Thursday, October 13 2011
MAJOR FOOD TRUCK FESTIVAL ROLLS INTO SUFFOLK DOWNS
What: Where can you get some of the best food in New England - from barbeque and lobster rolls, to grilled cheese and desserts - all in one place and all on wheels? At the SUFFOLK DOWNS FOOD TRUCK FESTIVAL on Saturday, October 22nd! The rapidly growing food truck phenomenon is here to stay as Boston’s historic Thoroughbred racetrack hosts its first-ever food truck festival with a full afternoon of live racing, great food, and fun for all ages and appetites!
Thursday, September 29 2011
Piermarini sweeps first 5 races at Suffolk Downs on Wednesday
EAST BOSTON, MA - Tammi Piermarini enjoyed a remarkable day on Wednesday, September 28 at Suffolk Downs, winning the first five races on the card and becoming the fourth winningest female jockey of all time in the process.
Piermarini began her historic day by guiding Riparian Right ($7.00) to victory in the opener. She followed that up with wins aboard Dr. Mulligan ($2.60), Sevenisthenumber ($13.00), Wolf Moon ($4.40) and New England champion Technically Wicked ($6.40), respectively.
Friday, September 23 2011
Suffolk Downs Fall Racing Announcements
EAST BOSTON, MA - The fall schedule at Suffolk Downs will include higher purses, two additional four-day race weeks, and the running of the $100,000 Robert M. O’Malley Sprint Stakes, the track announced today.
The O’Malley Stakes, named for the track’s longtime executive who died in 2007, will take place on Saturday, October 22. The race is a six-furlong sprint over the main track for fillies and mares age three and up. Nominations for the race close Saturday, October 8. The undercard will include the John Kirby Stakes, a one mile and 70 yard route for three-year-olds bred in Massachusetts.
Monday, September 12 2011
LONGTIME SUFFOLK DOWNS STARTER TOM SCHWIGEN DIES UNEXPECTEDLY
East Boston, MA - Tom Schwigen, the longtime starter at Suffolk Downs, died unexpectedly of a heart attack on Thursday, September 8 at his home in Chester, New Hampshire. He was 68 years old.
Schwigen has been the track’s starter since 1992. He served as the starter at Rockingham Park (from 1986-2002) and several other New England tracks over the course of his career. In 2010, Schwigen had the opportunity to be a member of the starting gate crew at the Kentucky Derby.
Tuesday, August 30 2011
SUFFOLK DOWNS SET TO RESUME LIVE RACING WEDNESDAY
Suffolk Downs is set to resume live racing on Wednesday after a power outage caused by Sunday’s tropical storm forced the track to cancel its live cards scheduled for Monday and Tuesday. The track will also resume simulcasting. First post time is 12:45 p.m.
SUFFOLK DOWNS CANCELS TUESDAY’S CARD DUE TO POWER OUTAGE
Suffolk Downs has canceled its live racing card scheduled for Tuesday, August 30 due to a continuing power outage caused by Sunday’s tropical storm. The track was forced to cancel Monday’s card as well. The track is also closed for simulcasting. Live racing and simulcasting are scheduled to resume on Wednesday.
Monday, August 22 2011
JOCKEY TAMMI PIERMARINI RECORDS 2,000TH CAREER WIN
EAST BOSTON, MA - Tammi Piermarini recorded the 2,000th win of her career on Monday, August 22 at Suffolk Downs, becoming just the fifth woman in racing history to reach that milestone. Piermarini piloted Sugar Trade in the third race to accomplish her feat.
Jockey Tammi Piermarini 2 Wins Away from 2,000
ATTEMPTING TO JOIN EXCLUSIVE GROUP OF WOMEN JOCKEYS WHO HAVE REACHED THE 2,000-WIN MILESTONE
Monday, August 22, 2011 (East Boston, MA) - Veteran jockey Tammi Piermarini enters Monday’s racing program at Suffolk Downs with 1,998 career wins. She is named to ride in seven of the nine races on Monday’s card. Piermarini began her riding career in 1985 as Tammi Campbell, amassing 986 wins through 1998. From 1999 to present, she has won 1,012 races as Tammi Piermarini (her husband John Piermarini is also her agent), for a combined total of 1,998 victories.
Tuesday, August 09 2011
JORGE VARGAS NOTCHES 3,000TH WIN OF CAREER AT SUFFOLK DOWNS
EAST BOSTON, MA - Veteran jockey Jorge Vargas recorded his 3,000th career victory on Monday, August 8 at Suffolk Downs when his mount Want Ad was elevated via disqualification to win the fourth race of the afternoon.
“That wasn’t how I wanted to get it,” said Vargas, a 53-year-old veteran of New England racing. “But, it is been a long career with a lot of injuries and I’m just glad I made it here. It meant a lot to do this here, at home.”
Monday, August 08 2011
STEVE SCHWARTZ MEMORIAL RACE AUGUST 13 AT SARATOGA
SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. – On Saturday, August 13 at Saratoga Race Course, The New York Racing Association, Inc. (NYRA) will name a race in memory of Steve Schwartz, former director of media relations for the company.
Schwartz’s family will take part in a winner’s circle ceremony following race 2 (approximate 1:30 p.m. post time), and encourage his friends to attend an informal gathering at 7 p.m. that evening at Lillian’s Restaurant in downtown Saratoga. Those interesting in attending should contact Steve’s son Eric at
Friday, July 29 2011
SUFFOLK DOWNS MOVES TO 4-DAY RACE WEEK BEGINNING AUGUST 1
EAST BOSTON, MA - Suffolk Downs will expand to a four-day race week beginning August 1. Live racing will be conducted on a Monday-Tuesday-Wednesday-Saturday schedule. First post time is 12:45 p.m.
The addition of Tuesdays to the racing schedule has been approved by the Massachusetts State Racing Commission. The number of Tuesdays with live racing will be determined by the status of legislation pertaining to the total number of required racing days for the year.
Sunday, July 24 2011
SUFFOLK DOWNS CANCELS SATURDAY’S CARD DUE TO EXTREME HEAT
Suffolk Downs canceled its live racing card scheduled for Saturday, July 23 due to extreme heat. The track remains open for simulcasting. Live racing is scheduled to resume on Monday. First post time is 12:45 p.m.