00.

It was the second of three wins on the day for Panell who teamed up with William Sienkewicz to win the fourth race with Quad's Double ($14.80) and the eighth and final race with Daddy’s Man ($6.00)

WILDCAT APPEAL TOO FAST ON SATURDAY

Wildcat Appeal made every call a winning one and earned her third consecutive victory at Suffolk Downs on October 19, defeating a star studded field and completing six furlongs in 1:12.

Trained by John Rigattieri and to victory by Dyn Panell, the four-year-old daughter of Wildcat Heir briefly contested the pace with Offlee Crafty before putting that rival away and drawing off convincingly by 5 ¼ lengths.

Wildcat Appeal returned $2.80, 2.20 and 2.10. Secret Return rallied for second and paid $4.00 and 3.40 while Arbelle returned $8.80.

It was the second win of the day for Panell who also guided former New England champion Dadsfourwheeldrive ($8.60) to victory on the turf for Elizabeth Lezell.

ERIK BARBARAN WINS THREE ON WEDNESDAY

Jockey Erik Barbaran piloted home three winners on Wednesday's nine-race-card at Suffolk Downs on October 16.

Barbaran started his hat trick in the fourth race with an upset victory aboard the Carol Skawinski-trained Don't Lock Me Out ($27.80). He then guided Lusesita to a win for Ramon Davilla Aguayo ($11.40) and teamed up with Skawinkski again to sweep the late double with Bop Bop a Do Wop ($16.00)

Barbaran currently has ten wins for the season.

KATIE MANCINI-WALES SADDLES FIRST WINNER

Trainer Katie Mancini-Wales saddled her first winner on Tuesday, October 15 when Thereisgoldahead won an allowance race on the turf under her husband, jockey Gary Wales.

Thereisgoldahead, a five-year-old daughter of Touch Gold, rated off the front-runners and drew off comfortably to win by 6 1/2 lengths, completing about a mile and seventh yards in 1:45 2/5.

Thereisgoldahead returned $8.00, 4.40 and 2.80. Damn Straight paid $3.80 and 2.60 while Faceineveryflower returned $3.20.

PERFECT JOISKI WINS IN SHOWDOWN OF CHAMPIONS ON MONDAY

Perfect Joiski held off a late rally from Chaotic Bull in Monday's featured turf race, completing about one mile in 1:41 1/5.

Trained by Kevin McCarthy and ridden to victory by Joe Buchanan, the reigning New England champion turf horse rated off the front-running Viola George before drawing even with that rival and putting him away with enough left to hold off a determined late rally from champion sprinter Chaotic Bull to prevail by 2 1/2 lengths.

Perfect Joiski returned. $14.60, 3.60 and 3.60. Chaotic Bull paid $2.60 and 2.40 while Viola George returned $5.40.

WORTH THE WORRY WINS THE $30,000 JOHN KIRBY STAKES

Worth the Worry prevailed in a hard fought stretch duel to win the $30,000 John Kirby Stakes on October 12 and completed the mile and seventy yard contest in 1:46.

Trained by Wayne Marcoux and ridden to victory by David Amiss, the three-year-old son of Hook and Ladder broke a beat slowly and rated off the front-running Grady before engaging that rival and pulling away resiliently to win by one length. The paid were 9 1/2 lengths clear of the rest of the field.

"We were trying to figure out if he would go long," said Amiss. "Fortunately for me, he rated. He fought gamely in the stretch."

After the race, both trainer and jockey were quick to credit eachother with the success of this gelding.

"Wayne has done an amazing job with him," said Amiss. "I get on him every single day. We spend a lot of time standing, just letting him watch during training."

Worth the Worry now has two wins from three starts for owner Shade Tree Farm.

Worth the Worry returned $12.00, 4.40 and 3.20. Grady paid $3.00 and 2.40 while the filly Shelly's Cider returned $4.00

AUGUSTO MARIN WINS FOUR ON WEDNESDAY

Augusto Marin piloted home four winners on Wednesday's nine- race-card at Suffolk Downs on October 9.

Marin began his stellar day in the opener with a victory aboard the Massachusetts-bred Thepresidentallion ($5.80) for M.C. Reardon. He teamed up with Jose Camejo to win the third race with Fitz'N to Go ($4.20) and won the sixth race with Marciannie ($6.80) for trainer Kathleen Dandy. In the ninth race, he again teamed up with Reardon for a maiden win with Lord’s Image ($4.40)

Marin currently has nineteen wins for the season

SUFFOLK DOWNS EARNS RE-ACCREDITATION FROM NTRA SAFETY AND INTEGRITY ALLIANCE

Numerous Best Practices Identified at Boston-Area Track

The National Thoroughbred Racing Association (NTRA) today announced that Suffolk Downs in East Boston, Mass., has earned re-accreditation from the NTRA Safety and Integrity Alliance. The re-accreditation followed a complete review of all racing operations at the facility. Suffolk Downs received its initial Alliance accreditation in 2011. All accreditations and re-accreditations carry an effective period of two years.

During the latest Alliance inspection of Suffolk Downs, best practices were identified in most of the primary areas of focus for the Alliance, including several that represented significant improvements from the initial inspection in 2011.

"Suffolk Downs has continued to make significant strides in its commitment to protecting horses and participants," said Mike Ziegler, Executive Director of the NTRA Safety and Integrity Alliance. "With extensive cooperation from the Massachusetts Gaming Commission, the state's new horse racing regulatory body, and its Director of Racing, Dr. Jennifer Durenberger, Suffolk Downs has developed into an exemplar of what we aspire to across the industry."

Best Practices Cited

Safety and Integrity Alliance inspectors judge racetracks in six key areas: Injury Reporting and Prevention; Safety Equipment and a Safer Racing Environment; Medication and Testing; Health and Safety of Riders; Aftercare of Retired Racehorses; and Wagering Security.

In the area of injury reporting and prevention, best practices identified included required post-mortem veterinary examinations for all on-track fatalities and the enforcement efforts involved with the Veterinarians' List for horse unfit to compete, where all horses working to be removed from the list have blood testing conducted for all substances - with penalties for bad tests being the same as a post-race sample.

In areas intended to create a safer racing environment, best practices cited at Suffolk Downs included substance abuse treatment and addiction treatment, along with testing of licensees. The Eighth Pole, the on-site substance abuse program, especially stood out for its quality of treatment and services and sustained funding mechanism. Also, all licensees on horseback as well as all assistant starters wear approved safety helmets.

Additionally, Suffolk Downs and the Massachusetts Gaming Commission have written regulatory veterinary protocols and standard operating procedures geared toward maintaining the integrity in its racing product. These include recording the coming and going of all veterinarians at the stable gate, the daily collection of veterinarian administration records, and written manuals provided to practicing veterinarians and trainers.

Regarding the health and safety of jockeys, best practices recognized included full participation in the Jockey Injury Database.

The track also received commendation from the inspection team for its commitment to horse welfare, including one of the nation's strictest anti-slaughter policies and a sustainable fundraising method for retired racehorse adoption. Track executives are directly involved in adopting retired Thoroughbreds that raced at Suffolk Downs and the horsemen commit $20,000 annually to aftercare.

Further, Suffolk Downs exceeded the minimum set of standards in the three areas related to wagering security: Wagering Incident Prevention Protocols, Wagering Incident Investigation Protocols and Wagering Pool Due Diligence.

"We are proud to receive this re-accreditation as it recognizes one of our primary objectives as a racetrack, which is to ensure the safety of the horses that race here, as well as the men and women who ride them and care for them," said Chip Tuttle, Chief Operating Officer of Suffolk Downs. "We thank our employees and horsemen for their efforts in helping us attain this achievement and we commend the Massachusetts Gaming Commission for its ongoing commitment to a safe and fair racing environment."

The re-accreditation of Suffolk Downs was the culmination of a lengthy process that began with the track's completion of a 48-page written application and continued as Suffolk hosted several meetings with Alliance officials. The on-site review included inspections of all facets of the racing facility, with special attention paid to areas that were newly added to the Alliance's Code of Standards in 2012 and 2013. Such areas containing new or more stringent requirements include the establishment of an injury review committee; starting-gate-removal protocols; recording and storage of racing surface data; regulatory veterinarian protocols and procedures; and post parade/starting gate scratch protocols. Interviews were also conducted with track executives, racetrack personnel, jockeys, owners, trainers, stewards and fans. The inspection team was comprised of Ron Jensen, DVM, former equine medical director for the California Horse Racing Board; Jim Gates, consultant and former general manager of Churchill Downs; Mike Kilpack, security and integrity consultant and past chairman of the Organization of Racetrack Investigators (ORI); and Ziegler.

Suffolk Downs is one of 24 racing facilities currently fully accredited by the Alliance. Others are Aqueduct Racetrack, Arlington Park, Betfair Hollywood Park, Calder Casino and Race Course, Canterbury Park, Churchill Downs, Del Mar Thoroughbred Club, Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots, Fairplex Park, Finger Lakes Casino and Racetrack, Golden Gate Fields, Gulfstream Park, Keeneland, Kentucky Downs, Laurel Park, Monmouth Park, Pimlico Race Course, Santa Anita Park, Saratoga Race Course, Suffolk Downs, Sunland Park, Turfway Park and Woodbine.

The Alliance, formed in October 2008 with the goal of establishing national uniform standards in the areas of safety and integrity, includes 55 racetracks in North America and every major national horsemen's organization. Alliance certification standards cover six broad areas: injury reporting and prevention; creating a safer racing environment; aftercare and transition of retired racehorses; uniform medication, testing and penalties; safety research; and wagering security. Within those six categories, specific standards focus on areas including:

Systematic reporting of equine injuries
Aftercare of racehorses
Pre- and post-race veterinary examinations
Post-mortem examinations
Health and safety of jockeys
Riding crops and their use
Horse shoes and hoof care
Safety research
Safety equipment for jockeys and horse handlers
Exogenous Anabolic Steroids
Alkalinizing agents (TCO2)
On-track emergency medical care for humans and equines
Out-of-competition testing
Freezing and retrospective testing of post-race samples
Continuing education
Security assessment and training
Totalizator technology and "stop wagering" protocols
Wagering incident investigation

JEAN CLAUDE MEDINA WINS THREE ON SATURDAY

Jean Claude Medina won three races on the nine-race card at Suffolk Downs on Saturday, October 5.

Medina kicked off his hat trick in the second race aboard Track Magnet ($10.60) for Richard Shelansky. In the third race, he guided the longshot Lapantalones Fance ($23.60) to a front-running victory on the turf for trainer Deborah Thomas and capped off his day with a win aboard the veteran Ambuscads ($19.80 ) for Mary Ann Fruzzetti.

Medina is currently tied for seventh in the jockey standings with 26 victories.

BOBBY J'S RUSH DEBUTS IN STYLE ON WEDNESDAY

Bobby J's Rush made his career debut a winning one with a 9 1/4 length score in Wednesday's seventh race to complete five and a half furlongs in 1:07 1/5.

Trained by William Sienkewicz and for Black Rushin Farm, the two-year-old Massachusetts-bred son of Lycius rated off the front-running Yasou Christo before launching his bid and drawing off confidently under Luis Garcia.

Bobby J's Rush returned $18.40, 7.40 and 4.80. Proud Patriot paid $5.20 and 3.60 while Pete returned $3.60.

HOW CONVENIENT WINS MONDAY'S FEATURE

How Convenient rallied from off the pace to pull the minor upset in Monday's featured race on September 30, completing six furlongs in 1:10 3/5.

Trained by John Rigattieri and ridden to victory by Gary Wales, the three-year-old son of Noble Causeway settled off the pace and made his move turning for home to earn his fourth win of the year by 1 3/4 lengths.

How Convenient returned $14.40, 7.40 and 3.20. Chi Chi's Pride, also trained by Rigattieri, paid $9.00 and 4.00 while Classic Speed returned $3.20.

GLOWING PROMISE SHINES ON SATURDAY

Glowing Promise rolled to his fourth victory of the year on Saturday at Suffolk Downs, winning by 1 1/4 lengths and stopping the clock in 1:11 2/5 for six furlongs in his trademark front-running fashion.

Ridden to victory by Jill Jellison for owner and trainer John Nassi, the seven-year-old son of Straight Man broke alertly and went to the front under pressure from Galaxy Kat. He maintained his advantage and held off a rally from that rival to earn his sixteenth win from 59 starts.

Glowing Promise returned $7.20, 2.80 and 3.60. Galaxy Kat paid $4.40 and 3.20 while Crafty Peace returned $3.20.

TAMMI PIERMARINI AND MIKE CATALANO, JR WIN THREE ON WEDNESDAY

Jockey Tammi Piermarini teamed up with trainer Michael Catalano, Jr. to win three races on Wednesday's nine-race card at Suffolk Downs on September 25.

The pair began their hat trick in the second race with Heza Fox ($5.00). They quickly followed that up in the third race with a narrow victory on the grass with Zajal ($4.60) and capped off their day in the fifth race with Gracious Gracie ($4.00).

Piermarini currently tops the jockey standings with 83 wins and is in pursuit of her fifth meet title. Catalano is enjoying a successful season and has 15 wins from 29 starters.

DAVID AMISS WINS THREE ON MONDAY

David Amiss hit a triple on Monday, September 23 with three winners in the nine-race card.

Amiss began his hat trick in the opener with a maiden victory aboard Sweet Jaleena ($7.20) for Jay Bernardini. He teamed up with William Downing to take the sixth race with the front-running Special Song ($3.20)'and followed that up in the seventh race with a win on Unabiding Citizen ($7.00) for Jonathan Stodghill.

ROODE DUDE WINS THE $30,000 AFRICAN PRINCE STAKES

Adel Salim's homebred three-year-old Roode Dude earned the first stakes victory of his career with a 3 1/4 length triumph in the $30,000 African Prince Stakes, completing six furlongs in 1:10 over a field of ten state-bred rivals.

Ridden to victory by Jacqueline Davis, the sophomore son of former New England Horse of the Year De Roode broke alertly and rated just off the front-running Worth the Worry before drawing accelerating alongside of him and briefly battling for the lead before drawing off for the win.

