Suffolk Downs Meeting Draws to Close Today: Nine Better Grade Platers Vie In Six-Furlong Main Offering, Daily Racing Form, 1949-06-07


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Suffolk Downs Meeting Draws to Close Today Nine Better Grade Platers Vie In Six-Furlong Main Offering SUFFOLK DOWNS, East Boston, Mass., June 6. — The spring racing season in Massachusetts comes to a close tomorrow as Suffolk Downs rings down the curtain on its 33-day meeting. Inasmuch as the meeting is closing on an off day and horsemen are busy transfering their stock to Rhode Island to be on hand for the opening Wednesday of Narragansett Parks 30-day meet, tomorrows nine-race card is deprived of the better caliber thoroughbreds. The entire program has been given over to platers of the claiming variety. Although turf races run at the East Boston track during the past meeting have proven popular to the extent of the cheaper horses, trainers have been reluctant to send the better grade horses over the grass course. The Grassland Handicap," which was scheduled as the closing day feature, for three-year-olds and upward, to be run at one and one-sixteenth miles for a purse of ,000, closed on Saturday with nine nominations. Included in the line-up was a varied assortment of platers and after the list was made public, only four signified their intention of accepting via the entry box this morning. Racing secretary John P. Turner, Sr., countered with an extra turf race for four-year-olds and upward, carrying a claiming tag of ,000 and received 10 eligibles. The best offering on tomorrows card is the sixth race, for older sprinters racing for a purse of ,000. Nine from the ,000 claiming ranks have been named overnight to contest the six-furlong dash named in honor of the Wine Spirits Wholesalers Association. That group is holding a convention in nearby Boston and expect to have a 100 per cent representation at Suffolk Downs tomorrow.

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