The 2011 live racing season at Suffolk Downs, featuring increased purses from a year ago, will begin Saturday, May 21. The meet runs through Nov. 5.
Daily overnight purses for the Suffolk meet will be $103,125, which represents a 30% increase from 2010.
After the May 21 opening, live racing will be conducted on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Saturdays for the remainder of the meet.
“As we embark on our 76th year, we’re excited about the adjustments we have made to our racing program,” said Chip Tuttle, Suffolk Downs’ chief operating officer. “With increased purse levels, a later start date and a three-day racing schedule, we feel that we can offer a better racing product with more competitive fields which will be attractive to fans and financially rewarding to our horsemen.”
Suffolk will have a 50-cent minimum Pick Four for the first time.
Opening day post time will be 1:15 p.m. EDT, but usual first race post time is 12:45 p.m. The final week of the meet will include a special Friday card in conjunction with the start of the Breeders’ Cup World Championships, which will take place Nov. 4-5.