Page 12 THE SAUGUS ADVOCATE – Friday, July 5, 2019 Suffolk Downs send-off Lynn resident Jim Slavin, whose favorite horse is Burns the Boats, said he is being conservative, betting $5 across the board. Slavin, who has been a fan for 50 years, feels terrible that they aren’t putting the casino at Suffolk Downs. (Advocate Photos by Tara Vocino) Winthrop resident Robert DeCicco, who sports a Suffolk Downs cap, was betting in the $100s at the teller window. As he held up a slew of bets, DeCicco said the “historic site” never should have been closed, and he has been betting on horses since 1967. Boston resident Alexander Pelletier and former trainer Mickey McGrath, of Peabody, with their commemorative Suffolk Downs T-shirts on Saturday. McGrath called it “the saddest day in Massachusetts,” but even more for Revere. He joked that he’s a big spender and bet $60. “They’ll have to generate taxes elsewhere – all the greatest horses ran here,” McGrath said, referring to Seabiscuit and Cigar. Revere residents Shirley Duddy and Phillip Douglas, who own a horse there named Look up Lisa, bet $450 as they cheer on horses Judah and Petrocelli. “It’s a tradition that is lost in all of New England,” Douglas said. “It’s terrible.” While betting, Boston resident Manuel Londono said that he’s sad to see it go. Christine Parker and Jodi Rauso accept the trophy on behalf of Remembering Willie ’19, a former jockey in Maryland, for Charlie Mops, who placed first in the sixth race. Sporting her Kentucky Derby hat and fan, Kimberly Dabney, of Nashua, N.H., bet $200 on the horse Prefer Diamonds. Kevin Gomez was the jockey for Charlie Mops, which placed first in the sixth race. Number 2 was the winning horse for the seventh race. Charlie Mops, far right, won the sixth race.

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