Monday, July 13 2009
Kool & The Gang to Perform at Suffolk Downs on August 22
EAST BOSTON, MA - Classic R&B recording artist Kool & The Gang, whose prolific resume of hits includes party favorites Celebration, Ladies Night and Get Down On It, will be performing live at Suffolk Downs at the track’s “Commitment to Community” concert on Saturday, August 22, which is also “East Boston Day.”
The concert is the culmination of the track’s 2009 “Commitment to Community” program which celebrates individuals and organizations that make a positive difference in eight surrounding communities: East Boston, Revere, Winthrop, Chelsea, Everett, Lynn, Saugus and Salem. Each of these cities and towns is being recognized with its own day at the track this summer.
Tuesday, July 07 2009
Salem Day at Suffolk Downs - Saturday, July 11
EAST BOSTON, MA - Suffolk Downs will be celebrating individuals and organizations in the city of Salem that make a positive difference in their community on “Salem Day,” Saturday, July 11. It is the third of eight days on which the track will recognize individual cities and towns as part of its 2009 “Commitment to Community” program.
Parking and admission will be free for Salem residents (with proper ID). In addition to a full card of live racing, the track will provide free family entertainment, including pony rides, carnival games, face painting and a balloon artist, at the outdoor tent and playground area. All in attendance will have the opportunity to have their picture taken with a racehorse and jockey at the track’s “Fan Photo Experience.” The family fun begins at 12:30 p.m. First post time for live racing is 12:45 p.m.
Thursday, July 02 2009
Get a Suffolk Downs Golf Umbrella
Golf Umbrella Giveaway
Saturday, July 4th
Celebrate your Independence Day with us and get a Suffolk Downs golf umbrella FREE with paid admission.*
Doors open at 11:00 A.M. First post time is 12:45 P.M.
Friday, June 26 2009
This Weekend: Phantom Gourmet BBQ Beach Party
One of the premier barbecue events in the nation is coming to Suffolk Downs!
The 3-day Phantom Gourmet BBQ Beach Party will feature some of the best barbecue teams in the world, plus additional favorite summer foods, music, beer gardens, and a sandy beach.
Friday, June 19 2009
Suffolk Downs Suspends MassCap for 2009, Focus is on preserving jobs at the track
EAST BOSTON, MA - Suffolk Downs will not conduct the Massachusetts Handicap in 2009 due to current economic conditions, track officials announced today.
"It's a difficult decision because it means so much to the loyal racing fans of New England and to everyone at the track, but our partnership does not think we can responsibly incur the expense of the MassCap when we are fighting to save jobs and maintain current purse levels for the horsemen who are here every day," said Richard Fields, Suffolk Downs’ principal shareholder. "Like so many businesses and families in the Boston area and throughout the country that are tightening their belts to weather the current economic storm, we have also been forced to make some difficult choices. We hope this is a temporary setback and that the local fans will continue to support our efforts to enhance racing in Massachusetts."
Wednesday, June 17 2009
NEW ENGLAND TURF WRITERS ELECT HALL OF FAME CLASS OF 2009
EAST BOSTON, MA - The New England Turf Writers Association has elected its Hall of Fame class of 2009, which will be honored along with the 2008 NETWA award winners at the organization’s 67th Annual Awards Dinner on Thursday, July 16 at the Danversport Yacht Club in Danvers, MA.
The class consists of champion Seabiscuit, jockey Chris McCarron, trainer Edward “Ned” Allard, owner and breeder Gil Campbell and reporter and handicapper Dave Wilson. The Hall of Fame was founded in 2005.
Saturday, May 30 2009
20th annual Phantom Gourmet Hot Dog Safari Sunday at Suffolk Downs
BOSTON (May 29, 2009) – The 20th annual Phantom Gourmet Hot Dog Safari (PGHDS), one of Boston’s premier family and charity events, is this Sunday (May 31) for at Suffolk Downs in East Boston.
The Hot Dog Safari (9:00 AM-4:30 PM), for the benefit of Cystic Fibrosis/The Joey Fund, is the creation of Eddie Andelman, The Godfather of Sports Radio, who this year passed the baton to his three sons from the popular Phantom Gourmet -- David, Michael and Dan.
Thursday, May 28 2009
JIM BISHOP (1953-2009), TRACK HANDICAPPER AT SUFFOLK DOWNS
REVERE, MA - James “Jim” Bishop, long-time track handicapper and publicist at Suffolk Downs, died Sunday from cancer at his home in Revere, MA. He was 56.
Bishop’s handicapping analysis in the track program has been read with great interest by the Suffolk Downs faithful for most of the last two decades. Affectionately known as “Bish,” he began his career at the East Boston oval in the 1970s working at the test barn. He set the morning-line odds for a period of time in the 1980s and served as a chart caller for Equibase at both Suffolk Downs and Rockingham Park in the early 1990s.
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.
Friday, May 01 2009
Suffolk Downs Opens Tomorrow, Kentucky Derby Day
EAST BOSTON, MA - Opening Day of the 2009 live racing season at Suffolk Downs is tomorrow, Kentucky Derby Day. Gates open at 10 a.m. First post time for the nine-race program is 1:15 p.m.
In addition to live racing, the track will simulcast the 135th running of the Kentucky Derby from Churchill Downs.
Wednesday, April 29 2009
Suffolk Downs Opens This Saturday, Kentucky Derby Day
EAST BOSTON, MA - Opening Day of the 2009 live racing season at Suffolk Downs is this Saturday, May 2, Kentucky Derby Day. Gates open at 10 a.m. First post time for the nine-race program is 1:15 p.m.
In addition to live racing, the track will simulcast the 135th running of the Kentucky Derby from Churchill Downs. Wagering on the Kentucky Derby will be available both Friday and Saturday.
Tuesday, April 28 2009
SUFFOLK DOWNS ANNOUNCES RACING SCHEDULE, SPECIAL EVENTS
EAST BOSTON, MA – The 2009 live racing season at Suffolk Downs will consist of 101 racing days, the track announced today as it introduced its complete racing schedule, several special events and its “Commitment to Community” program for the upcoming meet, which begins Saturday, May 2.
The “Commitment to Community” program, which commences on Opening Day, 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.