"He's just such a cool horse," said Davis. "He's really maturing and developing into a serious racehorse. He just dragged me to the front and that was it."

Roode Dude returned $4.00, 2.60 and 2.20. Worth the Worry paid $7.80 and 4.40 while Grady returned $2 40

DAVID AMISS, JAY BERNARDINI EACH WIN THREE TUESDAY

David Amiss and Jay Bernardini dominated Tuesday 's nine-race-card each with three winners on the afternoon.

Amiss and Bernardini began their hat tricks in the second race with a win aboard the favored A Fleet Spirit ($3.00). Amiss followed that up in the fifth with a front- running score with Amazing Dixie ($5.80) for trainer Alison Hassig and teamed up again with Bernardini to take the sixth race with Olympist ($11.40).

Bernardini completed his trifecta in the eighth race with a well-timed ride by Tammi Piermarini to take the turf allowance race with Queen of England ($7.00).

Amiss is currently fifth in the jockey standings with 31 victories while Bernardini is second in the race for leading trainer with 32 wins.

CLASSIC SPEED ON TOP MONDAY; JOHN RIGATTIERI AND DYN PANELL WIN THREE

Classic Speed cemented himself as one of the top horses on the grounds with a 2 1/4 length triumph in Monday's featured race, completing six furlongs in 1:11 1/5.

Trained by Jay Bernardini and ridden to victory by Tammi Piermarini, the six-year-old son of Wekiva Springs broke sharply and hooked up with multiple local stakes winner Silk Spinner early and those two dueled early before Classic Speed put away that rival and drew off to earn his eleventh career victory.

Classic Speed returned $7.60, 4.00 and 2.40. Newton Crescent rallied for second and paid $4.00 3.60 while How Convenient returned $3.60.

Also on the card, the jockey and trainer combination of Dyn Panell and John Rigattieri teamed up for three wins on the nine-race-card.

They began their winning day on the second race with a maiden win for Frank Bertolino's Monarch Stables with Acadian Connection ($2.20). In the third race, they won with Sun Dance Moon ($6.60), owned in partnership by Manfred Roos and John Rigattieri. In the eighth race, the Monarch colors were again in the winner's circle after Star Destiny ($) delivered as the favorite.

TAMMI PIERMARINI WINS FOUR ON SATURDAY

Jockey Tammi Piermarini extended her lead in the jockey standings with a dominant four-win day on Saturday's ten-race-card on September 14.

Piermarini kicked off her day in the fourth race with a win aboard the Tim Salisbury-trained Fortheloveof Anna ($8.60). She teamed up with trainer Elizabeth Lezell to take the sixth race with Drayton Hall ($5.20) and won the seventh race for Mike Catalano, Jr. with Yodelin Moon ($3.40). In the tenth and final race, she guided Quad’s Double ($9.60) to the win for trainer William Sienkewicz.

Piermarini currently tops the jockey standing with 76 victories and is in pursuit of her fifth meet title.

LIL NATE'S DATE TAKES WEDNESDAY'S FEATURE

Lil Nate's Date sat off the pace and pounced to earn her second consecutive victory in Wednesday's featured turf race, completing about one mile in 1:41 4/5.

Ridden by Jill Jellison and trained by Robert Raymond, the Touchdown Stables homebred rated off the front -running longshot Miss Tricky Me and began her rally approaching the turn for home. She drew even with her rival in mid stretch and drew off to win by 1 1/4 lengths. It was the second winner of the day for Raymond and Touchdown Stables who also sent out Kathysay'schaseme ($11.20) to victory in the fifth with James Vail aboard.

Lil Nate's Date, a four-year-old daughter of Imperialism, returned $6.60, 3.60 and 3.80. The Alan Lockhart trained entry of Prized Dream and Grand Bahama closed for second and third and paid $4.80 and 3.60.

DOUBLICIOUS WINS THE $30,000 LOUISE KIMBALL STAKES

Doublicious made her career debut a winning one with a three- length triumph in the $30,000 Louise Kimball Stakes, completing six furlongs in 1:13 over a field of five state-bred rivals.

Ridden to victory by David Amiss and trained by Anthony Ryan, the three-year-old daughter of Double Honor broke alertly and briefly contested the pace with Shelly's Cider before putting away that rival and drawing off under light urging.

"She broke well and once she made the lead we were all set," said Amiss. "The credit really goes to Tony Ryan, all of his patience really paid off."

Doublicious returned $3.60, 2.10 and 2.10. Shelly's Cider paid $2.20 and 2.20 while Moon Scamper returned $3.20.

IT TAKES HEART ALL HEART ON WEDNESDAY

It Takes Heart and James Vail drew off to a 2 1/2 length victory in Wednesday's featured allowance race on September 4, completing a mile and seventy yards in 1:45 over a fast track.

Trained by Bobby Raymond, the four-year-old son of Put it Back broke sharply and engaged early with Ozilda's Last Son and those two drew clear of the rest of the field in their stretch duel. It Takes Heart pulled away in mid-stretch and held off a game re-rally from Ozilda's Last Son to earn his fourth career win.

It Takes Heart returned $3.60, 2.40 and 2.10. Ozilda's Last Son paid $2.20 and 2.10 while Keyhole returned $3.60.

NUESTRA SENOR PREVAILS ON TUESDAY

Nuestra Senor prevailed after a hard fought stretch duel to take Tuesday's featured allowance race by a neck, completing six furlongs in 1:11 3/5 for Frank Bertolino's Monarch Stables.

Nuestra Senor settled off the front- running Mangrove Pond before making his move turning for home and battling with the pace setter into deep stretch and holding off a late charge from Roode Dude. Trained by John Rigattieri and ridden to victory by Dyn Panell, the three-year-old son of Leroidesanimaux earned his second consecutive local victory.

Nuestra Señor returned $21.40, 8.60 and 5.20. Roode Dude closed for second and paid $5.20 and 4.80 while Mangrove Pond returned $8.20.

EIGHT CITY TOUR WINS SATURDAY'S FEATURE

Eight City Tour survived an objection to take Saturday's featured race over an accomplished field of seven rivals, completing six furlongs in 1:11.

Tomorrow's Wildcat broke alertly and contested the early lead, rolling through demanding fractions of :22, :44 4/5 and :57 3/5 and battled on gamely in the stretch with Classic Speed while Eight City Tour squeezed through between rivals and prevailed by 2 ¼ lengths.

Trained by Tom McCooey, Jr. and ridden by Erik Barbaran, the three-year-old son of City Zip earned his third career victory. He is a half brother to multiple New England champion Beijing House.

Eight City Tour returned $36.60, 16.80 and 7.00. Classic Speed paid $5.60 and 3.80 while Tomorrow's Wildcat returned $2.20.

WILDCAT APPEAL WINS ON WEDNESDAY

Wildcat Appeal and Dyn Panell rolled through the fog to win Wednesday's featured allowance race by seven lengths, completing six furlongs in 1:12 2/5.

> Trained by John Rigattieri for Frank Bertolino's Monarch Stables, the four-year-old daughter of Wildcat Heir broke sharply and controlled the lead to earn her third career victory from six starts.

Wildcat Appeal returned $3.60, 2.20 and 2.10. Annelle paid $2.80 and 2.10 while Political Diva returned $2.80.

DE ROODE SIRES FIRST WINNER; JACQUELINE DAVIS WINS FOUR

De Roode, New England's Horse of the Year in 2007, was represented by his first winner as a stallion when Roode Dude earned his maiden victory on Monday, August 26 at Suffolk Downs.

Ridden to victory by Jacqueline Davis, the home-bred three-year-old gelding for trainer Adel Salim relaxed off the pace and drew off comfortably to make his fifth start a winning one.

Roode Dude returned $4.20, 3.00 and 2.10.

De Roode, who in addition to the title of Horse of the Year in 2007 also took home champion older male honors that year. The stakes-places son of Dixieland Band stands at stud at Adel Salim's Salim in Norton, Massachusetts.

Roode Dude is out of Salim's Double Negative mare Make the Double and is a half brother to 2012 Rise Jim Stakes winner Silk Spinner.

The win was the second of four on the day for Davis. She also won the opener for Brenda McCarthy aboard Chapel's Beauty ($2.60) then teamed up with Michael Collins with Coolyourpipes ($12.80) in the seventh and with trainer Ron Potts to win the eighth aboard Gray Storm A'Comin ($8.00).

DREAMED A DREAM WINS THE $50,000 FIRST EPISODE STAKES

Dreamed a Dream earned the fourth stakes win of her career with a 2 3/4 length triumph in Saturday's $50,000 First Episode Stakes on August 24.

Ridden by Jill Jellison for trainer Robert Raymond, the four-year-old daughter of Agnes Gold settled back off of the pace before making her move approaching the turn for home and hitting the lead at the top of the stretch. She hooked up with a resilient Tally's Sundance and the pair battled briefly before Dreamed a Dream dug in and pulled away, completed the mile and seventy yards in 1:48.

"She ran super," said Jellison. "It was a very deep track and she was laboring, but when I asked her I had horse and she ran her race."

Dreamed a Dream returned $4.60, 2.40 and 2.10 while Tally's Sundance paid $3.00 and 2.20. Southoftheborder, winner of the 2011 and 2012 installments of the First Episode, finished third and returned $2.20.

Also on Saturday, Tammi Piermarini extended her lead in the jockey standings with three wins on the day.

Piermarini made her first trip to the winner's circle aboard Mr. Roessink ($3.20) for trainer Jay Bernardini in the third. She followed that up with a maiden win on the turf in the fourth for David Jacobson with Without Regard ($3.80) and swept the early Pick Three with the heavily favored Yodelin Moon ($2.40)for Mike Catalano, Jr.

Piermarini, a four-time leading rider at the East Boston oval, currently tops the standings with 63 victories.

"FRANKIE" RULES ON WEDNESDAY

Frankie Rules and Dyn Panell prevailed by a nose to take Wednesday's featured turf race and complete about seven and a half furlongs in 1:35 3/5.

Trained by John Rigattieri for Frank Bertolino's Monarch Stables, the four-year- old son of Roman Ruler seized command turning for home and battled down to the wire with a resilient Danly's Dream and had enough left to hold off a fast-closing Step Brother to earn his fifth career victory.

Frankie Rules returned $6.80, 3.40 and 5.00. Step Brother paid $4.80 and 6.80 while Mint Maker returned $10.60.

It was the second victory of the day for Rigattieri, Panell and Monarch Stables who also won the opener with Princess Appeal ($2.80)

JOHN RIGATTIERI AND DYN PANELL TEAM UP FOR THREE

The trainer and jockey combination of John Rigattieri and Dyn Panell dominated Tuesday's nine- race- card on August 20 with three wins for the day.

The pair got off to a winning start in the third race with Kaiser's D'Light ($4.20) on the turf. They followed that up with a front-running score with the Massachusetts-bred Fonzy ($5.20) and swept the early Pick Three in the fifth race with How Convenient ($3.20). The early Pick Three returned $23.20.

Rigattieri tops the trainer standings with 26 victories while Panell is second in the jockey standings with 32 wins.

LIL NATE'S DATE TURNS THE TABLES ON SATURDAY

Lil Nate's Date stalked the pace and rallied to win Saturday's featured turf race on August 17, completing the distance of about one mile in 1:40 4/5 and turning the tables on rival Who is Lady who narrowly defeated her last time out.

Trained by Robert Raymond and ridden by Jill Jellison, the Touchdown Stable homebred daughter of Imperialism sat off the front-running Who is Lady and made her move turning for home to win by a length and earn her fifth career victory.

Lil Nate's Date returned $5.80, 3.80 and 2.60. Who is Lady paid $3.00 and 2.20 while Gray Storm A'Comin returned $5.20.

TOUGH MARKET TOO TOUGH ON WEDNESDAY

Tough Market rallied from off the pace to wear down the front-running Annelle and prevail by a neck in Wednesday's featured allowance race, completing six furlongs in 1:13 over a fast track.

Trained by Maureen Ann Maroun and ridden to victory by Dyn Panell for his second win on the eight-race card, the five-year-old daughter of Suave earned the fourth win of her career and made her first trip to the winner's circle since 2011.

Tough Market returned $6.40, 3.40 and 2.60. Annelle held on for second and paid $4.60 and 4.00 while Lindyhop returned $2.80.

NEWTON CRESCENT WINS ON MONDAY

Newton Crescent earned his second consecutive victory with a strong rally from off the pace to take Monday's featured race and complete six furlongs in 1:11 2/5.

Ridden by Joe Buchanan and trained by Kevin McCarthy, the four-year-old son of Flower Alley settled off the pace before making his move turning for home and coming up the rail to prevail by 2 1/4 lengths.

Newton Crescent returned $27.00, 8.20 and 3.60. Classic Speed paid $3.80 and 2.40 while Singing My Way returned $2.40.

It was the second win of the day for the McCarthy/Buchanan tandem who also won the third race with B E Boston Strong ($8.00).

VICTOR LASZLO REPEATS IN THE $50,000 LAST DANCE STAKES

Victor Laszlo successfully defended his title in the $50,000 Last Dance Stakes on Saturday, August 10 with an 8 1/2 length romp, completing a mile and seventy yards in 1:44 2/5. He had won the 2012 installment by 8 3/4 lengths.

Trained by George Saccardo and ridden to victory by Tammi Piermarini for owner Patricia Moseley, the five- year-old son on Victory Gallop broke sharply and settled just off of the pace setting Silk Spinner before seizing command turning for home and drawing away confidently.

"It was just a repeat of last year," said Piermarini. "Elias Peltroche and I just went nice and easy, two-minute licking around to see who was best at the end. It was a great training job by George Saccardo and a great job by his help. Me? I was just the pilot."

Victor Laszlo returned $2.60, 2.10 and 2.10. Silk Spinner, winner of the Rise Jim Stakes, paid $3.80 and 2.60 while the mare Tally's Sundance returned $2.20.

AUGUST 3 HANDICAPPING TOURNAMENT YIELDS THREE NHC QUALIFIERS

Ronald Kennelly of Somerville, MA finished first and earned the top cash prize in the handicapping tournament held Saturday, August 3 at Suffolk Downs, while James Timinck of Raynham, Stephen Rocco of Saugus and Burt Shapiro of Malden qualified for the 15th annual Daily Racing Form/NTRA National Handicapping Championship.

