Racing at Suffolk Downs resumes after 2 years

January 02, 1992

Thoroughbred racing resumed at Suffolk Downs in Boston yesterday after a two-year hiatus.

With free admission to the grandstands, 15,212 people flocked to Suffolk to wager $1,231,680, said Tom Shanahan, a track spokesman. It was the largest crowd since Sept. 7, 1981.

* Alabama's only track goes on the auction block today in Birmingham, the victim of lower-than-expected attendance that cost investors $23 million.

The only recognized bidder will be Milton McGregor, a dog-track operator who has a prearranged deal with the bank to purchase the empty track for an undisclosed sum.

* Maryland-bred Wood So rallied to capture the $107,800 Grade III Interborough Handicap for 3-year-old and up fillies and mares at Aqueduct in New York.

The win was the eighth in 19 career starts for Wood So, who carried 111 pounds and jockey Diane Nelson to the 1 1/4 -length victory over six furlongs.

* Back in business after a dark season, Hialeah (Fla.) Park wants an expanded winter race meet and a return to protective state regulation.

The 66-year-old track expects to file tomorrow with the state Division of Pari-Mutuel Wagering for a 75-day meet next season to run from Nov. 1 through Feb. 14, said track owner and board chairman John Brunetti.

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