Suffolk Downs is offering free admission as it opens the gates for its 75th anniversary season May 15. Gates open at 10:00 a.m. and 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 Preakness Stakes (gr. I) from Pimlico Race Course. Wagering on the Preakness will be available both May 14 and May 15.
On Suffolk's opening day, patrons can purchase a 2010 season pass for $5, with all proceeds supporting the track’s Thoroughbred retirement programs.
After Opening Day, the following two weeks of live racing will consist of two race days each. These dates are: May 19, May 23, May 26, and May 29. Starting Memorial Day, May 31, the track will conduct a Monday-Tuesday-Wednesday-Saturday racing schedule until the conclusion of the meet Nov. 13. Usual first race post time is 12:45 p.m.
Suffolk Downs will celebrate its 75th anniversary throughout the season. Built by 3,000 workers in just 62 days, the historic track opened on July 10, 1935 and has been a showcase for some of the most famous names in Thoroughbred racing history.
“We are very proud of our 75 years of history,” said Bill Mulrow, chairman of Suffolk, in a release. “This is a great opportunity for us to pay tribute to the significant events that have taken place here while saluting the thousands of dedicated employees who have made it all possible over the years.”