Kennelly finished with a total hypothetical bankroll of $237.70, besting Juan Lovett of Salem, NH ($215.50) by $22.20. Timinck finished third overall with a bankroll of $182.50.

Rocco ($144.90) and Shapiro ($141.70) finished eighth and ninth, respectively, but as the second and third highest-placed NHC Tour members in the tournament, both earned berths in the National Championship to be held January 24-26, 2014 at Treasure Island Las Vegas.

The free tournament drew 186 participants from 11 states and Canada. Participants were required to place hypothetical $2 win and place wagers on one horse in each of 15 pre-selected races from Suffolk Downs, Del Mar, Monmouth and Saratoga. All selections had to be submitted prior to the first race of the tournament and there was no cap on prices.

Cash prizes were awarded to the top 10 finishers:

NAME, RESIDENCE - BANKROLL
1. Ronald Kennelly, Somerville, MA - $237.70
2. Juan Lovett, Salem, NH - $215.50
3. James Timinck*, Raynham, MA - $182.50
4. Ronald Moore, East Boston, MA - $181.90
5. Jason Perlmutter, Brighton, MA - $178.10
6. Barton Spaniak, Quincy, MA - $161.70
7. Joseph Fortunato, Revere, MA - $154.20
8. Stephen Rocco*, Saugus, MA - $144.90
9. Burt Shapiro*, Malden, MA - $141.70
10. Earle Giggey*, Amesbury, MA - $139.10

*NHC Tour member

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ZAI JIAN SCORES ON TUESDAY; JACQUELINE DAVIS WINS THREE

Zai Jian prevailed by a head in a hard-fought stretch duel to win Tuesday's featured allowance race on August 6, completing about a mile and seventy yards in 1:45 1/5 over a firm turf course.

Ridden by Jacqueline Davis, the five-year-old daughter of Johar sat off the pace and made her late rally up the rail to engage the front-running Valley of Avoca and battled down to the wire to earn her first win of the year. It was the second win of the day for Collins and Davis who teamed up to win the sixth race with Act One Scene One ($18.00). Davis also swept the late double aboard Technical Express ($8.40) to complete her hat trick on the day.

Zai Jian returned $12.60, 4.00 and 3.00. Valley of Avoca paid $3.00 and 2.40 while Queen of England returned $2.20.

LAST TO FIRST FOR TOP THE PODIUM ON MONDAY

Top the Podium circled the field under a well-timed ride by Taylor Hole to take Monday's featured allowance race on August 5 and complete six furlongs in 1:12 1/5.

Trained by Elizabeth Lezell, the five-year-old gelded son of Medaglia d'Oro settled in last before unleashing his rally up the middle of the track turning for home to catch the front- running How Convenient and draw off by 1 ¼ lengths. It was his first win of the year and fifth of his career.

Top the Podium returned $8.80, 4.20 and 2.60. How Convenient paid $3.00 and 2.40 while Justforgetaboutit returned $3.00.

NAVY NURSE WINS THE $50,000 ISADORABLE STAKES

Navy Nurse earned the first stakes win of her career with a 4 1/4 length triumph in the $50,000 Isadorable Stakes on Saturday, August 3, completing six furlongs in 1:12 4/5.

Trained by George Saccardo and owned and bred by Patricia Moseley, the five-year-old daughter of Service Stripe broke sharply and briefly contested the early lead before pulling away and opening up under jockey Tammi Piermarini and ultimately holding off a late charge from stakes winner Dreamed a Dream.

"She's a very nice filly," said Piermarini. "She has matured a lot. George and his help did a great job schooling her and teaching her to relax and it has paid off on raceday. She is a much better horse this year."

Navy Nurse returned $4.80, 3.20 and 2.10. Dreamed a Dream paid $3.40 and 2.40 while Tally's Sundance returned $2.40.

TAMMI PIERMARINI WINS FOUR ON TUESDAY

After a four-win day on Saturday, jockey Tammi Piermarini's dominance continued on Tuesday with another four wins on the nine-race card on July 30 at Suffolk Downs.

Piermarini began her day with a win aboard the heavily favored Sunshine Lady ($2.20) in the opener for New England Hall of Fame trainer Edward "Ned" Allard. She teamed up with William Siekewicz to take the third race with Tempesta Tempo ($5.80) and guided Gimmeonemore ($5.20) to victory in the sixth for Brenda McCarthy. In the eighth race, she earned her fourth win of the afternoon with AJ's Hot Mambo ($5.40) for trainer Michael Catalano, Jr.

Piermarini, currently en route to her fifth leading rider title, currently tops the jockey standings with 43 victories.

TAMMI PIERMARINI RULES ON SATURDAY

Jockey Tammi Piermarini extended her commanding lead in the race for leading rider with four wins on Saturday's nine race card at Suffolk Downs on July 27.

Piermarini began the day with a win aboard Volant Jamie ($6.00) in the opener for Michael Gorham. She teamed up with M.C. Reardon to sweep the early double aboard Boracay Wonder ($14.20) and earned her third straight victory of the day with Classic Speed ($2.80) for trainer Jay Bernardini. She was back in the winner's circle after she guided the filly Run for Cecila ($7.40) to a maiden win in the seventh for trainer William Sienkewicz.

Piermarini, currently in pursuit of her fifth meet title, currently tops the standings with 39 victories.

MISTER DIXIE DOMINATES ON WEDNESDAY

Mister Dixie earned his fourth win of the season with a 15 1/4 length romp in Wednesday's featured allowance race, completing a mile and seventy yards in 1:44 4/5.

Trained by William Sienkewicz and ridden by Tammi Piermarini, the five-year-old son of Dixieland Band broke alertly and contested the early lead before drawing off comfortably to earn the sixth victory of his career.

Mister Dixie returned $3.00, 2.60 and 2.20. Nacho Earl paid $6.40 and 4.40 while Bridle Way Bay returned $3.60.

DYN PANELL HITS A TRIPLE ON MONDAY

Jockey Dyn Panell dominated Monday's eight race card with three victories on the day.

Panell started his winning day on the turf in the third race aboard Who the Lady ($5.60) for Michael Miceli. He swept the early pick three with victories on the William Sienkewicz trained Once With Energy ($3.40) in the fourth and with Last Laugh Now ($4.40) in the fifth for John Rigattieri.

Panel is currently tied for second in the jockey standings with Gary Wales, each with 19 victories.

SILK SPINNER LIGHTS UP THE TOTEBOARD IN THE $50,000 RISE JIM STAKES

Adel Salim's Silk Spinner pulled the upset in the $50,000 Rise Jim Stakes on Saturday, July 20 to earn the third stakes victory of his career.

Ridden to victory by Elias Peltroche, the five-year-old home bred son of Silk Broker broke sharply and contested the lead before digging in resolutely in the stretch to hold off the favored Victor Laszlo by a half a length.

"He ran great," said Peltroche. "He wouldn't let the other horse by. Thank God for this opportunity."

Silk Spinner returned $131.60, 38.60 and 18.60. Victor Laszlo paid $2.40 and 2.10 while the filly Dreamed a Dream returned 6.00.

SCORPION STRIKE NAMED NEW ENGLAND HORSE OF THE YEAR FOR 2012

Scorpion Strike, New England's champion older male in 2012, was named the recipient of the 2012 James B. Moseley Horse of the Year Award by the New England Turf Writers Association at its 71st Annual Awards Dinner held Thursday, July 18 at the Danversport Yacht Club in Danvers, MA.

Owned and trained by John Rigattieri, Scorpion Strike established himself as one of the best horses on the grounds with a stunning triumph on July 7 with a 14 ½ length romp. The bay gelding remained undefeated from three more starts for the season, including a 15-length tour de force on August 28. In his final start of the meet, he showed his tenacity with a hard-fought victory over a quality field on September 8.

Other divisional winners honored at the awards dinner were:

2-year-old filly - Raven's Tune
2-year-old male - Dreaming of Jazz
3-year-old filly - Straighttotheheart
Robert M. O'Malley Memorial Award - 3-year-old male - Scaramagna
Older female - Surely Irish
James R. Bishop Memorial Award - Older male - Scorpion Strike
Turf female - PJs Lil Toni
Joseph E. Carney Memorial Award - Turf male - Perfect Joiski
Sprinter - Chaotic Bull
Cliff Sundberg Memorial Award - New England-bred - Southoftheborder
Special Achievement – David Amiss, Jill Jellison, Charles River Racing and Swampy Town
Eli Chiat Memorial Award - Outstanding Jockey - Tammi Piermarini
Gerry Sullivan Memorial Award - Outstanding Trainer -Jay Bernardini
Bob Varey Memorial Award - Media - Larry Collmus
Lou Smith Memorial Award - Yearly Achievement - John Botty
Sam McCracken Memorial Award - Lifetime Achievement - Chaplain Lee Alphen

The New England Turf Writers Association also inducted its Hall of Fame Class of 2013, which consists of trainer Timothy Hills, jockey Leroy Moyers, owner and breeder Lloyd Lockhart, longtime Suffolk Downs publicity director Bob Varey and multiple New England champion Ask Queenie. A plaque bearing the names of all of the inductees is displayed at the Sports Museum located in the TD Garden.

JOCKEY JORDANO TUNON WINS FOUR ON WEDNESDAY

Jockey Jordano Tunon dominated Wednesday's ten-race card at Suffolk Downs on Wednesday, July 17 with four victories on the afternoon.

Tunon began his winning day in the second race aboard Reba's Fancy ($5.60) for trainer Arthur Duffy, Jr. He followed that up in the third race with Holiday Candy ($5.40) for Louis DePasquale. In the fifth race, he guided Amaicing Gerry ($5.20) to victory for John Pimental and capped off his day in the tenth and final race with the heavily favored Seventyfivespecial ($2.80) for Jay Bernardini.

Tunon is currently sixth in the jockey standings with 15 victories.

TAMMI PIERMARINI WINS FOUR ON MONDAY

Tammi Piermarini extended her lead in the jockey standings with four wins on Monday, July 15 at Suffolk Downs.

Piermarini swept the first three races on the nine-race card and began her day aboard Tomo Night ($5.40) for Janet Seifert. She teamed up with Arthur Duffy, Jr. to sweep the early double with Ault Street ($7.80) and guided Uno Royale ($9.20) to victory on the turf in the third race for Silberio Ramirez. She capped off her day in the seventh race with an allowance victory aboard Navy Nurse ($7.40) for trainer George Saccardo.

Piermarini is currently in pursuit of her fourth consecutive and fifth overall leading rider title currently tops the standings with 32 victories.

NEVA MASQUERADE NEVER IN DOUBT IN SATURDAY'S FEATURE

Neva Masquerade seized command early and never looked back to take Saturday's featured allowance race on the turf, completing about five furlongs in :58 2/5.

Ridden to victory by Vernon Bush and trained by Elizabeth Lezell for Matties Racing Stable, the six-year-old gelded son of Siberian Summer broke sharply and rated behind Appealing Yankee before taking the lead and drawing off comfortably and holding off a late charge from Liberty St. Outlaw by 1 1/4 lengths.

Neva Masquerade returned $5.80, 3.20 and 2.80. Liberty St. Outlaw paid $4.00 and 3.20 while Frankie Rules returned $3.00.

TRAINER WILLIAM SIENKEWICZ DOMINATES WEDNESDAY AT SUFFOLK DOWNS; PIERMARINI WINS THREE

Trainer William Sienkewicz continued his ascent up the trainer standings with three winners on Wednesday's nine-race at Suffolk Downs on July 10 while jockey Tammi Piermarini also enjoyed a three-win day.

Sienkewicz started the day by saddling Ventura Bar ($7.00) to win the third race with Joe Buchanan aboard. He teamed up with Piermarini to win the fifth with Ten Pin Tide ($5.60) and again in the sixth race to cap off his hat trick with AJ Princemambo ($7.20).

Piermarini completed her trifecta in the ninth race aboard Remember This ($6.80) for trainer Larry Mason.

Sienkewicz is currently second in the trainer standings with 12 victories, one behind Jay Bernardini. Piermarini currently tops the jockey standings with 26 victories in pursuit of her fifth leading rider title.

JOCKEY ANDRIA TERRILL IN GOOD CONDITION AT MASS. GENERAL

July 9 - Jockey Andria Terrill is in good condition at Massachusetts General Hospital after being unseated from her mount shortly after the start of the fourth race at Suffolk Downs on Monday, July 8.

Terrill was taken by ambulance to Mass. General where she was admitted and treated. She was kept overnight for observation and continues to be evaluated for head and neck injuries, according to her agent Ed Smith. It is not yet known when she will be released.

Terrill was aboard Chapel's Beauty when the three-year-old filly stumbled out of the gate in the one mile race. As the race continued, Terrill was unconscious on the track just a short distance from the finish. Members of the gate crew surrounded her as an outrider and a pony rider galloped toward the oncoming horses and successfully directed the jockeys to pull up their mounts and steer clear of Terrill. A second outrider corralled Chapel's Beauty, who was unharmed. Emergency personnel tended to Terrill immediately and transported her to Mass. General.

"We wish Andria a full and speedy recovery and we commend the efforts of our outriders, gate crew and emergency personnel on site," said Chip Tuttle, Chief Operating Officer of Suffolk Downs.

The race was declared a no-contest and the purse money was distributed evenly among the six entries in the race.

Terrill is currently second in the Suffolk Downs jockey standings with 18 wins.

SWAMPY TOWN BACK IN THE WINNER'S CIRCLE ON MONDAY

Swampy Town turned the table on his arch rival National Hero to earn his sixteenth career victory on Monday at Suffolk Downs, completing about five furlongs in :58 3/5 on the turf.

Ridden by Dyn Panell, the ten-year- old son of Storm Creek broke sharply and commanded the early lead, leading every step of the way in his trademark front-running style. National Hero, a two-time New England champion turf horse who won their last matchup on June 24 rallied gamely but fell a nose short.

