The NYS Gaming Commission reports that 4-year-old Hisnameisdash broke while training at Finger Lakes Saturday and was euthanized. Apparently, the gelding “had [an] issue [and was] given [a] year off” before resuming training this spring. Meanwhile: Although Suffolk Downs has been reduced to three two-day “festivals” – complete with oldies bands, bouncy houses, jungle gyms, […]

Suffolk Downs may have closed for good in 2014, but it left one last trail of blood. Through a “Public Records Act” request, I have confirmed the following 15 deaths: 5-year-old Rhythm of the Moon, May 14, Suffolk 4 6-year-old King Hall, May 17, pleuropneumonia 4-year-old Brass Rail, June 2, training 4-year-old Iwillneversaynever, June 6, […]

After 62 races – all but two, claiming – over five years, 8-year-old Funky Country was, according to prominent advocate Mary Johnson, scheduled to be retired. Problem was, he had one more race left on his sentence – a cheap run on Suffolk Downs’ final day. The chart for last Saturday’s 6th has Funky Country […]

For some who’ve long been immersed in the horseracing culture, objectivity has all but vanished. As the Suffolk Downs era draws to an end, Ray Paulick offers this: “It took the sweat and hard work of more than 4,000 workers to build Suffolk Downs. The audacious project, featuring what at the time was the world’s […]