Only a few months ago, the New England Horsemen's Benevolent and Protective Association and Suffolk Downs management were at odds over how many live racing days the East Boston, Mass., racetrack should run in 2011. Suffolk Downs wanted a reduction from 100 days to 67, and the horsemen wanted to increase the number to 125. They settled on a meeting of 80 live dates, contingent on the Massachusetts legislature passing a bill to reduce the number required by law.
The track opened on Saturday, Preakness Day, and raced its second live program on Monday. When the racing office tried to draw entries for Wednesday, however, it couldn't sufficiently fill the program, and the day's live card was scrapped until later in the meeting. Not sure how well thinge would have gone with 50% more live dates (120 vs. 80) and lower daily purses. Looks like they're having a hard enough time just filling the race days they currently have.
Here's the press release distributed by Suffolk Downs:
Suffolk Downs has postponed its card scheduled for Wednesday, May 25 due to insufficient entries. The day will be rescheduled at a date to be determined later in the meet.
“While we have over 600 horses at the facility, the weather of the last few weeks has interrupted training and, in turn, put a strain on entries,” said Suffolk Downs' Chief Operating Officer Chip Tuttle. “We anticipate that things will pick up over the next several days and we can resume racing as scheduled.”
The track will be open for simulcasting on Wednesday. Live racing will resume on Saturday. First post time is 12:45 p.m.
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