Owned and trained by John Rigattieri, Swampy Town returned $5.00, 2.40 and 2.20. National Hero paid $2.80 and 2.20 while Waywardwillie returned $2.80.

DADSFOURWHEELDRIVE WINS SATURDAY'S FEATURE

Dadsfourwheeldrive returned to the Suffolk Downs winner's circle in style on Saturday with a one-length victory in the featured turf race, finishing the about a mile and a sixteenth distance in 1:47 3/5 over a firm turf course.

Ridden to victory by David Amiss for his second win of the day and trained by Elizabeth Lezell, the eight-year-old son of Raffie's Majesty rated off the pace before making his move and drawing even with the front-running Flying Stone mid-stretch before pulling away to earn his twelfth career victory, eleven of which have come at the East Boston oval.

Dadsfourwheeldrive returned $7.00, 3.80 and 3.00. Flying Stone held on for second and paid $7.20 and 5.40 while Torcello closed for third and returned $5.20.

GOLD STRIKE BEGINS STRIKES GOLD IN WEDNESDAY'S FEATURE

Gold Strike Begins made every call a winning one in Wednesday's featured race on July 3 and completed a mile and seventy yards in 1:42 3/5.

Trained by Miguel Fernandez and ridden to victory by Mario Madrid for his second win of the day, the seven-year-old son of Suave Prospect broke alertly and contested the early lead before drawing away comfortably to win by eight lengths.

Gold Strike Begins returned $21.60, 9.60 and 6.20. Olympist was moved up to second via disqualification and paid $4.20 and 3.00 while Ritmo Criollo returned $4.60.

BERNARDINI FINISHES 1-2 IN MONDAY'S FEATURE

The Jay Bernardini trained pair of Azicharmyou and Classic Speed finished 1-2 in Monday's featured allowance/optional claiming race with Azicharmyou emerging victorious over his stablemate by 3/4 of a length and completing six furlongs in 1:10 4/5.

Classic Speed broke sharply and set the pace while Azicharmyou rated from off the pace before drawing even with his stablemate in mid stretch and dueling to the wire. Ridden to victory by Jordano Tunon, the seven-year-old son of Flatter earned the eleventh win of his career.

Azicharmyou returned $8.60, 4.20 and 4.60. Classic Speed laid $5.20 and $5.60 while Victor Laszlo returned $8.60.

WINONEFORTHEZIPPER ZIPS TO VICTORY ON SATURDAY

Winoneforthezipper rolled to an authoritative 5 1/2 length victory as the favorite in Saturday's featured allowance race on June 29, completing five furlongs in :58 4/5.

Trained by Ron Potts and ridden to front-running victory by Jacqueline Davis, the four-year-old son of Cherokee Run broke sharply and briefly contested the lead before pulling away and drawing off comfortably to earn his first win of the year.

Winoneforthezipper returned $7.00, 4.00 and 3.00. Frankie Rules paid $5.20 and 3.00 while Cockeyed Rooster returned $3.60.

K GIRL'S DREAM REMAINS PERFECT IN BOSTON ON WEDNESDAY; PIERMARINI WINS THREE

K Girl's Dream remained undefeated from three local starts with a 2 1/4 victory as the favorite on Wednesday, June 26, completing the six furlong allowance/optional claiming race in 1:13 3/5.

Trained by William Sienkewicz and ridden to victory by Tammi Piermarini, the four-year-old daughter of West Acre broke sharply and made every call a winning one en route to her third consecutive local win.

K Girl's Dream returned $4.60, 2.80 and 2.10. Sunny Forest paid $2.60 and 2.10 while Tally's Sundance returned $2.20.

The win was the first of three on the day for jockey Tammi Piermarini. She also won the sixth race with Killthemessenger ($4.20) for Michael Catalano, Jr. and teamed up with trainer Michelle Nihei to win the ninth and final race with Zane ($4.20).

Piermarini currently tops the jockey standings with 16 victories.

NATIONAL HERO SCORES ON MONDAY

National Hero made his 2013 debut a winning one with an upset victory on the Suffolk Downs turf on Monday, June 24, completing about five furlongs in :58 3/5.

Trained by John Pimental and ridden to victory by Jordano Tunon for his sixteenth career victory, the eleven-year-old son of El Prado sat off the pace and unleashed his trademark late rally, prevailing by 1 1/2 lengths over Exchange the Limit for Old First Ward Stable.

National Hero, a two time New England champion turf horse, returned $23.80, 6.80 and 4.00. Exchange the Limit paid $3.20 and 3.00 while the favored Neva Masquerade returned $3.40.

EIGHT CITY TOUR TRIUMPHS ON SATURDAY

Eight City Tour made it two in a row in Saturday's featured allowance race with a one length score, completing six furlongs in 1:12 1/5 over a fast track.

Trained by Tom McCooey, Jr and ridden by Jacqueline Davis, the three-year-old son of City Zip broke sharply and contested the lead with How Convenient and Seattle Prospect before putting away those rivals and drawing off in mid-stretch. Owned by Richard Murray and Bernard Spellman, Eight City Tour is a half brother to multiple New England champion Beijing House.

Eight City Tour returned $9.40, 4.80 and 4.00. Seattle Prospect paid $4.60 and 2.60 while How Convenient returned $3.40.

RIO GREY SHINES WEDNESDAY

Rio Grey rolled to a front-running victory in Wednesday's featured allowance race at Suffolk Downs on June 19, winning by 3 1/4 lengths and completing a mile and seventy yards in 1:43 4/5 over a fast track.

Trained by Tom McCooey, Jr. and ridden to victory by Jacqueline Davis, the five-year-old son of Concorde's Tune broke alertly and seized command at the half mile marker before maintaining a comfortable margin and drawing off to earn his first local victory.

Rio Grey returned $6.40, 2.80 and 2.40. Adirondack Express paid $2.10 and 2.10 while Western Strike returned $5.60.

GARY WALES WINS FOUR ON MONDAY

Jockey Gary Wales dominated Monday's nine-race card at Suffolk Downs on June 17 with four victories on the day, sweeping both the early and the late double.

Wales kicked off his day by sweeping the early double with Galaxy Kat ($4.00) for George Saccardo and Take the Candy ($5.00) for Jane Martin. He ended the day by taking the featured eighth race with the favored Field Pass ($3.80) for John Rigattieri and following that up in the second leg of the late double with longshot Mizz Martha ($57.20) for trainer M.C. Reardon.

Wales is currently third in the jockey standings with ten victories.

MIGHTY ONE WINS SATURDAY'S FEATURE

Mighty One set the pace and held on by half a length to earn his first victory of the season in Saturday's featured race on June 15, completing a mile and seventy yards in 1:43 2/5 over a fast track.

Trained and ridden by Jacqueline Falk for owner Christopher Trakas, the four-year-old son of Macho Uno broke sharply and contested the early lead before drawing off and holding off a determined late charge from Olympist.

Mighty One, New England's champion juvenile in 2011, returned $6.20, 5.00 and 2.80. Olympist paid $3.80 and 2.20 while Liberty St. Outlaw returned $2.80.

LINDYHOP UP IN TIME IN WEDNESDAY'S FEATURE

Lindyhop unleashed a sharp late rally to make her local debut a winning one with a 2 1/2 length score in Wednesday's featured race and completing six furlongs in 1:13 4/5.

Ridden by Jacqueline Davis for trainer Jay Bernardini, the four-year-old daughter of Rockport Harbor sat off the pace while the Bernardini-trained Blings Rising Star opened up a commanding early lead. Lindyhop came through a hole at the rail and ran down her front-running stablemate.

Lindyhop returned $5.80, 3.00 and 2.40. Bling's Rising Star paid $2.60 and 2.20 while Dance for Zack returned $3.40.

JAY BERNARDINI AND ANDRIA TERRILL TEAM UP FOR A HAT TRICK ON MONDAY

Trainer Jay Bernardini and jockey Andria Terrill dominated Monday's eight race card at Suffolk Downs on June 10 with three wins for the day.

The pair kicked off their hat trick in the second race with a 2 1/4 length victory with the favored Casual Gab ($4.40). In the fourth race, Silent Whisper ($5.60) went gate to wire for the second win of the day for the jockey and trainer combination of Bernardini and Terrill. They completed their trifecta in the sixth race when the veteran gelding Peter's Creek ($5.60) prevailed by a nose in a thrilling stretch duel.

Terrill currently leads the jockey standings with nine wins while Bernardini is on top of the trainer standings with five victories for the season.

APPRENTICE JOCKEY JANELLE CAMPBELL BREAKS MAIDEN ON SATURDAY

Apprentice jockey Janelle Campbell earned the first victory of her career aboard Primal Humor in the fifth race on Saturday, June 8 at Suffolk Downs before an exuberant crowd on hand for the Belmont Stakes.

Primal Humor, a seven-year- old son of Distorted Humor trained by William Lagorio, settled off the pace before making his move up the rail and drawing off in the stretch, winning by 3 1/4 lengths and completing five and a half furlongs in 1:06 2/5 over a muddy track.

"That was awesome," said Campbell, a 28- year-old Amesbury native. "I'm glad it was with him. I've had a lot of a practice with him. I just want to thank everybody."

Her aunt, local legend Tammi Piermarini, was beaming after the race. "I'm very proud of her. It's a moment she will never forget, "she said. "It's a feeling you wish you could bottle"

Primal Humor returned $54.40, 14.20 and 5.40.

Also on the nine race card, trainer Silberio Ramirez saddled his first starter and first winner Uncle J's Angel ($12.60) broke her maiden in the sixth race.

OPENING DAY INCLUDES ONE FUND PRESENTATION

Female riders dominated the Opening Day card at Suffolk Downs, combining to win five of the nine races before an enthusiastic crowd of 7,377 on hand to celebrate the start of the 2013 live racing season and pay tribute to members of the community who served in the immediate aftermath of the Boston Marathon tragedy.

Andria Terrill began the day with a front running score aboard Gesu ($21.20) for trainer Jay Bernardini. She was back in the winner's circle in the third race after guiding BL's Wagon ($10.00) to a maiden victory for John Bagnera, Jr. Terrill is in her second season at Suffolk Downs after finishing fourth in the standings in 2012.

Tammi Piermarini, who took home leading rider honors for the third consecutive year last season, started the season off strong with a pair winners on the card. She earned her first victory of the season in the second race aboard favorite Broadway Hat ($2.60) for David Jacobson. In the sixth race, she guided Elusive Son ($3.60) to a debut victory for trainer Christophe Clement.

Also on the card, Jacqueline Davis teamed up with Matthew Clarke for a win with This One's For Nina ($14.80). Last year, Davis finished second in the jockey standings.

Between the sixth and seventh races, Suffolk Downs honored members of the City of Boston Police, Fire and Emergency Medical Services Departments and North Metro SWAT, which includes members of the Revere Police Department, as part of its Community Winner's Circle program. The honorees all served in the immediate aftermath of the Marathon bombings.

Suffolk Downs encouraged patrons to contribute to The One Fund Boston, offering them a specially designed "Boston Strong" hat or t-shirt and a track program with a $10 donation to the fund. During the presentation, Suffolk Downs presented a check in the amount of $75,000 to the One Fund.

To begin the day, members of the East Boston High School Jr. ROTC presented the colors for the national anthem, which was performed by bugler Richard Garrick.

Live racing resumes Monday and will be conducted every Monday, Wednesday and Saturday through the first week of July, which will also include a special live card on Thursday, July 4th. The following week, Tuesdays will be added to create a four-day schedule (Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Saturday) through the first week of October. The track will then return to a three-day week with Tuesdays dark through Monday, October 29 and the meet will conclude on Saturday, November 2 to coincide with the Breeders' Cup World Championships. As it did the last two years, the track is awaiting approval of legislation to reduce the number of racing days required to offer simulcasting from 100 to 80.

LASPANTALONES FANCE BREAKS MAIDEN IN STYLE WEDNESDAY

Laspantalones Fance lit up the tote board at 40-1 in Wednesday's featured sixth race, a maiden special weight for fillies and mares going about 7 1/2 furlongs on a firm turf course and stopping the clock in 1:36 4/5.

Trained by Deborah Thomas and ridden to victory by Jordano Tunon, the four-year-old daughter of Roar of the Tiger rated off the pace before seizing command at the top of the stretch and holding off a late charge from Damn Straight and Mz Mill to prevail by a head for her maiden victory.

Laspantalones Fance returned $87.20, 29.60 and 9.20. Damn Straight paid $7.40 and 4.20 while Mz Mill returned $2.80.

GARY WALES WINS THREE ON MONDAY

Jockey Gary Wales scored a hat trick on Monday's eight race card on June 3 with three winners on the day.

Wales began his triple in the opener with a front-running score aboard Frankie Rules ($3.20) for trainer John Rigattieri. He was back in the winner's circle after guiding Cindyrella ($8.80) to victory for Maylene Conkey in the sixth race. He capped off three- win day in the seventh in front running fashion with Kentonia ($7.00) got trainer Joseph Minieri.

Wales, who finished tenth in the jockey standings in 2012, currently tops the standings with four wins from two days of racing.

NEW ENGLAND TURF WRITERS ELECT HALL OF FAME CLASS OF 2013

The New England Turf Writers Association has elected its Hall of Fame class of 2013, which will be honored along with the 2012 NETWA award winners at the organization’s 71st Annual Awards Dinner on Thursday, July 18 at the Danversport Yacht Club in Danvers, MA.

The class consists of champion Massachusetts-bred Ask Queenie, jockey Leroy Moyers, trainer Timothy Hills, owner and breeder Lloyd Lockhart, and longtime Suffolk Downs publicity director Bob Varey.

Ask Queenie, one of the most decorated Massachusetts-breds in history, was bred by Lloyd Lockhart and trained by his daughter, Lori Lockhart. She won 27 of her 63 starts, amassing a whopping $780,365 in career earnings, more than any other Mass-bred in history. She hit the board in 56 of her 63 starts, posting a career record of 27 wins, 15 seconds and 14 third-place finishes. Her most successful campaign was her four-year-old season (2005) for which she was voted winner of the prestigious James B. Moseley Award as New England’s Horse of the Year by the NETWA. She also earned top turf female and top New England-bred honors that year. She garnered top New England-bred honors again in 2006, 2007 and 2009.

