Sunday, May 03, 2009

Bocachica, Thompson Star on Opening Day at Suffolk Downs

EAST BOSTON, MA – Jockeys Winston Thompson and Orlando Bocachica each won three races on the nine-race Opening Day card at Suffolk Downs before an enthusiastic Kentucky Derby Day crowd of 16,336.

Bocachica started off the day with an 11-¼ length score aboard Pop Rocket ($6.80) in the opener. He took the third race in front-running fashion with Red Magic ($5.40). In the sixth race, Bocachica finished in a dead heat for first aboard BL's Metropolitan ($2.80). All three victories came for the owner and trainer combination of Michael Gill and Marcus Vitali, who teamed up for a fourth win on the card with jockey Laurent Beaucamp and Touch a Prince ($6.20) in the day’s fifth race.

Thompson won three races on the card for trainer Rafael Ramos, starting with the fourth race with the favored Storm Door ($3.80). Thompson then guided champion mare Nijinsky Bullet ($8.00) to victory over the males in the featured allowance race and followed that up with Phil C ($5.00) in the ninth race.

“There’s nothing like a beautiful day, a great crowd and the Kentucky Derby to get the season off on the right foot,” said Chip Tuttle, Chief Operating Officer of Suffolk Downs.

The track also commenced it's 2009 "Commitment to Community” program, which will feature a series of Saturdays celebrating individuals and organizations that make a positive difference in eight surrounding communities: East Boston, Revere, Winthrop, Chelsea, Everett, Lynn, Saugus and Salem. On these days, the designated city or town will be recognized in a variety of ways, including “Community Winner’s Circle” presentations which honor individuals and groups who have dedicated themselves to worthy causes in the local community, honor guard presentations, national anthem performances and other unique opportunities.

Live racing resumes on Wednesday. First post time is 12:45 p.m.

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