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Spectators watch horses race at Suffolk Downs in Boston, Wednesday, Sept. 24, 2014. (Elise Amendola/AP)
Spectators watch horses race at Suffolk Downs in Boston, Wednesday, Sept. 24, 2014. (Elise Amendola/AP)
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Saturday marks the end of an era in the Boston area.

Jockeys will mount their horses and race for the last time at Suffolk Downs — which straddles East Boston and Revere.

It's the conclusion of a Massachusetts sports institution that endured for 79 years — dating back to the Great Depression.

The recent decision to build the Boston area's first casino in Everett rather than at Suffolk Downs was the fatal blow for the horse track.

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Bruce Gellerman, WBUR reporter. He tweets @AudioBruce.

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WBUR: Suffolk Downs Leaves Behind A Rich Legacy

  • "Saturday is the last scheduled day of live racing at Suffolk Downs. The thoroughbred track, straddling Revere and East Boston, has been finishing out of the money for decades and recently lost the casino license sweepstakes. And though there’s a bid to keep the races going in 2015, it’s a safe bet that thoroughbred racing is never coming back to Suffolk Downs."

This segment aired on October 3, 2014.

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