Moyers was one of the top local jockeys of the 1960s. He won most of the key stakes events of that era including the Massachusetts Handicap with Air Pilot in 1962 and Beau Marker in 1969. Moyers will forever be remembered for an incredible riding feat when he won seven of nine races at Suffolk Downs on July 4, 1967. He also rode five winners on three occasions. He was Suffolk's leading rider in the spring meets of 1964, 1965 and 1967. Moyers, who was born in 1937 in Alabama, won 3,770 races in 26,040 starts, good for $21,491,585 in purses.

Hills, a native of Nashua, NH, began his career training horses at Rockingham Park and Suffolk Downs before moving his outfit to compete in New York, New Jersey and Florida in the 1990s. He has consistently been among the top tier trainers there and took home leading trainer honors at Monmouth Park in 2002 and 2004. He has trained multiple graded stakes winners, including local star San’s the Shadow.

Over the course nearly seven decades, the Lockhart name has been synonymous with success in New England. Lloyd Lockhart bred and raced multiple New England champions over the course of his career, including Mr. Meso, Southofttheborder, and of course, local legend Ask Queenie. With active Thoroughbred breeding farms in both Massachusetts and Florida, Lockhart has bred, raised and trained horses that have been competitive throughout the country and has been a longstanding, avid supporter of New England racing.

After a long career in sportswriting, Varey turned to publicity and public relations when he was hired as publicity director for Suffolk Downs beginning in the late 1960's when famed sports executive Bill Veeck ran the track. Bob was a key part in those days in publicizing many of Veeck's unique promotions. He also brought attention to the $252,750 Yankee Gold Cup in 1969, which was the richest turf race in the world. Bob stayed on as publicity director during the 1970's as the track changed ownerships.

The names of this year's inductees will be added to a plaque that is displayed in the New England Thoroughbred racing exhibit at the Sports Museum located in the TD Garden.

The panel of voters consisted of current active NETWA members. A two-thirds majority among the voters was required for election.

Tickets for the awards dinner are $60 each and tables of ten are available for $600. To purchase tickets, call 617 568-3220.

SUFFOLK DOWNS FEATURED IN "BOSTON SPORTS TEMPLES" EXHIBITION AT BOSTON PUBLIC LIBRARY

Suffolk Downs is one of four historic sports venues featured in Boston Public Library's current "Boston Sports Temples" exhibition, which showcases these beloved venues and their unique roles in the daily lives and hearts of generations of New Englanders.

Suffolk Downs is joined by Fenway Park, the original Boston Garden and Braves Field in the exhibition, which is part of Boston Public Library's "Building Boston" initiative, a citywide celebration of Boston's public spaces.

Featuring Boston Public Library's outstanding collection of historic sports photography, the exhibition follows the creation and evolution of these four great public venues; their varied and changing roles, functions, and communities of users; and their powerful connections with millions of devoted fans who have filled their seats night after night, season after season. The exhibition is sponsored by the Boston Public Library Foundation.

"Boston Public Library holds an enormous collection of historic Boston sports photographs and after looking through what we have, Suffolk Downs came to the forefront as a major area of subject matter for our sports collection," said Beth Prindle, Manager of Exhibitions and Programming at Boston Public Library. "Suffolk Downs and Fenway Park are interesting in this particular exhibition because they are the only two major venues that still stand. If you're looking at the continuity of tradition, those are the two spaces where people can go and sit in the same places that they might have sat 50 years ago."

"Suffolk Downs is honored to be included in this exhibition, which really brings to life our rich history and the place that we hold within the Boston sports community," said Chip Tuttle, Chief Operating Officer of Suffolk Downs. "This is a wonderful exhibit and, as we look toward the future, it reminds us of the need to preserve some of these elements that give the greater Boston area its unique character and sense of place."

In addition to the many photographs on display, the exhibition includes an original track program from June 29, 1936. Among the horses listed in this program is Seabiscuit, who won the fourth race that day and caught the eye of trainer Tom Smith, who would go on to lead Seabiscuit to national prominence.

The "Boston Sports Temples" exhibition will be on display at the BPL's Central Library, located at 700 Boylston Street in Copley Square, through May 31. On Tuesday, May 21, Tuttle and Suffolk Downs Vice President of Marketing and Communications Christian Teja will be speaking in the BPL's Author Talk series. Teja is the author of "Suffolk Downs," a pictorial history of the 78-year-old racetrack featuring many of the images included in the Sports Temples collection.

To learn more about the exhibit, watch this video.

NEW ENGLAND TURF WRITERS ANNOUNCE 2012 CHAMPIONS AND AWARD WINNERS

The New England Turf Writers Association has selected its champions and award winners for the 2012 racing season. The annual awards dinner will take place in July at the Danversport Yacht Club. The honorees are:

2-year-old filly - Dreaming of Jazz
2-year-old male - Raven's Tune
3-year-old filly - Straighttotheheart
Robert M. O'Malley Memorial Award - 3-year-old male- Scaramagna
Older female - Surely Irish
James R. Bishop Memorial Award - Older male - Scorpion Strike
Turf female - P Js Lil Toni
Joseph E. Carney Memorial Award - Turf male - Perfect Joiski
Sprinter - Chaotic Bull
Cliff Sundberg Memorial Award - New England-bred - Southoftheborder
Special Achievement - David Amiss, Charles River Racing, Jill Jellison, Swampy Town
Eli Chiat Memorial Award - Outstanding Jockey - Tammi Piermarini
Gerry Sullivan Memorial Award - Outstanding Trainer - Jay Bernardini
Bob Varey Memorial Award - Media - Larry Collmus
Lou Smith Memorial Award - Yearly Achievement - John Botty
Sam McCracken Memorial Award - Lifetime Achievement - Chaplain Lee Alphen

Alphen has been serving members of the New England Thoroughbred racing community since 1975, first at Rockingham Park and continuing at Suffolk Downs. She also serves as a Chaplain in the harness racing community. As leader of the local Racetrack Ministry program, she leads weekly services and organizes group activities such as barbecues and softball games. At the end of each summer, she leads a drive to provide school supplies to children of families within the local racing community.

This previous summer, Botty stepped up and helped save a former trainee, Our Revival, from being sold to slaughter in Texas which earned mention in both the Daily Racing Form and Boston Globe. His actions brought to light the larger issue of equine welfare that affects the entire racing industry.

Collmus served as the track announcer at Suffolk Downs from 1992-2008 and has since gone on to become NBC's Voice of the Triple Crown as well as the announcer at marquee Thoroughbred tracks such as Gulfstream Park and Monmouth Park. He returned to the East Boston oval for opening day this year as a special guest. In 2012, he called his second Triple Crown and his first Breeders' Cup Classic.

The winner of the James B. Moseley Award for Horse of the Year will be revealed at the awards dinner. The NETWA's Hall of Fame Class of 2013 will be announced in the spring and will also be honored at the awards dinner.

PIERMARINI, RIGATTIERI, MONARCH STABLES TOP STANDINGS AGAIN IN 2012

Familiar names topped the 2012 standings as jockey Tammi Piermarini, trainer John Rigattieri and owner Monarch Stables once again took home year-end honors at Suffolk Downs as the track concluded its live racing season on Saturday, November 3.

Piermarini amassed 87 wins during the 80-day meet to capture her third straight riding title and the fourth of her career at Suffolk Downs. The 45-year-old mother of three won with 20% of her mounts for earnings of $961,173. Jacqueline Davis was second with 63 wins. Earlier this year, Piermarini continued her climb up the list of all-time winningest female jockeys, moving into third place on July 23. She trails only Julie Krone and Rosemary Homeister.

Rigattieri continued his reign atop the trainer standings, earning his ninth consecutive title at the East Boston oval. Rigattieri saddled 49 winners from 167 starters (29%). Jay Bernardini was second with 42 wins.

Frank Bertolino's Monarch Stables earned its second consecutive leading owner title with 29 trips to the winner's circle. Suffolk Downs newcomer Glockenburg LLC was second with 26 wins. In July, Bertolino was inducted into the New England Turf Writers Association Hall of Fame.

MY FRIEND BOB WINS THE $50,000 NORMAN HALL STAKES

My Friend Bob made his second career start a winning one and broke his maiden with an impressive eleven length romp in the $50,000 Norman Hall Stakes on Saturday, October 27, defeating a field of six state bred rivals and completing six furlongs in 1:14 2/5.

Trained by George Brown and ridden by Luis Garcia, the two-year-old son of Lycius hooked up with the pace setting Moon Scamper before putting away that rival and drawing off comfortably turning for home.

"I told Mr. Brown we had an advantage because he had a race over the track," said Garcia. "He just did everything right. I asked him and we were five, ten lengths ahead."

My Friend Bob returned $12.20, 6.20 and 3.40. The Lion's Fire paid $4.60 and 3.80 while Moon Scamper returned $5.40.

APPRENTICE JOCKEY JORGE VARGAS, JR NOTCHES FIRST CAREER WIN

Apprentice jockey Jorge Vargas, Jr. recorded the first victory of his career when his mount Rockstar Cowboy won the fifth race at Suffolk Downs on Wednesday, October 17.

The 18-year old native of Puerto Rico began riding at Suffolk Downs in September.

is father, Jorge Vargas, has had a long and successful career in New England, reaching the 3,000 win mark last year. The elder Vargas, who is currently seventh in the jockey standings, finished fourth in his son's maiden breaking triumph. Vargas has another son, Jorge Fuller Vargas, who also rides at Suffolk Downs.

After the race, Vargas, Jr. was speechless. "It feels good," he said. "It's great to get to ride with my father."

His father was quick to add, "I just couldn't be prouder."

DREAMED A DREAM SHOWS GIRL POWER IN THE $50,000 JOHN KIRBY STAKES

Dreamed a Dream beat the boys by a nose in Saturday's $50,000 John Kirby Stakes, defeating a field of eight state bred rivals and completing a mile and seventy yards in 1:46 2/5.

Trained by Robert Raymond and ridden to her third career stakes victory by Jill Jellison, the three-year-old daughter of Agnes Gold relaxed off the front runners before seizing command at the top of the stretch and holding off a resilient Fonzy.

"What a game filly," said jockey Jill Jellison. "Bobby did a great job getting her ready and she was in perfect position. She just ran a huge race. I wasn't sure who won it it was so close!"

Dreamed a Dream returned $11.20, 5.60 and 3.60. Fonzy paid $3.20 and 2.20 while Danly's Dream returned $3.60.

Suffolk Downs showed its support for National Breast Cancer Awareness Month today by recognizing "Team Betty," a group of local participants in the upcoming Susan G. Komen Massachusetts Race for the Cure(R), as part of the track's Community Winner's Circle program.

Saturday's fourth race was named in honor of Team Betty. All of the jockeys in this race wore pink caps in support of Team Betty's cause. In that race, Jacqueline Davis guided Utopia Queen ($13.60) to a maiden victory.

SEGURO SHARP IN SATURDAY'S FEATURE

Twenty-Two Stable's Seguro sat off the pace and pounced to take Saturday's featured race on October 6, completing a mile and seventy yards in 1:43 4/5.

Trained by James Douthall and ridden by Pedro Gonzalez, the five-year-old son of Cactus Ridge broke well and settled well off the pace before launching his bid from the middle of the track and hitting the lead mid-stretch, drawing away by four lengths.

Seguro earned his second consecutive local victory and returned $6.40, 3.80 and 3.00. Pirates Legend paid $13.60 and 10.40 while Lethal Combination returned $6.20.

ANDRIA TERRILL WINS THREE ON WEDNESDAY

Jockey Andria Terrill scored a hat trick on Wednesday, October 3 with three winners on the nine race card.

Terrill kicked off her triple in the second race aboard Bay State Belle ($3.20) for Tom McCooey, Jr. She followed that up with a minor upset victory on Gordian Knot ($17.20) for trainer Kenneth Burns in the sixth and capped off her day with a front-running score on Silent Whisper ($3.40) for Jay Bernardini.

Terrill, riding in her first season at Suffolk Downs, is currently tied for third in the jockey standings with Jacqueline Davis, each with 45 wins.

MORE THAN 18,000 PARTICIPANTS JOIN GREATER BOSTON WALK NOW FOR AUTISM SPEAKS AND RAISE OVER $870,000

More than 18,000 people, including individuals with autism, their families and friends, joined together at Suffolk Downs on Sunday, September 30th for the Greater Boston Walk Now for Autism Speaks. The Walk has thus far raised more than $870,000, all of which will support Autism Speaks' work, both locally and nationally, to increase awareness about the growing autism health crisis, fund innovative autism research and family services, and advocate for the needs of individuals with autism and their families in Greater Boston and beyond. Autism spectrum disorder is now diagnosed in 1 in every 88 children, including 1 in every 54 boys, making it the fastest-growing serious developmental disability in the U.S.

The Walk Now for Autism Speaks events are the signature fundraising events for Autism Speaks, raising more than $28.5 million alone in 2011 in 85 cities across the U.S. and Canada to support autism research, awareness and advocacy. Last year's Greater Boston Walk Now for Autism Speaks raised over $1 million. The 2012 Greater Boston Walk Now for Autism Speaks has raised more than $870,000 to date and funds continue to be tallied. Donations will be collected through December 31st towards a goal of $1.1 million.

The day's events were kicked off by Randy Price, WCVB anchor and Hank Morse of 105.7 WROR, longtime supporters who warmed up the crowd during the Opening Ceremony. Walkers were treated to the musical talents of Patrick Linehan, an 18 year old young adult enrolled in the 12th grade at the CHARMS Collaborative program at Sharon High School performed a stirring rendition of the National Anthem on his keyboard and Christopher Duffley, a 10 year old boy who is blind and has autism performed a remarkable version of "Lean on Me." Oen Kennedy provided Walkers with an inspirational and sensory friendly musical performance as they got ready to circle the track.

