Suffolk Downs horses will compete for $1.34 million in stakes purses during the winter/spring meet in a 25-race schedule that will be highlighted by the 63rd running of the $500,000 Massachusetts Handicap (gr. II) on June 1.
Local stakes races of $30,000 will be conducted almost every week at the East Boston track, with 10 opportunities for Massachusetts-bred horses to race in state-funded restricted company.
New England's richest horserace, the MassCap, will be contested on the first Saturday in June. MassCap Day will also include the region's richest sprint, the $150,000 James B. Moseley Breeders' Cup Handicap, as well as two other stakes races.
The MassCap, for 3-year-olds and up, will be run at 1 1/8 miles. The Moseley is contested at six furlongs. The other MassCap Day stakes are the $30,000 Keith Brodkin Memorial Stakes for 3-year-olds and up at five furlongs on the turf, and the $30,000 Old Ironsides Stakes for 3-year-olds and up at a mile and 70 yards on the grass.
Other stakes scheduled for Suffolk Downs all carry $30,000 purses:
Jan. 19 Floyd Duncan F & M 4YO & Up 6 Furlongs
Jan. 26 Private Terms 4YO & Up 6 Furlongs
Feb. 2 Collegian 3 YO 6 Furlongs
Feb. 9 Yankee Fashion Fillies 3 YO 6 Furlongs
Feb. 16 Hannah Dustin F & M 4YO & Up 1 Mile & 70 Yards
Feb. 23 Waquoit 4YO & Up 1 1/16 Miles
Mar. 16 Isadorable (MA) F & M 3YO & Up 6 Furlongs
Mar. 23 Rudy Baez 3 YO 1 Mile
Mar. 30 Mystery Jet (MA) Fillies 3YO 6 Furlongs
Apr. 6 Rise Jim (MA) 3YO & Up 6 Furlongs
Apr. 13 First Episode (MA) F & M 3YO & Up 1 1/16 Miles
Apr. 15 African Prince (MA) 3 YO 6 Furlongs
Apr. 20 William Almy, Jr. 3 YO & Up 6 Furlongs
Apr. 27 Helena Fillies 3YO 1 Mile
May 4 Massachusetts Thoroughbred Breeders' (MA) 3 YO & Up 1 1/16 Miles
May 11 My Fair Lady F & M 3YO & Up 1 Mile & 70 Yards (T)
May 18 Boston Common (MA) Fillies 3 YO 1 Mile (T)
May 25 Miss Indy Anna F & M 3YO & Up 6 Furlongs
May 26 Beacon Hill (MA) 3 YO 1 Mile (T)
May 27 Sunset Gun (MA) F & M 3YO & Up 1 1/16 Miles (T)
June 8 Thomas F. Moran (MA) 3 YO & Up 1 1/16 Miles (T)
(MA) – Restricted to Massachusetts-breds (T) Turf Course