Suffolk Downs Adds Two More Racing Dates To Fall Schedule

by | 08.11.2017 | 2:50pm
Suffolk Downs

The Massachusetts Gaming Commission approved a request from Suffolk Downs that will add two racing days to the track's calendar this year.

The Daily Racing Form reports that the gaming commission authorized the use of $800,000 from the Race Horse Development Fund to use for purses for the two days, which will be Sept. 30 and Oct. 1. Suffolk Downs officials and a local horsemen's group agreed that they would use “money from uncashed tickets” to cover part of the expenses.

Chip Tuttle, Suffolk Downs' chief operating officer, told the Form that representatives from the track met with a local horsemen. The two sides determined that money from uncashed tickets from 2015 could be used to subsidize operating expenses.

“It was pretty easy,” Tuttle said. “Those guys want to race, and we're happy to have a place for them to do it.”

Read more in the Daily Racing Form

  • Doctor Ichabod

    Great news! Probably best meet of entire summer along with spa. Bring back the mass cap!

    • kuzdal

      Doctor… should see a Doctor.

  • DanM

    The new owners can demolish the clubhouse and grandstand, shrink the oval to 3/4 mile and still put 2,000 units of housing on the site.

    Suffolk Downs is saved !!!

  • George Chimento

    And the winners are: NY Trainers who invade with Allowance-grade horses and take home the purses. Thoroughbred racing belongs in Massachusetts, but this current structure, which the legislature could take away in a minute, does nothing to incentivize the long term investment decisions which a breeder must make.

    A 3/4 mile bullring at Suffolk Downs, as suggested by one poster, will simply promote the mediocre culture here. Thoroughbred breeding in Massachusetts will continue to be a hobby unless we develop a real track on less expensive real estate in central Massachusetts. Wouldn’t it be great if the giveaway purses for these minor Suffolk Downs meets could be escrowed for the development of a real track and breeding program with long term stability for which you could make investment decisions?

  • Bman

    And another one on BC weekend.

  • Drew Mollica

    Save racing in Boston! Rufetto and company proves it can be done!!! A look at the popularity and success of these weekends is proof perfect anything is possible if you put good racing men and women in charge who understand the game! There is hope! If you build it they will come!

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