Wednesday, October 22 2008
CANTER to Hold 3rd Annual “Suffolk Showcase” this Sunday
EAST BOSTON, MA - The Communication Alliance to Network Thoroughbred Ex-Racehorses of New England (CANTER NE), a volunteer group dedicated to finding new careers for racehorses at Suffolk Downs, will hold its 3rd Annual “Suffolk Showcase” in the stable area at Suffolk Downs on Sunday, October 26 from 9 a.m. until 12 p.m.
The Showcase is an opportunity for trainers to present horses nearing their retirement from racing to a large group of interested buyers. CANTER NE board members and volunteers will run the event and be available to answer questions from prospective buyers.
Monday, October 20 2008
Thousands Participate in Walk Now for Autism at Suffolk Downs
EAST BOSTON, MA - Thousands of walkers - including individuals with autism, their families and friends - joined together at Suffolk Downs on Sunday, October 19 to raise much-needed funds for critical scientific research and to increase autism awareness at the 8th Annual Greater Boston Walk Now For Autism.
City of Boston Mayor Thomas Menino was present to address the walkers before they made their way onto the track, which is a one-mile oval. The event also included various forms of family entertainment, including live music, games and other activities for kids.
Thursday, October 16 2008
Walk Now for Autism at Suffolk Downs this Sunday
EAST BOSTON, MA - The 8th Annual Greater Boston Walk Now For Autism will take place this Sunday, October 19 at Suffolk Downs.
Thousands of walkers - including individuals with autism, their families and friends - are expected to join together to raise much-needed funds for critical scientific research and to increase awareness about a growing health crisis that now affects one in every 150 children.
All proceeds from the event benefit Autism Speaks, the nation’s leading autism advocacy organization. Greater Boston walkers raised more than $1.3 million dollars at this event in 2007, when it was held at Suffolk Downs for the first time.
Monday, September 29 2008
Hall of Fame Jockeys at Suffolk Downs on Wednesday
BOSTON, MA (September 29, 2008) - Legendary Hall of Fame jockeys Pat Day, Angel Cordero, Jr. and Laffit Pincay, Jr. will appear at Suffolk Downs on October 1, 2008 from 12:30-4:30 PM to kickoff an 11-city Breeders’ Cup Legends Tour that culminates with a Legends Race on October 18 at Santa Anita Racetrack and to celebrate the upcoming 25th running of the Breeders’ Cup World Championships, the most prestigious global event in Thoroughbred racing.
The three riders placed first, second and third, respectively in one of the most exciting finishes in the horseracing history during the Breeders’ Cup Classic at Hollywood Park in 1984, with Day and Wild Again winning in a tight three-horse photo finish over Cordero on Slew o’ Gold and Pincay on Gate Dancer.
Saturday, September 20 2008
COMMENTATOR WINS 66TH MASSCAP IN RECORD-SETTING FASHION
EAST BOSTON, MA – Commentator and jockey John Velazquez sat patiently in second position before taking the lead entering the far turn and driving home to a record-setting 14-length victory in the 66th running of the $500,000 Massachusetts Handicap at Suffolk Downs on Saturday before an exuberant crowd of 17,712.
Commentator, trained by Hall of Famer Nick Zito for owner Tracy Farmer, was sent off at odds of 1-to-10, joining Cigar (1996) as the heaviest-favorite in the history of the race. The seven-year-old gelded son of Distorted Humor covered the mile-and-an-eighth in 1:48.97 and returned $2.20 across the board. Won Awesome Dude (4.60 and 3.00) was second, a length ahead of Cuba (2.80).
Thursday, September 18 2008
COMMENTATOR HEADLINES FIELD FOR SATURDAY’S MASSCAP AT SUFFOLK DOWNS
EAST BOSTON, MA – Commentator, a two-time Grade I winner for Hall of Fame trainer Nick Zito, leads a field of seven for this Saturday’s $500,000 Massachusetts Handicap at Suffolk Downs.
Commentator, the morning-line favorite at 3-to-5, is coming off of an impressive gate-to-wire score in the Whitney Handicap (Grade I) at Saratoga. He won the Whitney in 2005 as well. Overall this year, the seven-year-old gelded son of Distorted Humor has three wins from four starts, including a dominant victory in the Richter Scale Handicap (Grade II) at Gulfstream Park, which he won by over 13 lengths. Commentator starts from post two and will be ridden by John Velazquez for owner Tracy Farmer.