Liz Feld, President of Autism Speaks, Larry Cancro, Chairman of Autism Speaks' Greater Boston Board of Directors and Senior Vice President of Fenway Affairs of the Boston Red Sox, and Sean O'Brien, President of Teamsters Local 25 addressed Walkers and thanked the thousands in attendance for braving rainy conditions in support of this critical mission. The Boston University men's hockey program provided significant support to the event - Captain Wade Megan and Assistant Captain Ryan Ruikka participated in the ribbon cutting ceremony to start the Walk and the entire men's hockey team lent a hand by setting up the event site, working with children in the event's "Kids Korner," and by signing autographs, posing for photos with Walkers, and selling items benefitting Autism Speaks in the Resource Fair presented by Lindt.

"Thanks to our remarkable families, volunteers, sponsors and staff, this year's Walk was an unprecedented success and a joyous day for our community," said Melissa Voto, 2012 Greater Boston Walk Chair. "Working together, we are making incredible strides as we try to find the answers we all seek about this disorder and improve the lives of people with autism and their families."

TAMMI PIERMARINI WINS THREE ON TUESDAY

Tammi Piermarini extended her lead in the jockey standings with a three win day on Tuesday, September 25.

Piermarini got her triple started in the opener with a win aboard Bob's Place ($2.40) for trainer Jennifer Young. She teamed up with Pat Vassallo, Sr. to sweep the early double with Lin's Back ($5.80). In the seventh race, she and Young were back in the winner's circle following a maiden victory by Malibu Spice ($7.80).

Piermarini currently tops the jockey standings with 76 victories and is on pace for her third consecutive, fourth overall, meet title.

JOCKEY DAVID AMISS RECORDS 1,000TH CAREER VICTORY IN THE $50,000 AFRICAN PRINCE STAKES ON FOOD TRUCK FESTIVAL DAY

Jockey David Amiss recorded the 1,000th victory of his career on Saturday, September 22, guiding Adahai to the wire first in the $50,000 African Prince Stakes before an exuberant crowd of 9,212 on hand for the 2nd Annual Suffolk Downs Food Truck Festival.

Adahai, a three-year-old son of Yonaguska trained by Wayne Marcoux, rated off the front running Danly's Dream and drew clear in mid stretch, saving enough to hold off a late charging Fonzy and complete six furlongs in 1:12 4/5. Adahai is now undefeated from two starts. Adahai returned $5.00, 3.00 and 2.60.

"There have been some bumps in the road," said Amiss. "But I am so grateful to have it happen here, at Suffolk Downs. It feels great to win for a trainer like Wayne and I want to thank all the trainers who have helped me throughout my career - Anthony Ryan, Jay Bernardini, John Rigattieri, Barry Roos and everyone else who played a part in my success."

Amiss, a 47-year-old New Hampshire native, began his career in racing as a teenager with Rigattieri, working his way up from rubbing horses to eventually riding. He recorded his first victory in May of 1986 at Rockingham Park aboard Herbachee for Rigattieri.

He also won the ninth race for trainer Nick Zito aboard Stephen A ($4.40) and swept the late double aboard Same Day Pleasure ($9.60) for Anthony Ryan, capping off the milestone day with three wins. He is currently second in the Suffolk Downs jockey standings with 50 wins.

Also on the ten-race card, Tammi Piermarini rode three winners. Piermarini kicked off her hat trick in the opener with Freud's Irish Miss ($3.20) for Michael Gorham. She followed that up in the third with a win aboard Sweetlandofliberty ($11.00) for Marcus Vitali and those two teamed up again in the fifth with Bishop of Nola ($4.00).

Piermarini currently tops the jockey standings with 73 wins and is in pursuit of her fourth meet title.

JACQUELINE DAVIS WINS THREE ON TUESDAY

Jockey Jacqueline Davis pulled off a hat trick on Tuesday's nine race card on September 18 with three wins for the day.

Davis began her triple with an upset victory aboard Smooth Connection ($37.40) for Jorge Chapman in the opener. She was back in the winner's circle following a maiden win on the turf with Rennina ($11.20) for Francis Reia, II and capped off her day with a 15 1/2 length romp on Natalie Victoria ($2.80) for David Jacobson and Drawing Away Stables.

Davis is currently third in the jockey standings with 41 wins.

TAMMI PIERMARINI WINS THREE WEDNESDAY

Jockey Tammi Piermarini dominated Monday's nine race card on September 10 with three victories.

Piermarini kicked off her hat trick in the opener with Stage Deli ($5.60) for Michael Gorham. She teamed up with Matthew Clarke to sweep the early double with Elaborate Geena ($7.40) and she and Gorham were back in the winner's circle after Volant Jamie ($3.80) won the sixth.

Piermarini, who on July 23 became the third all time leading female rider, currently tops the jockey standings with 62 wins in pursuit of her fourth meet title.

DREAMED A DREAM WINS THE $50,000 LOUISE KIMBALL STAKES

Dreamed a Dream defeated a field of eight Massachusetts-bred rivals to earn the second stakes win of her career in the $50,000 Louise Kimball Stakes on Saturday, September 8, completing six furlongs in 1:14 3/5.

Ridden by Jill Jellison and trained by Bobby Raymond, the three-year-old daughter of Agnes Gold rated off the pace and made a bold rally turning for home and drew off by 2 1/2 lengths.

"She was the best horse," said Jellison. "The race went perfectly. She handled the mud really well, sat in perfect position and responded when I asked her."

The win was the second on the day for the combination of Raymond and Jellison. They also teamed up in the second with Tazetta ($8.20).

Dreamed a Dream, who also won the Norman Hall Stakes as a juvenile, returned $8.60, 3.40 and 2.80. Majestic Emily paid $2.40 and 2.20 while Don Sings Ramona returned $8.20.

VERNON BUSH WINS THREE ON WEDNESDAY

Jockey Vernon Bush hit a triple on Wednesday's eleven race card.

Bush kicked off his trifecta in the third race with a front-running score aboard Breathtakingbreeze ($13.00) for Peter Bazeos. In the eighth race, he guided Roundup Jade ($6.20) to victory for Jeffrey Pitzer and those two teamed up again in the tenth with Roundup Hamlet ($6.80)

Bush, is currently seventh in the jockey standings with 26 victories.

HAT TRICK FOR DAVID AMISS ON SATURDAY

Jockey David Amiss hit a triple on Saturday, September 1 with three winners on the nine-race card.

Amiss kicked off the trifecta in the opener with Toby's Dream ($6.00) for Alison Hassig. He teamed up with trainer Jay Bernardini in the fifth for a victory with La Malandrina ($4.80) and capped off the day in the seventh race with a front-running score aboard Mountain Climber ($8.00) for Wayne Marcoux.

Amiss is currently second in the jockey standings with 42 victories and is six wins shy of hitting the 1,000th career win milestone.

ROUND TRIPPER FOR PEDROIA; JORGE VARGAS WINS THREE

Pedroia, a chestnut filly named after the popular Red Sox All-Star second baseman, won the third race at Suffolk Downs on Wednesday, August 29.

Ridden by Hector Ramos and trained by Arthur Duffy, Jr., the four-year-old daughter of Graeme Hall sat off the pace and seized command at the top of the stretch, drawing off by 9 3/4 lengths to earn her second win of the year.

Pedroia returned $3.40, 2.20 and 2.20.

Also on the card, Jorge Vargas made three trips to the winner's circle.

Vargas started the day by sweeping the early double with Miss Melody ($4.40) for Peter Bazeos and Rav'n Mad in Love ($8.20) for Florence Gemma Siravo. He capped off his hat trick in the ninth race with Grand Bahama ($8.80) for Lloyd Lockhart.

SOUTHOFTHEBORDER WINS THE $50,000 FIRST EPISODE STAKES

Southoftheborder successfully defended her title in the $50,000 First Episode Stakes on August 25 with a 7 1/2 length triumph, completing a mile and seventy yards in 1:45 1/5.

Ridden by Jorge Vargas, the nine-year-old Lloyd Lockhart homebred daughter of Senor Conquistador broke sharply, dueled with Never Know briefly but was never seriously threatened and drew away comfortably at the top of the stretch to earn her second stakes win of the year.

"She did everything on her own," said Vargas. "All I did was nurse her around. I never even had to ask her. I just has a ton of horse - she is so good right now."

In addition to winning the 2011 installment of the First Episode, Southoftheborder also won the 2009 edition.

Southoftheborder returned $4.60, 2.20 and 2.20. Never Know paid $5.00 and 2.20 while Tally's Sundance returned $2.20.

CHAOTIC BULL WINS SATURDAY'S FEATURE

Chaotic Bull and Luis Garcia delivered as the even-money favorite in Saturday's featured allowance race on August 18, completing six furlongs in 1:12 2/5.

Trained and owned by William Spathanas, the four-year-old son of Holy Bull rated off the front-running Ishikawa before making his move on the rail turning for home and drawing away by three lengths.

Chaotic Bull earned his second victory of the year and returned $4.20, 3.40 and 2.20. Lord Kyle's Quest paid $6.40 and 4.00 while Ishikawa returned $4.00.

VICTOR LASZLO WINS THE $50,000 LAST DANCE STAKES

Victor Laszlo earned the first stakes win of his career with an emphatic 8 3/4 length romp over a full field of eleven state bred rivals in the $50,000 Last Dance Stakes on August 11, completing a mile and seventy yards in 1:43 3/5.

Ridden by Tammi Piermarini and trained by George Saccardo, the three-year-old Patricia Moseley homebred relaxed early and rated just off of the front-runners before making his move at the 3/4 pole and drawing clear easily.

"There is just no telling how good he is," said Piermarini. "They have done a great job with him. He was just so professional and is getting better with each race."

Victor Laszlo returned $3.20, 2.60 and 2.20. Longshot Wheely paid $33.40 and 14.80 while Lord Kyle's Quest returned $8.00.

Also on the nine-race card, Southside Molly won the first juvenile race of the season in front running fashion, holding off favored Divine Protection and completing five and a half furlongs in 1:06 3/5.

Ridden by Mario Madrid and trained by Michael Gorham, the Old Coach Farm homebred by Sweetsouthernsaint returned $6.80, 2.60 and 2.40.

JORGE VARGAS WINS THREE ON WEDNESDAY

Jorge Vargas pulled a hat trick on Wednesday's ten race card on August 8 with three wins on the day.

Vargas began his triple in the fifth race with Windswept Summer ($4.80), a maiden winner for Anthony Ryan. He then teamed up with trainer Michael Gorham to win the seventh and eighth races with Andy L ($11.00) and Seaway Summer ($6.20).

Vargas is currently fourth in the jockey standings with twenty-three wins.

Also on the card, Vargas's son Jorge Fuller Vargas won the opener with Secret Media ($3.40) for trainer Laurine Barreira

SOUTHOFTHEBORDER WINS THE $50,000 ISADORABLE STAKES

Southoftheborder earned the third stakes victory of her career in Saturday's $50,000 Isadorable Stakes on August 4, completing six furlongs in 1:13.

Ridden by Jorge Vargas and trained by Lloyd Lockhart, the Lockhart homebred daughter of Senor Conquistador made a bold rally from off the pace to catch the front-running Navy Nurse and drew away by a length and a half.

"I worked my way around the far turn," said Vargas. "I wanted to go around but was forced to go in. I knew I needed to catch the front runner and when I asked her she responded and we did it."

Sourhoftheborder returned $11.00, 4.80 and 3.00. Navy Nurse paid $4.40 and 3.00. Tally's Sundance returned $2.40.

BOBBY RAYMOND WINS FOUR ON WEDNESDAY

Trainer Bobby Raymond enjoyed a remarkable day on Wednesday, August 1, saddling four winners on the ten-race card, three of which came with Jill Jellison in the irons.

Raymond and Jellison kicked off their trifecta in the second race with Danny's Whish ($18.20). They were right back in the winner's circle after Bruski's Star ($6.20) had a front-running maiden victory in the fifth. The pair capped off their triple with Kathysay'schaseme ($7.40) in the sixth for owner Touchdown Stable.

In the seventh race, Jorge Vargas was aboard for the fourth win on the card for Raymond with Chillin Dylan ($5.20) also for owner Touchdown Stable.

FOUR IN A ROW FOR SURELY IRISH ON SATURDAY

Surely Irish earned her fourth consecutive victory with a hard fought decision over Breathtakingbreeze in Saturday's featured race on July 28, completing six furlongs in 1:12 2/5.

Trained by Ralph Whitney and ridden to front running victory by Jorge Vargas, the five-year-old daughter of E Dubai broke sharply and dueled with rival Breathtakingbreeze for the entire six furlong contest before prevailing by a head.

Surely Irish returned $4.40, 2.80 and 2.20. Breathtakingbreeze paid $3.60 and 2.60 while Broadway Marquee returned $4.00.

The win was the second of three wins on the day for Jorge Vargas who also won the second race with Golden Gator ($14.00) and the ninth race aboard Gibsy ($21.20).

JOCKEY TAMMI PIERMARINI BECOMES THIRD-LEADING FEMALE RIDER OF ALL-TIME

Jockey Tammi Piermarini, who last year became just the fifth woman ever to reach the 2,000-win milestone, recorded three victories on Monday at Suffolk Downs to surpass Patti Cooksey as the third-leading female rider of all-time with 2,139 career wins.

Piermarini, 45, accomplished the feat with a front-running score aboard Massachusetts-bred Victor Laszlo ($2.80) in the seventh race for owner Patricia Moseley, former chairwoman of Suffolk Downs, and trainer George Saccardo. Piermarini now trails only the retired Julie Krone (3,704) and Rosemary Homeister (2,527), who is currently riding at Arlington Park.

"It's a real honor and it was even more special to do it on a Massachusetts-bred in my home state," said Piermarini, a native of Amesbury, MA. "The great thing is so many of my wins came here, at home."

When asked if she has her sights set on moving up to second place, Piermarini's answer was an emphatic "Yes."

Piermarini entered the day with 2,136 wins, one behind Cooksey. She earned the equalizer in the third race with Quiet Wave ($7.20) for owner Old Coach Farm and trainer Mike Gorham before taking sole possession of third place with her second win of the afternoon in the seventh. Piermarini tacked on to her career total in the eighth with the favored Blue White Fire ($3.20) for owner Moyglare Stud Farm and trainer Christophe Clement.

