Live racing returned to Suffolk Downs on Saturday, May 18 as the track kicked off the first of three scheduled weekend-long racing and food truck festivals. An enthusiastic crowd of 9,127 was on hand as Tammi Piermarini swept the state-bred stakes races on the card, the $50,000 Rise Jim Stakes and the $50,000 Isadorable Stakes.
Fan-favorite Dr. Blarney earned the 18th victory of his career with a romp in the $50,000 Rise Jim Stakes under Piermarini and defended his title in the race for the third consecutive year. The six-year-old gelded son of Dublin is a homebred for Joseph DiRico and is trained by Karl Grusmark.
“I love getting to come home,” said Piermarini. “You can be gone for years and feel like you've never left. I am so grateful to all of the New England people who haven't forgotten about me and continue to give me the opportunities to ride these nice horses.”
Piermarini, the third all-time leading female rider in history, was back in the winner's circle for the $50,000 Isadorable Stakes aboard Tropical Joy. Bred by Christopher Trakas and carrying the colors of Gold Bear Farm, the six-year-old mare earned her first stakes victory for trainer Jacqueline Falk.
Also on the card, apprentice jockey Jenn Miller piloted home her first winner since going to the sidelines after suffering a traumatic brain injury in a spill in November of 2017. In the eighth race, Miller teamed up with trainer Wayne Potts for a front-running score aboard Prank Call ($3.20).
A native of Wales, Massachusetts, Miller rode her first race back in April of this year.
“This might feel even better than my first win,” said Miller, surrounded by her friends and family on hand for the races. “I fully believed I would make it back but could not have done it without such an amazing support network of friends, family and the horse racing community.”
Live racing is scheduled to continue on Sunday, May 19th with a card of eleven races including two stakes races for Massachusetts-bred horses. Post time is 12:55 p.m.
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