Sights and Sounds:
The Final Race Day
By Mikaela Lefrak
Suffolk Downs held its first thoroughbred races in 1935. Seventy-nine years later, the East Boston racetrack is shutting its doors.
After the news broke in September 2014 that the track narrowly lost its bid for a Massachusetts casino license, eight hundred and fifty people found out they’d be losing their jobs. An independent horsemen’s group has submitted a hail Mary pass of a proposal to the Massachusetts Gaming Commission to take over the track, but if it fails — which is likely — then Saturday, October 4 will go down in the books as the last time the ponies ran at Suffolk Downs.
What follows is a selection of sounds and stories from that last day of racing.