THE MALDEN ADVOCATE–Friday, April 5, 2019 Page 11 Sky’s the limit for Tornadoes track star Shataeya Smith By Steve Freker M alden High School’s Shataeya Smith has accomplished a great deal with the Golden Tornado track teams and it appears that her future is quite bright as well. At the end of the recently concluded high school indoor track season, Smith qualifi ed for the MIAA Division 1 State Indoor Track Championships and earned herself a fourthplace fi nish in the girls shotput competition with a personal best throw of 34 feet, 2 inches. With her high fi nish in Division 1 States, she qualifi ed for the All-State Meet. At the All-State Meet, Smith continued to excel, fi nishing 12th overall with a toss of 34 feet. Smith is also an accomplished student who has been receiving lot of attention from college recruiters including University of Tennessee, Belmont University, UMass-Lowell and Merrimack. She will also be competing this spring in the outdoor track season. “Shateaya (Smith) has had a Suffolk Downs to conduct fi nal season of live racing R ecently Suff olk Downs announced that it will run six live dates in 2019 – after the Massachusetts Gaming Commission (MGC) approved the track’s schedule and its corresponding request for purse funding of $3.8 million for those dates from the state’s Racehorse Development Fund. The three festival weekends are scheduled for May 18-19, June 8-9 and June 29-30 and will be the last days of thoroughbred racing held at the historic East Boston facility. In 2017, Sterling Suff olk Racecourse (SSR), the company that operates racing and simulcasting at Suff olk Downs, sold the property in East Boston and Revere to The HYM Investment Group, a Bostonbased real estate developer. In conjunction with the New England Horsemen’s Benevolent and Protective Association (NEHBPA) and the Massachusetts Thoroughbred Breeders Association (MTBA), SSR announced plans last year to refurbish and return live racing to the Great Barrington Fairgrounds in Great Barrington, Mass., and to continue simulcasting operations in Boston. The track operator has renewed its option on the 55-acre Great Barrington property and is pursuing legislation in the current session in Massachusetts that would facilitate its proposal. At Suffolk Downs, the $100,000 James B. Moseley Stakes at fi ve furlongs on the turf for fi llies and mares will highlight the racing program of June 29. The average daily purse distribution for each festival weekend, including participation incentives to encourage horsemen to ship in from other circuits, will be in excess of $600,000 per day. “We are looking forward to celebrating the rich tradition of Suff olk Downs with racing fans for one fi nal season here as we pursue the plan to preserve thoroughbred racing and its associated agribusiness and economic benefi ts in the Commonwealth by restoring the racing facility at Great Barrington,” said SSR Chief Operating Offi cer Chip Tuttle. “We appreciate the support of the Massachusetts Gaming ComRACING | SEE PAGE 16 tremendous career so far at Malden High and we are loking forward to her performance this spring in the next track season,” said Malden Public Schools Director of Athletics, Physical Education and Health Charlie Conefrey. “She is headed to a Division 1 college with the benefi t of a scholarship and we could not be prouder. “Shataeya (Smith) has been a great leader and contributor to our team and she represents us so well,” MHS track Coach Londino said. Shataeya Smith * A Delta Dental Premier Provider mission in granting our dates and purse funding requests” Dr. Mario Abdennour, Dr. Bhavisha Patel, Dr. Priti Amlani, Dr. Bruce Goldman and team.

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