A day after learning that the new Boston-area casino will not go to Suffolk Downs, that track’s COO, Chip Tuttle, announced September 29th as the final day of live racing. Suffolk, a losing proposition since 2006, will close for good in December. Tuttle (The Boston Globe): “The ownership has been very generous, very patient, investing money and losing money, over $50 million to date, probably closer to $60 million, to keep the racetrack running…with the potential promise of expanded gaming on the property. With that gone, it’s just impossible for racing here to continue.” This will leave the whole of New England without Thoroughbred racing.
Yesterday, at the terminal track:
In the 3rd race, “BRITISH GLORY hit the gate, rushed to press the early pace, had a small stumble after a sixteenth, stumbled hard near the quarter pole, lugged in near the final furlong and then bore out badly late.” That’s a “hit,” a “stumble,” another stumble (“hard”), and a “bore out badly.”
In the 6th, “FRANK BE COOL…fanned five-wide into the stretch, weakened, fell pulling up into the first turn, was revived, was walked around and then vanned off.” That’s “weakened,” fell, “revived,” and an ambulance ride.
In the 7th, “TURNAGAIN BAY popped at the start and rushed to press the pace, bumped the rail and PRETTY NELL, bumped CAROL ANN into the turn, then took up a moment later, clipped heels, fell and was vanned off.” That’s three “bumps,” “clipped heels,” fell, and an ambulance ride.
Good riddance, Suffolk Downs.