In the spring of 2007, developer Richard T. Fields joined local entrepreneur Joe O’Donnell in a partnership committed to Thoroughbred racing and the long-term future of Suffolk Downs. In September of 2007, a crowd of 19,191 – the largest at the track since 1996 – gathered to celebrate the return of the MassCap after a two-year absence. A trusted community partner since first opening its doors, the track has celebrated individuals and organizations that make a positive difference in its surrounding communities through its “Commitment to Community” program.
Suffolk Downs has demonstrated a commitment to the lifetime care of Thoroughbreds once their racing careers are over, becoming the first racetrack in the country to implement a strict anti-slaughter policy for owners and trainers with horses stabled on its grounds. Virtually every major racetrack in America has since adopted a similar stance. In November of 2009, Suffolk Downs, the Fields Family Foundation and the Thoroughbred Retirement Foundation established a home or retired racehorses at the Plymouth County Sheriff’s Farm in Plymouth, MA, where inmates from the Plymouth County Correctional Facility will care for the horses as part of the facility’s extensive vocational program. A field of nine breaks from the mule-drawn starting gate, 1935, one week after the track opened.
Suffolk Downs has undergone many changes over the years, but just as it was in 1935, it remains a vision of hope for a brighter future infused with the pilgrim spirit of hope, pride, and determination that it was built upon.
- Client Suffolk Downs
- Date March 28, 2014
- Tags Thoroughbred