09/29/2014 6:50PM

New England horsemen to seek 2015 Suffolk dates


The president of the New England chapter of the Horsemen’s Benevolent and Protective Association said that he will submit a preliminary application to the Massachusetts Gaming Commission indicating the organization’s intent to run a live meet at Suffolk Downs next year.

The deadline to submit applications for dates is Oct. 1.

"Our organization is looking at filing a placeholder application indicating our intent to hold a race meet at Suffolk Downs in 2015," said Anthony Spadea, NEHBPA president. "The issue is extremely complicated, and we need to see if the simulcasting laws in the state can be changed to make racing economically feasible. Meanwhile, we are extremely appreciative that the ownership and management of Suffolk Downs are keeping the door open, and we are thankful that they have a passion for racing and care about the dedicated horsemen and breeders in the Massachusetts Thoroughbred industry."

Following the MGC’s decision to award the sole Boston area casino license to Wynn Resorts on Sept. 16 rather than to Suffolk Downs’s gaming partner, Mohegan Sun, track ownership said that live racing would end and the building would be shut down for simulcasting sometime in December.

After officials of Sterling Suffolk Racecourse, owners of the 79-year-old track, announced they will not apply for 2015 dates, the MGC determined at a Sept. 25 meeting that "placeholder" applications, rather than completed ones, will be allowed on Wednesday. The commission’s legal department must still determine when completed applications, and the $125,000 bond which must accompany them, would be due.

The decision to apply for dates resulted from a long meeting between officials from the track and the horsemen on the afternoon of Sept. 29.

ken n More than 1 year ago
Will be running for $500 next year.per race
1971 Whippet More than 1 year ago
I'd rather see them run a few days at Brockton, Northampton and/or Great Barrington. Places that aren't supposed to me anything more than they are: bottom-level claimers running for $2500. Forget Suffolk. You need marketing genius to put 6,000 gamblers who'd risk $300/day on their races to give it any chance of survival. Oh....and that's without simulcast dollars. I used to hang around Bowie just before it closed. Suffolk? Same thing. Let it go.
Big Rob stud More than 1 year ago
Glad right people got in on HBPA board. Gives the track a chance anyway
Lew Gelbman More than 1 year ago
hard to believe that the Boston area can't support one decent racetrack
delmar moebear More than 1 year ago
hbpa doesnt know a thing about horseplayers. horseplayers are what makes all tracks go. horseplayers dont want to bet on 5000 claimers that are 1 for 35 lifetime! real horseplayers dont want to bet on over the hill jocks that are banned from riding in other states or are carrying 5,6,pounds more than the program states. i ask the question once again where was the HBPA in 1989 when suffolk was sold to buddy leroux and he closed the joint. i will tell you where they were ROCKINGHAM ! 3000 claimers that couldnt win at the lowest leval suffolk offered would win 10000 claiming races there. the talent and the money fled to other states and whats left is what you got now. casinos,slots and tablegame players aint horseplayers. i know this cause i am a horseplayer and my money goes out of state where i have a chance. i have been doing this daily for 35 yrs.i would never leave my circuit to go back to suffolk .i played there for 9yrs and i loved it.i was also an owner and enjoyed succsess but those days are long gone.in the early 90s jimmy moseley really tried to bring the track back to its glory days but it was too late .he coldnt get anyone to come back.you cant take cheap hamburger and press it together and call it a steak.give it up its not going to workout ever.iwould bet my life on it. i would rather bet on that than the pigs and losers that stagger around the once proud oval that has been reduced to an even lower venue than the old NE fair circuit of the 60s and 70s!
jon g More than 1 year ago
When Rock was running 3k claimers in the 80's,Suff was running 4k as their lowest,not 10K.. Horseplayers want big,competetive fields. Quality helps,but who wants to bet on 5 horse fields of 50k claimers either ?. The NE horseman screwed themselves by demanding that Rock pay the same purses as Suff even though their handle was 1/2
Thomas Cook More than 1 year ago
Wynn greased a few palms to get his casino. With revenue sharing included in casino bill the horseman just have to weather the storm. Wynn gets casino. So what. The revenue still HAS to be shared. If it isn't THERE'S a little fraud going on. Spadea is intelligent. Patience.
jon g More than 1 year ago
Greased them well. That's Mass. and a given.
raymond More than 1 year ago
Get a hold of yourselves everyone, there will be bigger and better things to come in the near future for Suffolk Downs and the patrons. Be patient, the kinks are being ironed out as of this moment. So stay tuned for more to come. Keep your chin down, hands up and elbows in.
Glen Johnson More than 1 year ago
I will be sorry to see Thoroughbred racing end in New England. There should be room for even one track. It is too bad that Suffolk and Rockingham can't split year round dates. Sad that there just isn't enough fans of the sport left...
jon g More than 1 year ago
I think Rock could do ok with a summer boutique meet,but the horsemen would want to saturate things
mikey More than 1 year ago
Shame nobody cares.
Frankie Morgan More than 1 year ago
I care its my racetrack I am saving that racetrack