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Suffolk Downs says last day of racing will be Oct. 4

The last day of live racing at Suffolk Downs for the year and possibly forever will be Oct. 4, track officials said Tuesday.

The 79-year-old track in East Boston and Revere warned that it would close if it did not win a license from the state to host a casino. Last week, it lost its bid for the license to a proposal in Everett and immediately announced plans to shut down.

Suffolk Downs had originally said it would end the live racing season Monday, but in the announcement Tuesday officials said they decided to postpone closing to accommodate public interest in saying goodbye to the track and to provide an extra five days of work for its seasonal employees.

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“There has been an outpouring of support since last week’s events, and we felt that it would be more fitting to have the last day of racing here on a Saturday than on a weekday, to give more people a chance to take part in a fitting celebration of the end of an era here,” said Chip Tuttle, chief operating officer. The track plans to continue simulcasting until December.

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Martin Finucane can be reached at martin.finucane@ globe.com.