Steeplechase racing is a significant element of the New England Horsemen’s Benevolent and Protective Association proposal to return racing to Suffolk Downs in East Boston this summer.
The plan for three days of racing, with purses totaling $1.5-million, was developed by New England HBPA consultant Lou Raffetto Jr. and is under discussion with the operators of the track. Any accord on the proposal would also require approval of the Massachusetts Gaming Commission.
“We are thrilled to be involved with the effort to return racing to Suffolk Downs,” said Bill Gallo Jr., the National Steeplechase Association’s director of racing. “If the plan goes forward, it would allow us to provide some of our better horses with racing opportunities during the summer.”
NSA President Guy J. Torsilieri complimented Gallo on the months of work that went into integrating jump racing in the New England HBPA’s proposal. “I want to personally thank Bill Gallo for all the time and effort he has put into this project,” Torsilieri said in a memo to the NSA Board of Directors.
Steeplechase racing last was staged at Suffolk on June 1, 1997.