Only 9,100 people showed up for the wake, unlike the thirty some thousand who came when it was new. Race tracks have fallen on hard times as casinos proliferate like convenience stores. A group of horsemen are working to open the track next year but their battle is an uphill one, the economics just don't work anymore.
The 325 employees will have to find new work in a different field or move to another track. Exercise riders want to ride, they don't want to be in an office, on a truck or at a fast food restaurant. It's sad to say that Thoroughbred racing in New England is likely over for good. The lights will still shine in swanky Saratoga in near-by New York, but the glitter and glam of that hamlet in the middle of the state was meant more for the upper crust of racing, not the blue collar shirts from Boston. Rest in peace, Suffolk. You won't be last.