Live Thoroughbred racing will return to Suffolk Downs this weekend with 13 races carded on Saturday and a 12 race card on Sunday. In addition to live racing, the track will have food trucks, live music, family fun activities and will be simulcasting the Belmont Stakes as Justify tries to sweep the Triple Crown.
On Saturday, the average field size is 11 horses per race and 144 total horses have been entered on the card which features $500,000 in total purses for the day. The featured race is a $52,500 optional claiming race for fillies and mares going one mile on the turf. That race has attracted horses from the barns of top national trainers including Michael Matz, Jason Servis and Jonathan Sheppard in the field of ten. In addition to the featured race, six other races have been carded on the turf.
“Our racing office has put together two strong cards for our opening weekend and we look forward to welcoming back the horses, horsemen and women and local racing fans to Suffolk Downs on what is sure to be a big weekend of racing both with our opening day and the hope of a Triple Crown on the line in the Belmont Stakes,” said Chip Tuttle, the Chief Operating Officer at Suffolk Downs.
Longtime Suffolk Downs-based trainers Jay Bernardini, Dylan Clarke and George Saccardo as well as prominent national outfits including Steve Asmussen and Michael Stidham have entered for the weekend's races.
Over the course of the weekend, there will be three stakes races restricted to horses foaled in Massachusetts as well as a competitive allowance race on Saturday. The $50,000 Isadorable Stakes will be run on Saturday and will feature Princess Dream, a homebred for Hamilton, Massachusetts-resident Mrs. Patricia Moseley, who will be trying to defend her title in the race after winning the 2017 renewal.
There will be many familiar faces taking part in the opening card including local jockeys Dyn Panell, and Tammi Piermarini, the third most winning female jockey in history. Also on Saturday's card, popular jockey Robbie Davis will be continuing his comeback aboard Alva T Soup, who he also trains. Davis resumed riding this year after a five year hiatus. His son, Dylan Davis, won his first career race at Suffolk Downs in 2012 and is also named on mounts for the weekend.
Post time for the 13 race card is at 12:55 p.m. and gates open at 11:00 a.m. In addition to live racing, the track will be hosting a food truck festival featuring food trucks from over a dozen vendors, craft beer, live music and family fun activities.
Live racing will continue on Sunday with 12 races including the $50,000 Rise Jim Stakes for Massachusetts-breds which will feature the return of Dr. Blarney, the winner of last year's running.
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