Suffolk Downs wrapped up its 2009 racing season with an increase in all-sources handle and a decline in live wagering, track officials announced Nov. 13.
Three of the five trainers that were banned from Suffolk Downs last fall for violating its zero tolerance policy toward horse slaughter have been reinstated and will be allowed to saddle horses for the East Boston, Mass. track's 2009 season, which runs May 2-Nov. 7.
Holding fast to its zero-tolerance policy toward horse slaughter, Suffolk Downs decided to ban five trainers who were involved--though all claim unknowingly--in an incident that violated the new code, which was instituted during the track's 2007 meet.
Suffolk Downs wrapped up its 2008 racing season with declines in live wagering and attendance and an increase in all-sources handle, track officials announced Nov. 13.
Why should this year's incarnation of the MassCap be any different than the other 65 events contested beneath the deafening roar of overhead planes from nearby Logan Airport?
Suffolk Downs will conduct Friday twilight racing in the months of June, July, and August, the track announced as it introduced its complete racing schedule and several other initiatives for the 2008 live racing season, which begins May 3.
Suffolk Downs will conduct Friday twilight racing in the months of June, July and August, the track announced April 23, as it introduced its complete racing schedule and several other initiatives for the 2008 live racing season, which runs May 3 through Nov. 8.
Suffolk Downs has named long-time New England Thoroughbred racing official Sam Elliott to the position of vice president of racing and has promoted racing official Tom Creel to racing secretary, the track announced Feb. 12. In addition, Jim Pambianchi has been named the track's senior director of operations.
Suffolk Downs officials are hoping 2007 was a year the racetrack and the Massachusetts Thoroughbred industry turned yet another corner toward a brighter, stable future.
The first two-day World Championships has created opportunities and challenges for Breeders' Cup and first-time host Monmouth Park.
Suffolk Downs has announced the addition of the Sept. 22 James Moseley Sprint Handicap and a pair of $45,000 stakes races to the Massachusetts Handicap undercard.
Suffolk Downs, which recently underwent a change in ownership, announced Aug. 15 that Bill Mulrow is the new chairman of the board of directors, and Chip Tuttle and John Rizzo have been named chief operating officer and chief financial officer, respectively.
By Chip Tuttle -- "...any student of media could tell you the trend away from full-time Turf writers at major metropolitan dailies has more to do with lower circulation, loss of ad pages, and rising costs of newsprint than lack of interest in horse racing."
Santa won't be bringing any $40,000 checks to the people holding consolation tickets in the Breeders' Cup Ultra Pick Six.
The Breeders' Cup World Thoroughbred Championships is well-represented in the Oct. 24 edition of USA Today with a four-page preview insert in the sports section that includes five stories, fields for the eight races, and selections by Turf writers and handicappers.
The racing industry marked the one-year anniversary of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks on the United States with various memorial services, including one that was simulcast to betting outlets around the country from Del Mar in California.
Democrats forced a new farm bill through a Senate committee Thursday after giving Southern senators more money for big farms and adding a dairy program that could raise retail milk prices. Provisions for loans that would aid farmers impacted by mare reproductive loss syndrome are included in the bill that cleared the Senate Agriculture Committee.
Turf Paradise is withholding its membership in the National Thoroughbred Racing Association because it claims it's being ignored, but the NTRA says it has had regular dialogue with the Arizona track.
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