Piermarini began her riding career in 1985 as Tammi Campbell, amassing 986 wins under her maiden name. She has competed as Tammi Piermarini since 1999 after marrying her husband and current agent John. Piermarini's riding career has included time off to give birth to her and John's three children: Izabella, Johnny and Sophia-Lawren.

In 2007, Piermarini became just the third woman in Suffolk Downs history to win a meet riding title. She is the two-time defending champion at the East Boston oval and is presently atop the standings again this year. Piermarini is also a three-time recipient of the Eli Chiat Memorial Outstanding Jockey Award presented by the New England Turf Writers Association.

Piermarini has won races at 15 different racetracks over the course of her 28-year career, with the vast majority of her triumphs - 1,667 - coming at Suffolk Downs.

MISCOE GRAY WINS THE $50,000 RISE JIM STAKES; PIERMARINI WINS THREE

Miscoe Gray and Jorge Vargas pulled off the front-running upset in the $50,000 Rise Jim Stakes on Saturday, July 21, completing six furlongs in 1:12 over a field of eleven state bred rivals.

Trained by Tom McCooey, Jr., the Nine Maple Farm homebred son of Cozzene broke well and secured a spot on the rail and led every step of the way, saving enough to hold off Same Day Pleasure.

"I just saw that speed was holding," said Vargas. "I knew I had to take advantage of that and I had the horse to do it."

Miscoe Gray was named New England's champion juvenile in 2010 and this win was his second lifetime score.

Miscoe Gray returned $38.40, 15.40 and 10.60. Same Day Pleasure paid $9.20 and 6.80 while Gorgeous Silk returned $8.20.

Leading rider Tammi Piermarini had three winners on the card. She started her triple with a win in the second aboard Bucks Wink ($6.80) for Lloyd Lockhart. She followed that up in the fourth with former New England champion grass mare PJs Lil Toni ($4.40) for Pat Vassallo and captured the tenth race with Cowgirls First ($13.60) for Keith Sargent.

With 2,136 career wins, Piermarini is one away from tying Patti Cooksey for third all-time among female riders. Julie Krone is first with 3,704, followed by Rosemary Homeister (2,524), who is currently riding at Arlington Park.

SASSY CITY NAMED NEW ENGLAND HORSE OF THE YEAR FOR 2011

Sassy City, New England's champion older mare in 2011, was named the recipient of the 2011 James B. Moseley Horse of the Year Award by the New England Turf Writers Association at its 70h Annual Awards Dinner held on July 19 at the Danversport Yacht Club in Danvers, MA.

Owned and trained by John Botty, Sassy City had previously earned champion three-year-old filly honors in 2009.

Sassy City returned with a vengeance in 2011 and established herself as one of the best horses on the grounds with a stunning triumph on July 13 over a star-studded field, including champions Technically Wicked and Snow Down. She hit the road for her next start and represented New England well with an impressive victory at Monmouth Park and followed that up with a runner-up finish in the Endine Stakes in August at Delaware Park.

Other divisional winners honored at the awards dinner were:

2-year-old filly - Pennies Appeal
2-year-old male - Mighty One
Robert M. O'Malley Memorial Award - 3-year-old - Rodan
Older female - Sassy City
James R. Bishop Memorial Award - Older male - Beijing House
Joseph E. Carney Memorial Award - Turf male - National Hero
Turf female - She's Got Bling
Sprinter - Beijing House
Cliff Sundberg Memorial Award - New England-bred - Tally's Sundance
Special Achievement - Eileen Robidoue, Jorge Vargas and Snow Down
Eli Chiat Memorial Award - Outstanding Jockey - Tammi Piermarini
Gerry Sullivan Memorial Award - Outstanding Trainer - Marcus Vitali
Lou Smith Memorial Award - Yearly Achievement - Tom Creel
Sam McCracken Memorial Award - Lifetime Achievement - Frank Bertolino

The New England Turf Writers Association also inducted its Hall of Fame Class of 2012, which consists of trainer Maurice "Junie" Bresnahan, jockey Joe Hampshire, Jr., owner Frank Bertolino of Monarch Stables, longtime Suffolk Downs executive Robert M. O'Malley and accomplished sprinter Concorde Bound. A plaque bearing the names of all of the inductees is on permanent display at the Sports Museum located in the TD Banknorth Garden.

DAVID AMISS, MARIO MADRID EACH WIN THREE MONDAY

David Amiss and Mario Madrid dominated Mondayâ€'s nine race card on July 16 with three wins each.

In the forth race, Amiss started his triple with a front-running victory aboard Gesu ($4.40) for Jay Bernardini. In the fifth, he guided Seeking Mischief ($5.60) to a maiden win for Ian Baker and teamed up with Tim Salisbury to take the featured eighth race with Fortheloveof Anna ($13.40).

Madrid kicked off his hat trick in the sixth race with a maiden win aboard Big Sky Guy ($8.40) for Michael Gorham. He teamed up with trainer Hector Sarmiento for a win with Macho Star ($4.60) in the seventh and those two were back in the winner’s circle after Suave Royalty ($6.20) won the ninth and final race.

Going into Wednesday's ten-race card, Amiss is currently second in the jockey standings with 24 wins, two behind Tammi Piermarini. Madrid is tied for seventh with ten wins for the season.

FIRST STARTER A WINNER FOR KEVIN MCCARTHY

Trainer Kevin McCarthy made his first start as a trainer a winning one after saddling Perfect Joiski to a 3/4 length victory in Tuesday's featured race on July 10.

Ridden to victory by Vernon Bush, the four-year-old son of Perfect Soul (IRE) rated behind the front runners before seizing command turning for home, holding off a charge from Frankie Rules and completing about a mile in 1:40 3/5.

Perfect Joiski returned $9.60, 5.20 and 3.60. Frankie Rules paid $9.20 and 4.80 while Evenforever returned $3.00.

NATIONAL HERO TURNS THE TABLES ON SATURDAY

National Hero renewed his rivalry with Swampy Town for the second time this season on Saturday, July 7 and came out on top by a length, finishing about five furlongs in :58 4/5 on the turf.

Ridden by Hector Ramos and trained by John Pimental, the ten-year-old son of El Prado earned his twelfth local victory and made his move from off the pace, catching the front running Swampy Town who faded to third.

From six matchups going back through last year, National Hero leads four to two.

National Hero returned $6.00, 3.20 and 2.20. Noble Tiger paid $4.20 and 2.40 while Swampy Town returned $2.20.

DAVID AMISS WINS THREE; RIGHT OR WRONG WINS AT 50-1

Jockey David Amiss won three races in a row on Tuesday, June 26 and is now tied with Tammi Piermarini atop the standings with 15 wins each.

Amiss began his triple in the sixth race with Payoff Pitch ($6.00) for Wayne Marcoux. He teamed up with Jay Bernardini in the seventh race with Halls of Ivy ($6.80) and followed that up in the eighth race with French Fury ($5.00) for Hall of Fame trainer Nick Zito.

Also on the card, Right or Wrong lit up the tote board in the third race, breaking her maiden at 58-1.

Trained by M.C. Reardon and ridden by Hector Ramos, Right or Wrong returned $119.80, 25.40 and 43.00.

MONDAY TURNS INTO LADIES DAY

Female riders dominated the eight race card on Monday, June 25, teaming up to win the first five races.

Veteran rider and 2011 leading jockey Tammi Piermarini led the way with two wins on the card. Piermarini teamed up with Marcus Vitali for a win aboard Drop it Now ($3.80) in the opener and those two were back in the winner's circle following a front running victory with Running Wildcat ($6.80) in the third.

Through Monday, Piermarini tops the standings with fifteen wins, one ahead of Jacqueline Davis who won the fourth race with My Valentino ($2.60) for Michael Meese.

In second race, apprentice Ashley Yodice pulled a minor upset on the lead with Simply the Truth ($17.00) for trainer John Nassi.

Another apprentice rider, Natalie Turner, earned her first local victory in the fifth race with Wake Up Champ ($4.20) for Jay Budrewicz.

MINER'S TUNE HITS ALL THE RIGHT NOTES WEDNESDAY; JACQUELINE DAVIS WINS THREE

Miner's Tune prevailed by a neck to take the featured allowance race on Wednesday, June 20, completing about a mile over a firm turf course in 1:41 3/5.

Ridden by Dyn Panell and trained by John Rigattieri, the six-year-old daughter of Polish Miner defeated a field of eight rivals in her local debut. She broke well and settled in three-wide off of the leaders before grinding out her victory and wearing down front-running longshot Pobrecita.

Miner's Tune returned $5.80, 3.80 and 2.80. Longshot Pobrecita paid $8.00 and 9.00 while Prized Dream returned $15.00.

Also on the card, jockey Jacqueline Davis enjoyed a three-win day.

Davis began her triple in the second race with Lir Jet ($10.00) for Jay Bernardini and followed that up in the fourth race by teaming up for a win with Breathtakingbreeze ($4.60) for Peter Bazeos. She and Bernardini were back in the winner's circle following the ninth and final race of the day with Beachmont Bound ($3.20).

Davis, currently in her third season at Suffolk Downs, tops the jockey standings with thirteen victories, two ahead of David Amiss.

JAY BERNARDINI SADDLES THREE TO WIN BELMONT STAKES DAY; JACQUELINE DAVIS RIDES A HAT TRICK

Trainer Jay Bernardini and jockey Jacqueline Davis each enjoyed three-win days before an enthusiastic Belmont Stakes Day crowd of 8,333.

Bernardini broke the ice for his first win of the season in the fifth race with Gesu ($10.20), ridden to victory by David Amiss. He and Amiss teamed up again to prevail by a head with Miss Shoppin Diva ($19.40) in the featured eighth race, a five and a half furlong allowance event. He swept the late double with Mock Me Not ($7.40) under Jacqueline Davis, who capped off her triple in the ninth as well.

Davis, who currently tops the jockey standings with eight victories, won the second race with Navy Nurse ($6.80) for George Saccardo and the seventh race with the Peter Bazeos-trained Breathtakingbreeze ($5.20) before completing her trifecta with Bernardini in the ninth.

Suffolk Downs honored four "Community Winner’s Circle" recipients for their positive contributions to their local communities. The track recognized the Salesian Boys & Girls Club of East Boston, the Revere Beautification Committee, the Viking Proud Foundation of Winthrop and HarborCOV of Chelsea.

DAVIS WINS FOUR ON OPENING DAY

Jacqueline Davis, second in the standings in 2011, rode four winners on Saturday's Opening Day program at Suffolk Downs before an enthusiastic crowd of 6,834 as the East Boston oval welcomed back former track announcer and NBC's current voice of the Triple Crown Larry Collmus.

In the third race, Davis guided Dan's Commander ($6.60) to a 4 1/2 length romp for Michael McKenzie and in the fifth race, she pulled off a minor upset on the rail with Glory's List ($14.20) for Kenneth Burns. Her success continued in the seventh with a front-running victory aboard Last Laugh Now ($6.60) for Tom McCooey, Jr. and she teamed up with trainer Tim Kirby in the ninth and final race with Gambler's Honour ($7.00).

Davis is currently in her third season at the East Boston oval after spending the winter riding in her home state, New York.

Collmus, who call next Saturday's Belmont Stakes for NBC, returned to the Suffolk Downs announcer's booth for the first time since 2008. Collmus served as track announcer at Suffolk Downs from 1992-2008. T.D. Thornton is back for his fifth season as full-time announcer.

On Opening Day, Suffolk Downs honored two "Community Winner's Circle" recipients for their positive contributions to their local communities. The track recognized Paul Antonino of Wakefield, who on April 1 entered a burning building on Chelsea St. in East Boston to alert residents of a fire that was raging above them and assist elderly residents in escaping the building safely. The track also honored Generations Incorporated for its programs in East Boston and Revere in which older adults volunteer their time to assist children in need of literacy tutoring.

Members of the East Boston High School Jr. ROTC presented the colors for the national anthem, which was performed by Jason Rambler of the All-Star Buglers.

Live racing resumes Monday. Opening Day will be followed by a pair of three-day race weeks (Monday, Wednesday and Saturday) before adding Tuesdays to create a four-day schedule through the end of September.

NEW ENGLAND HALL OF FAME OWNER AND BREEDER PETER FULLER (1923-2012)

Peter Fuller, a prominent owner and breeder, died on May 14 following a lengthy illness at the age of 89.

Fuller, a successful local businessman, entered the Thoroughbred racing industry in 1951 after making a name for himself as an automobile dealer and became deeply involved in the sport as an owner and breeder.

He is best known in racing for being the breeder/owner of Dancer's Image, the only Kentucky Derby winner ever to be disqualified. Dancer's Image crossed the wire first in the 1968 Kentucky Derby, but was stripped of his title when a post-race drug test allegedly revealed traces of a banned painkiller.

Fuller was back in the national spotlight in 1985 when Mom's Command, another Thoroughbred he bred and owned, swept New York's prestigious Filly Triple Crown on her way to receiving the Eclipse Award for Champion three-year-old filly. Mom's Command was ridden by Fuller's daughter Abigail and trained by longtime New England horseman Edward "Ned" Allard.

"On top of his many accomplishments in horse racing, Peter Fuller was a sportsman and a true gentlemen who will be missed by the Suffolk Downs community," said Chip Tuttle, Chief Operating Officer of Suffolk Downs. "Even as he became less active as an owner and breeder, with his steady optimism and spirit, he remained a positive influence on New England's Thoroughbred racing industry and a great ambassador for the region."

Fuller received the New England Turf Writers Association's Sam McCracken Award for lifetime contributions to New England racing in 1995 and was the first owner inducted into the NETWA's Hall of Fame when it was established in 2005.

