This weekend, Suffolk Downs will host the second of three scheduled live racing and food truck festivals. The $ 75,000 Drumtop Stakes will highlight the ten race card on Saturday, August 6th.
The $ 75,000 Drumtop Stakes is a one-mile turf race restricted to three-year-old fillies. The black-type event has drawn a field of eight and features some of the top trainers from across the country including Christophe Clement and Michael Maker.
Over the course of the weekend, there will be three stakes races restricted to horses foaled in Massachusetts – the Louise Kimball Stakes, First Episode Stakes and Last Dance Stakes. Each offers a purse of $ 75,000 and is a showcase for the Massachusetts Thoroughbred breeding industry. The $ 75,000 First Episode Stakes will feature a rematch between the defending winner, Navy Nurse and two-time winner Dreamed a Dream who won back to back editions of the stakes race in 2013 and 2014. Similarly, the $ 75,000 Last Dance Stakes has attracted a field of eleven including last year’s winner, Worth the Worry and Victor Laszlo who won the race three times from 2012-2014.
In addition to the Drumtop Stake and the Mass-bred stakes races, Saturday’s card will feature five turf races including a competitive $ 20,000 optional claiming race with a purse of $ 45,000. That race has drawn a field of ten and will be contested at one mile. Some of the trainers represented in the field include top international outfit Wesley Ward as well as former Suffolk Downs leading trainer Jay Bernardini.
“We know this race meeting is a little unconventional but it’s about the only way we could keep racing going in New England and give local horsemen a chance to earn purses over the short-term,” said Chip Tuttle, the Chief Operating Officer at Suffolk Downs. “We appreciate horsemen shipping in to support it and the cooperation we are getting from other tracks on the east coast.”
Suffolk Downs has also, as it did last year and for the races in July, reduced the takeout to 15% on all wagers. The takeout rate, the percentage of wagering dollars retained by the pari-mutuel association, has been lowered from 26% on all multiple bets, including exacta, trifecta, the 50 cents Pick 3 and Pick 4, the ten cents superfecta and $ 1 daily double. The reduction is from 19% on straight win, place, and show bets.
Post time for the ten race card is at 12:35 p.m. and gates open at 11:00 a.m. In addition to live racing, the track will be hosting a food truck festival featuring food trucks from over a dozen vendors, craft beer, live music and family fun activities for the whole family.
Live racing will continue on Sunday with ten races carded, including the $ 75,000 Last Dance Stakes and the $ 75,000 First Episode Stakes.
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