After 84 Years, Suffolk Downs Says Goodbye To Live Horse Racing

Tori Bedford writing on May 20, 2019, for WGBH News in Boston reports: Suffolk Downs is retiring horse racing — at least on this historic track, which is slated to be turned into apartments and retail shops. Suffolk Downs has before faced shutdowns, changes in ownership, and a casino bid that ended in failure. [CEO… Continue reading After 84 Years, Suffolk Downs Says Goodbye To Live Horse Racing

Four retired horses have new home, thanks to inmates and Suffolk Downs (US)

Cross-posted from Yahoo Sports By JIMMY GOLEN, AP Sports Writer PLYMOUTH, Mass. (AP)—Four retired racehorses from Suffolk Downs moved into their new home on Tuesday, stepping into sawdust-covered stalls built for them by prison inmates at a 90-acre farm not far from the rocky coastline where the Pilgrims first stepped ashore. The horses will live… Continue reading Four retired horses have new home, thanks to inmates and Suffolk Downs (US)

Nick Zito, Commentator and horse slaughter (Kentucky)

St. Nick speaks. Well, maybe not quite a saint, but there is a lot to love about Nick Zito. Firmly and publicly anti-horse slaughter, Zito does more than just talk. Excerpted Report Cross-posted from The Daily Gazette, Schenechtady, New York By PHIL JANACK Gazette Reporter Reporting from Churchill Downs Commentator has won four of five… Continue reading Nick Zito, Commentator and horse slaughter (Kentucky)

Furious (Running for Their Lives)

by DIANE McCLURE We received this via email, but you can also find it posted on, with comments on Final Turn. Posted 5 Aug 2008 at 11:00 a.m. ---------- Through the HBO documentary “Running for Their Lives” I recently became aware of the pipeline of sending horses from the backstretch to the slaughterhouse. We… Continue reading Furious (Running for Their Lives)

Suffolk bars trainers who slaughter Thoroughbreds

Suffolk Downs and its anti horse slaughter stance is still in the news, this week shining the spotlight on owner Richard Fields. Scott Van Voorhis filed this report for the online version of the Boston Herald ------------- Suffolk Downs owner Richard Fields wants the thoroughbreds that race at his East Boston track to spend their… Continue reading Suffolk bars trainers who slaughter Thoroughbreds

Suffolk Downs begins zero-tolerance slaughter policy

STEVE MYRICK filed the following amazing and welcome story for the Thoroughbred Times: Suffolk Downs begins zero-tolerance slaughter policy Suffolk Downs has established a new policy holding trainers accountable when their horses are sold for slaughter. Sam Elliott, the track’s vice president for racing, has informed the leadership of the New England Horsemen's Benevolent and… Continue reading Suffolk Downs begins zero-tolerance slaughter policy