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Banned Suffolk Trainers Reinstated

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.

Suffolk Downs Bans Five Trainers

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.

TVG to Offer Live Coverage of MassCap

TVG to Offer Live Coverage of MassCap

TVG will air exclusive live, on-site coverage of various Breeders' Cup World Championships prep races, including the $500,000 Massachusetts Handicap Sept. 20. The race at Suffolk Downs is a Breeders' Cup "Win and You're In" event.

Suffolk Offers Big Brown, Curlin $5M

Suffolk Offers Big Brown, Curlin $5M

Suffolk Downs has announced that the purse for this year's Massachusetts Handicap will be $5 million if Big Brown wins the Triple Crown and both he and 2007 Breeders' Cup Classic (gr. I) winner Curlin remain unbeaten in 2008 and go on to start in the MassCap against one another. The $5 million would include a $1-million participation bonus for each.

Suffolk to Offer Twilight Racing in 2008

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 Restructures Management

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.

Guild, Miami Project Meet in Fla.

Guild, Miami Project Meet in Fla.

Meeting in Florida Jan. 18, representatives of the Jockeys' Guild and the Miami Project to Cure Paralysis said they will partner to develop standard programs for on-track treatment of spinal and brain injuries suffered by jockeys and exercise riders.

Suffolk Downs Restructures Management Team

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.

MassCap Set to Return This Year

The storied Massachusetts Handicap, last run in 2004, will be renewed at Suffolk Downs Sept. 22, five weeks prior to the running of the Oct. 26-27 Breeders' Cup World Championships.

Fields Buys Majority Interest in Suffolk Downs

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A company headed by Richard Fields, who co-developed the Hard Rock Casino and Hotel projects in Florida, has purchased a majority interest in the company that owns Suffolk Downs in Massachusetts.

Suffolk Will Revive Massachusetts Handicap

Suffolk Downs, which opens its 109-day meeting on Saturday, will revive the Massachusetts Handicap (gr. II) with a new date this season and a reduced purse.

Massachusetts Horse Industry Goes Dark for a Day

Led by a united New England Horsemen's Benevolent Protective Association, and with the support of workers and officials at Suffolk Downs, the Massachusetts horse racing industry cancelled the live Sept. 28 card at the East Boston racetrack.

Massachusetts Racing Industry Rallies for Hearing

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The Massachusetts horse racing industry is taking a day off Sept. 28 to show its support during a hearing in the state House of Representatives on legislation that could impact the industry.

Jockey Winston Thompson Gets Victory 2,500

Suffolk Downs' leading rider, Jamaican native Winston Thompson, reached another career milestone Tuesday. In garnering a wire-to-wire victory aboard 1-2 favorite Sundance Shamrock in the third race for owner/trainer Tim Kirby, Thompson reached the 2,500 victory mark in his 19-year career.

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