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Live racing returns to Suffolk Downs in Boston

August 24. 2015 8:00PM

Live Thoroughbred racing will return to Suffolk Downs in East Boston, Mass., after a 10-month hiatus.

On three days: Saturdays, Sept. 5, Oct. 3 and Oct. 31, the track will host special festival days of racing that will include food trucks from more than a dozen vendors, craft beer, live music activities for the whole family.

Gates open at 11 a.m. and first post for live racing is scheduled at noon. Fans, in addition to traditional flat racing, can expect to be treated to steeplechase racing for the first time at the East Boston oval since 1997.

“These will be three days of celebration, the last of which will coincide with the Breeders’ Cup on October 31,” said Lou Raffetto, who is overseeing the planning of the festival. “We are inviting everyone who loves horses, loves Suffolk Downs, loves food trucks and craft beer and just wants to spend the day with us having family fun. We really see it as one big party during three great days.”

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