NEW ENGLAND TURF WRITERS ANNOUNCE 2011 CHAMPIONS AND AWARD WINNERS

The New England Turf Writers Association has selected its champions and award winners for the 2011 racing season. The annual awards dinner is scheduled to take place in July of 2012. The honorees are:

2-year-old filly - Pennies Appeal
2-year-old male - Mighty One
Robert M. O'Malley Memorial Award - 3-year-old - Rodan
Older female - Sassy City
James R. Bishop Memorial Award - Older male - Beijing House
Joseph E. Carney Memorial Award - Turf male - National Hero
Turf female - She's Got Bling
Sprinter - Beijing House
Cliff Sundberg Memorial Award - New England-bred - Tally's Sundance
Special Achievement - Jorge Vargas, Eileen Robidoue, Snow Down
Eli Chiat Memorial Award - Outstanding Jockey - Tammi Piermarini
Gerry Sullivan Memorial Award - Outstanding Trainer - Marcus Vitali
Lou Smith Memorial Award - Tom Creel
Sam McCracken Memorial Award - Monarch Stables

The winner of the James B. Moseley Award for Horse of the Year will be revealed at the awards dinner. The NETWA's Hall of Fame Class of 2012 will be announced in the spring and will also be honored at the awards dinner.

JOHN KIRBY, RESPECTED LOCAL BREEDER AND TRAINER, 1926 - 2011

John Kirby, age 85, passed away on December 29 following a short illness.

Kirby, a former Marine, was a successful local breeder and trainer and had been a part of New England racing for the past 36 years, partnering with his son Tim.

Some of the most notable stars to come from his Smokey Valley Farm in Dover, MA were African Prince, who earned nine victories at Suffolk Downs including four stakes wins and a hard-knocking horse named Brik who won 23 of his remarkable 184 starts. John's nickname, given by his wife Patricia, was "Kirb" and Brik is that spelled backwards.

Memorial gifts in John's name can be made to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, PO Box 1893, Memphis, TN 38101-9950.

PIERMARINI, RIGATTIERI, MONARCH STABLES CAPTURE MEET TITLES

Perennial powers Tammi Piermarini, John Rigattieri and Monarch Stables took home year-end honors at Suffolk Downs as the track concluded its 2011 live racing season on Saturday, November 5 before a Breeders' Cup Day crowd of 6,521.

Piermarini amassed 109 wins to capture her second straight meet title and the third of her career at Suffolk Downs. The 44-year-old mother of three won with 20% of her mounts for earnings of $1,163,099. Jacqueline Davis was second with 82 wins. Piermarini made history on August 22, becoming just the fifth woman in Thoroughbred racing history to reach the 2,000-win mark. She has since moved into fourth place on the all-time win list for female riders. Piermarini will be taking her tack to Turf Paradise.

Veteran John Rigattieri continued his reign atop the trainer standings, earning his eighth consecutive title at the East Boston oval. Rigattieri saddled 60 winners from 211 starters (28%). Marcus Vitali was second with 45 wins.

Monarch Stables, third in last year's owner standings, made 35 trips to the winner's circle to garner its first Suffolk Downs title since 2006. Charles Fontana was second with 16 wins.

IT'S ME MOM WINS $100,000 ROBERT M. O'MALLEY SPRINT STAKES AS TRACK HOSTS ITS FIRST-EVER FOOD TRUCK FESTIVAL

It's Me Mom prevailed by a nose over 6-5 favorite Nicole H in the $100,000 Robert M. O'Malley Sprint Stakes on Saturday, October 22, 2011 at Suffolk Downs before an exuberant crowd of 10,103 fans who were also treated to the track's first-ever Food Truck Festival.

It's Me Mom, ridden to victory by Willie Martinez for trainer Lynne Scace, broke sharply and rolled through demanding early fractions of :21.17, :43.63 and :55.91 before completing the six furlongs in 1:09.67.

"Our main concern was the dirt, because she is such a synthetic freak," said Martinez, who rode Brass Hat to victory in the 2007 Massachusetts Handicap at the East Boston oval. "We knew she was incredibly fast, and when I asked her for more, she responded. All the credit goes to her."

It's Me Mom, a three-year-old daughter of Put it Back, paid $25.80, 10.60 and 6.80. Nicole H returned $3.20 and 2.40, while Karmageddon returned $5.80.

Also on the card, Silk Spinner earned his second consecutive stakes victory with a five-and-three-quarter length triumph under Gary Wales, completing the one mile and seventy yards in 1:45.53. A homebred three-year-old son of Silk Broker trained by Adel Salim, Silk Spinner broke sharply and held off a late charge from reigning New England champion juvenile Miscoe Gray for the win.

Silk Spinner returned $3.80, 2.80 and 2.20. Miscoe Gray paid $6.40 and 3.80, while Sociano's Legacy returned $3.80.

The stakes races were the featured events on a special 10-race program conducted in conjunction with a food truck festival that included 15 gourmet food trucks serving a wide variety of specialty items.

Suffolk Downs recognized several local charitable organizations at the Food Truck Festival as part of its "Community Winner's Circle" program. The honorees were the East Boston Neighborhood Health Center, Friends of Belle Isle Marsh, and Winthrop Charities. The "Community Winner's Circle" program was established in 2008 in a continuation of the track's long-standing community outreach program.

SUFFOLK DOWNS RECEIVES ACCREDITATION FOLLOWING REVIEW BY NTRA SAFETY AND INTEGRITY ALLIANCE INSPECTION TEAM

The National Thoroughbred Racing Association (NTRA) announced Thursday, October 20 that Suffolk Downs has been fully accredited by the NTRA Safety and Integrity Alliance following a complete review of all racing operations at the facility.

The accreditation of Suffolk Downs was the culmination of a lengthy certification process that began with the track's completion of a 48-page written application and continued as Suffolk Downs hosted several meetings with Alliance officials. The on-site review included inspections of all facets of the racing facility, and interviews with track executives, racetrack personnel, jockeys, owners, trainers, stewards and fans. The inspection team was comprised of Ronald Jensen, DVM; racing official Richard Lewis; Mike Kilpack of the Organization of Racetrack Investigators (ORI); and Mike Ziegler, Executive Director of the NTRA Safety and Integrity Alliance.

"Suffolk Downs was reviewed this year during its current live meeting," said Ziegler. "It received 'Best Practice' ratings in several areas including aftercare and transition of retired racehorses; security training; fire safety planning and procedures; and a number of wagering security procedures, including incident investigation protocols. Suffolk Downs should also be publicly commended for strongly advocating to the Massachusetts State Racing Commission that it adopt several ARCI Model Rules not presently in effect within the state."

"It is gratifying for Suffolk Downs to receive this accreditation because the safety of our athletes, equine and human, is one of our primary objectives," said Chip Tuttle, Chief Operating Officer of Suffolk Downs. "We are especially proud of the proactive role we have played in making Thoroughbred aftercare a priority in our industry, and we want to thank our employees and horsemen as well as recognize the ongoing commitment of the Massachusetts State Racing Commission in helping us to achieve this accreditation."

Suffolk Downs is now the 21st racing facility to receive full accreditation, joining Churchill Downs, Keeneland, Belmont Park, Delaware Park, Hollywood Park, Monmouth Park, Arlington Park, Saratoga Race Course, Calder Race Course, Turfway Park, the Del Mar Thoroughbred Club, Oak Tree at Santa Anita/Santa Anita Park, Fair Grounds, Aqueduct Racetrack, Golden Gate Fields, Woodbine, Pimlico, Canterbury Park, Sunland Park and, most recently, Finger Lakes Casino and Racetrack.

The Alliance, formed in October 2008 with the goal of establishing national uniform standards in the areas of safety and integrity, includes 55 racetracks in North America and every major national horsemen's organization. Alliance certification standards cover six broad areas: injury reporting and prevention; creating a safer racing environment; aftercare and transition of retired racehorses; uniform medication, testing and penalties; safety research; and wagering security. Within those six categories, specific standards focus on areas including:

Systematic reporting of equine injuries
Aftercare of racehorses
Pre- and post-race veterinary examinations
Post-mortem examinations
Health and safety of jockeys
Riding crops and their use
Horse shoes and hoof care
Safety research
Safety equipment for jockeys and horse handlers
Exogenous Anabolic Steroids
Alkalinizing agents (TCO2)
On-track emergency medical care for humans and equines
Out-of-competition testing
Freezing and retrospective testing of post race samples
Continuing education
Security assessment and training
Totalizator technology and "stop wagering" protocols
Wagering incident investigation

The NTRA Safety and Integrity Alliance is a standing organization whose purpose is to establish standards and practices to promote safety and integrity in horseracing and to secure their implementation. Information on the Alliance, including the Alliance Code of Standards, can be found at www.NTRAalliance.com.

PIERMARINI WINS FIVE STRAIGHT ON WEDNESDAY, NOW FOURTH LEADING FEMALE RIDER OF ALL TIME

Tammi Piermarini enjoyed a remarkable day on Wednesday, September 28 at Suffolk Downs, winning the first five races on the card and becoming the fourth winningest female jockey of all time in the process.

Piermarini began her historic day by guiding Riparian Right ($7.00) to victory in the opener. She followed that up with wins aboard Dr. Mulligan ($2.60), Sevenisthenumber ($13.00), Wolf Moon ($4.40) and New England champion Technically Wicked ($6.40), respectively.

She completed the day with five wins and one second from seven mounts.

Piermarini, who earlier in the year became the fifth woman to reach the 2,000-win milestone, has eclipsed Vicki Baze and is now the fourth winningest female rider in history with 2,024 career victories, 113 behind third-place Patti Cooksey (2,137). Julie Krone (3,704) and Rosemary Homeister (2,438) top the list.

Riparian Right, trained by Marcus Vitali, gave Piermarini her 2,020th victory. Vitali also saddled Sugar Trade to give Piermarini her 2,000th career win on August 22, as well as Hometown, who Piermarini rode to tie Baze yesterday.

"Raising a family, riding racehorses - it takes a lot of work and a lot of perseverance but it's worth it," said Piermarini, a mother of three. "Now I've got to keep climbing the ladder."

Piermarini, who earned her second Suffolk Downs riding title in 2010, currently sits atop the local jockey standings with 86 wins.

TAMMI PIERMARINI REACHES 2,019 CAREER VICTORIES, TIES VICKI BAZE FOR FOURTH ALL-TIME

Tammi Piermarini, who earlier in the year became the fifth woman to reach the 2,000 win milestone, is now tied for fourth in the standings with Vickie Baze following a two-win day on Tuesday.

"It's another milestone," said Piermarini. "Now to keep climbing the ladder."

In the opener, she teamed up with Robert Gorham, Jr. for a 5 1/4 length score aboard Ashquar ($12.20) and earned her 2,019th career victory with a maiden breaking win with Hometown ($2.80) in the seventh.

The tying victory came for trainer Marcus Vitali, who also saddled Sugar Trade to give Piermarini her historic 2,000th career victory on August 22,

"We make a good team," said Piermarini.

Going into Wednesday's nine race card, Piermarini has seven mounts.

LONGTIME SUFFOLK DOWNS STARTER TOM SCHWIGEN DIES UNEXPECTEDLY

Tom Schwigen, the longtime starter at Suffolk Downs, died unexpectedly of a heart attack on Thursday, September 8 at his home in Chester, New Hampshire. He was 67 years old.

Schwigen has been the track's starter since 1992. He served as the starter at Rockingham Park (from 1986-2002) and several other New England tracks over the course of his career. In 2010, Schwigen had the opportunity to be a member of the starting gate crew at the Kentucky Derby.

"Tom was not only the best starter I have ever seen, he was a one-of-a-kind," said Sam Elliott, the track's Vice President of Racing. "He was a gentleman, a storyteller and great guy. He will be sorely missed by anyone who ever had the pleasure to meet him."

A memorial service will be held at the six-furlong chute, where Schwigen most frequently plied his trade, on Saturday, September 24 at 11:15 a.m.

JOCKEY TAMMI PIERMARINI RECORDS 2,000TH CAREER WIN; BECOMES FIFTH WOMAN IN RACING HISTORY TO REACH MILESTONE

Tammi Piermarini recorded the 2,000th win of her career on Monday, August 22 at Suffolk Downs, becoming just the fifth woman in racing history to reach that milestone. Piermarini piloted Sugar Trade in the third race to accomplish her feat.

"It feels excellent to get this win at Suffolk Downs," said Piermarini, a native of Amesbury, MA who entered the day with 1,998 wins before winning with her first two mounts. "This is home. Most of these trainers and owners are who got me here."

Piermarini, 44, joins Julie Krone (3,704), Rosemary Homeister (2,438), Patti Cooksey (2,137) and Vicki (Aragon) Baze (2,019) in the exclusive group of women with 2,000 or more career victories.

"My next stepping-stone is to move up to fourth all-time, then keep going," Piermarini said when asked about trying to reach 3,000 wins. "I may never get to Julie. She is my idol."

Piermarini began her riding career in 1985 as Tammi Campbell. She earned her first victory on August 30, 1985 at age 18 aboard Go Darby and Joan, also at Suffolk Downs. Despite enduring several battles with viral meningitis, she was still able to amass 986 wins through 1998, when she took some time off to address her recurring health concerns. During that time, she married John Piermarini, and upon her return to racing in 1999, she began competing under her married name with John as her agent. Since that time, Piermarini has been free from the illnesses that had plagued her earlier in her career, enabling her to win 1,014 races and reach the 2,000 mark.

Piermarini has had some time away from racing in the last decade, but it's been by choice, having given birth to three children: Izabella (9), Johnny (4) and Sophia-Lawren (16 months). She has not let motherhood slow down her career. In 2007, Piermarini became just the third woman in Suffolk Downs history to win a meet riding title. She garnered her second title in 2010 and is currently atop this year's jockey standings with 62 wins, 14 ahead of Jacqueline Davis. Piermarini is also a two-time recipient of the Eli Chiat Memorial Outstanding Jockey Award presented by the New England Turf Writers Association (2007 and 2010).

One of Piermarini's earliest career highlights came in 1987 aboard Tour d'Or, who equaled the track record for 1 1/16 miles at Belmont Park while winning an allowance race. The duo would go on to compete in the 1987 Massachusetts Handicap (Grade II), finishing third behind Waquoit and Broad Brush in one of the most thrilling editions of the signature race at Suffolk Downs.

Piermarini has won races at 15 different racetracks over the course of her 27-year career, with the vast majority of her triumphs - 1,586 - coming at Suffolk Downs.

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