City spends a day in the winner’s circle

August 5, 2009
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City Councillor Arthur Guinasso presents a trophy to jockey Orlando Bocachica, winner of the City of Revere Classic, riding Onwingsandaprayer.

City Councillor Arthur Guinasso presents a trophy to jockey Orlando Bocachica, winner of the City of Revere Classic, riding Onwingsandaprayer.

Onwingsandaprayer and jockey Orlando Bocachica rated just off the front-runners and drew off to a 3 1/4 length victory in Saturday’s featured race at Suffolk Downs, the City of Revere Classic, as the track celebrated Revere Day, the sixth of eight Commitment to Community days honoring individuals and organizations that make a positive difference in eight area cities and towns.

Trained by Ernest Poxon, Jr., the 4-year-old daughter of Wild Event earned her third win of the year, completing the five furlong contest in :59 3/5 over a fast track and returning $4.20, 2.40 and 2.20. Front-runner Little Tara held on for second and paid $3.20 and 2.20. Lulu’s Secret returned $3.00.

Representatives of the Revere Beach Partnership, Mayor Tom Ambrosino, jockey Winston Thompson and trainer Rafael Ramos in the Suffolk Downs winner’s circle.

Representatives of the Revere Beach Partnership, Mayor Tom Ambrosino, jockey Winston Thompson and trainer Rafael Ramos in the Suffolk Downs winner’s circle.

Abigail Shaughnessy, a lifelong Revere resident, performed the national anthem prior to the start of racing. Shaughnessy is entering her senior year at Boston College, where she is pursuing a bachelor of science degree in nursing.

The following Revere organizations were recognized in the track’s Community Winner’s Circle: Revere Beach Partnership, Revere Beautification Committee, Revere Society for Cultural & Historical Preservation, Revere League for Special Needs, Revere Public Library, Revere First and CRW Elder Services.

Revere resident Abigail Shaughnessy sings the national anthem during Revere Community Day at Suffolk Downs.

Revere resident Abigail Shaughnessy sings the national anthem during Revere Community Day at Suffolk Downs.

The Community Winner’s Circle was established last year by Suffolk Downs in a continuation of the track’s long-standing community outreach program. Each Community Winner’s Circle honoree is recognized by the track in a post-race winner’s circle ceremony and with a contribution to their cause.

There are two other Commitment to Community days remaining at Suffolk Downs this summer: Saugus (August 8) and East Boston (August 22). East Boston Day will be capped off by a performance by renowned R&B artist Kool & The Gang. Tickets for the concert are $10 each with all sales to benefit local organizations. Tickets may be purchased directly from any of the seven Revere Day Community Winner’s Circle honorees. Special first race post time is 3 p.m. on Saturday, August 22. The concert will start at 7:30 p.m.

The other cities and towns that have been celebrated at Suffolk Downs this season are Everett (June 13), Chelsea (June 20), Salem (July 11), Lynn (July 18) and Winthrop (July 25).

Onwingsandaprayer wins the City of Revere Classic with jockey Orlando Bocachica Saturday at Suffolk Downs.

Onwingsandaprayer wins the City of Revere Classic with jockey Orlando Bocachica Saturday at Suffolk Downs.

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