05/29/2014 4:11PM

Suffolk cancels Tuesdays in June


EAST BOSTON, Mass.- There will be no live racing on Tuesdays at Suffolk Downs in the month of June after the Massachusetts Gaming Commission on Thursday approved a request by track management to scratch those dates and keep to the current three days per week schedule.

“The existing horse supply isn’t what it needs to be,” Dr. Jennifer Durenberger, the MGC’s director of racing, said in testimony to the five commissioners while adding that the dates would be subject to being rescheduled later in the season if the horse population increases.

Earlier in the meet, which began on May 3 and is scheduled to run through September 1, the track was forced to scratch the two Tuesday dates that had been on the calendar for May 20 and May 27 because of the difficulty filling cards with approximately 600 horses on the grounds.

In other action, the MGC voted unanimously to endorse the Internationalist Group of Specialists Racing Veterinarians (IGSRV) guidelines for horse welfare. Commission Chairman Stephen Crosby said that Massachusetts may be the first jurisdiction in the United States to do so, and now is sending a message that the issues addressed within the guidelines are taken seriously in the state.

The guidelines, outlined in a five-page report authored by veterinarians from the United States, Australia and the United Kingdom and filed April 1998, concentrate on 21 areas for humane treatment of racehorses, including good horsemanship, training methods, misuse of the whip, transport, severe or recurrent clinical conditions, racing injuries, veterinary treatment, medication, retirement, and euthanasia.

Sal Carcia More than 1 year ago
What happens to Suffolk if the Mohegan gets the casino license? I realize that Suffolk has committed to 15 years of racing if Mohegan wins the license. But, I wonder how committed the owners are to investing in improving Suffolk. It's a pretty rundown place. Racing facilities that stand aside of casinos have traditionally been ignored. My fear is the same will happen here.
Shawn More than 1 year ago
Please just shut Suffolk down once and for good. They messed up the whole casino bid. Bring back Rockingham Park for a small summer meet that is all we need in New England.
Paul F More than 1 year ago
4 and 5 horse fields does not cut it..
Tony Volu More than 1 year ago
I agree with senor on giving the fairs a shot at racing again.when I was a kid we had a ball at all of them ,Weymouth Marshfield Brockton hamp and barrington.plus you might as well throw in gambling,slots and all.people want to dream and its the only way of trying and have fun .we lose but we say wait till next year.
Senor Enrico More than 1 year ago
No one cares about racing at Suffolk Downs. The track is in a bad area, has small fields etc. What entertainment value does it provide? They should let Suffolk become a full casino and get out of the horse racing business. The owners of Suffolk would love it. In turn bring back the Mass fair circuit and have the Suffolk casino provide a small subsidy to the fairs. Even though the fairs have cheap racing they provide allot if entertainment value. Some of my fondest memories in horse racing was spending afternoons at the Hampton fair or the Great Barrington fair. Massachusetts can easily have a 7 track fair circuit like they used to and I think everyone would come out a winner.
Sal Carcia More than 1 year ago
Why is Suffolk in a bad area? It is easy to get to and in a relatively nice setting with plenty of parking. Don't think the setting is the issue. The fairs were in nice country setting and were always fun to be at. The conditions of the horses, the safety of the tracks and the overall integrity of these events left a lot to be desired.
David Smith More than 1 year ago
racing seems to be getting worse every year..small fields...bigger takeouts..belmont stakes day should be a positive though
D'Funnybone More than 1 year ago
Contraction, anyone?
Donald More than 1 year ago
hope this isn't an indication of a long hot summer,Finger Lakes just cancelled again today,lack of entries,very concerning,too many tracks not enough horses,are you listening Florida?
Russell More than 1 year ago
Florida? What do they have to do with it? Don't you know the dispute between Calder and Gulfstream has been resolved. They will no longer race simultaneously, likely starting July 1.