Suffolk Downs, Massachusetts' only Thoroughbred race track, ceased offering live horse racing as of June 2019. The track area will be redeveloped into a residential and shopping area. The only remaining aspect of former track operations will be in the form of off-track betting, offered five days a week via simulcast.
Suffolk was a legendary track in a number of ways. During the Great Depression, Massachusetts citizens authorized pari-mutuel gambling on horse races. In response, Suffolk Downs was built in 35 days. Over the next 85 years, some of the nation's most celebrated horses and races were enjoyed at Suffolk downs. Among the horses who raced there were Triple Crown winners Secretariat and Whirlaway. Until 2008, the MassCap (Massachusetts Handicap) was held at Suffolk Downs.
A number of historical events, some involving racing and others not, took place at Suffolk Downs. One of the most memorable races of all time was the 1937 MassCap in which the legendary horse Seabiscuit broke the track record for 1 1/8 miles in front of a crowd of 40,000. In 1966, the Beatles played a concert on the infield of Suffolk Downs for 24,000 fans.
Always controversial, record-setting, and noteworthy, Suffolk Downs has seen its final live horserace.